A PASTORAL LETTER FROM FR. JAMIE IN THE WAKE OF THE MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017
October 2, 2017
Dear Members and Friends of St. Stephen’s
In the wake of the violence of October 1st in Las Vegas, I ask your prayers for Las Vegas, for the victims who died, for those who are injured, for those who survived. For family and friends and all those affected by this violence.
Please pray. But, please don't stop at prayer. Rather, let prayer be the motivating factor in our lives at this time. Prayer should ignite the fire within us to stand up and act.
And so, I also ask at this time for your actions as well.
I ask for your action as followers of Jesus and peacemakers for the Kingdom of God.
Work hard in any way you can to prevent violence and counteract hatred.
I ask you not to let your anger win out, because anger caused this violence.
I ask that you not let your fear win out, because fear fed this violence.
Speak out loudly and clearly. And let the whole world hear you.
The people of St. Stephen’s represent a wide spectrum of political belief. In this divisive time, those beliefs often separate us from each other. However, in this moment, we are united.
I ask you to do anything and everything you can to bring about real change in this moment of darkness, hatred, violence and fear. This is what it means to be a follower of Christ in this world.
And may the Peace of God which passes all understanding be with us and remain among us now and always.
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen