A Prayer from Bishop Steven Charleston

Dear Parish Family:
 
Some 80 lives were violently taken from us this past weekend, lives lost to racial hatred, and home grown terrorism. Most of us are numb and in disbelief that a poisonous cancer such as this has spread through-out the land. We grieve and mourn for lives taken. I ask that we join Bishop Steven Charleston, in the following prayer that comes to us from the Native American/Indigenous Ministries of the Episcopal Church:
 
“Come now Spirit of power, come now quickly and seize this moment. The conscience of our nation teeters on the edge of change. Old wounds between us have opened. Deep divisions have been revealed. We are stunned by the cost of our own behavior. Now is the time. Now is an historic opportunity for love. Pull prejudice from us like a poison. Draw out the fear that breeds our racism. Open our eyes to behold our common humanity. Silence the justifications and the denials before they begin and keep our eyes fixed firmly on the prize, not on the politics. Come Spirit from all four sacred directions, from every color and culture, come and use this sorrowful moment for good. Heal our racism now.” – The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston
 
Healing and Grace to us in this dark hour,
 
The Rev. Wilfredo Benítez 
Priest In Charge (PPIC)

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