As I write this, I am remembering Valentine’s Day 2018. It was also Ash Wednesday and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The collision of the black ashes and the death of 14 students and 3 staff, the trauma inflicted upon a community, and a day in which we celebrate love wrenches the heart. This Valentine’s Day, fewer than 300, out of more than 3,000 MSDHS students showed up for their half day of school which included a moment of silence and volunteer projects. Out of this tremendous pain, great generosity has been born and great courage and leadership of a collection of High School students who are changing the conversation about gun violence in our country.
Our sermon will not be about gun violence, but on Sunday, we encounter (briefly) three women, part of a pack of women who follow Jesus – women our text says, who have been healed of sickness and demons. We will explore how redemption and acts of love and justice may be born out of pain. I hope you will join us.
We’ll also have a moment of prayer for those impacted by gun violence and in hopes that we can change the course of this unnecessary pain through our work and witness.
- Scripture: Luke 8:1-3
- Sermon: “Faces of our Faith: Mary, Joanna, Susana”
I hope you have felt God’s great love for you this Valentine’s Day, and if you haven’t, allow me to say: You are loved!
See you in the pews,