Mourn with Those Who Mourn


Waking up to the news this morning, sends waves of grief that can be felt physically. Words don’t come easy…disbelief and tears seems to be the only response. Once the news sinks in- that a racially-motivated killing at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina left nine worshipers dead and a community shaken, questions begins to spring up. Why? How? WHY?

Scripture directs our grief and reminds us to “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15)– that God is living and despite circumstances and appearances- he is Lord. So today we mourn with Charleston and we lift up our prayers, laments and confessions to God Almighty:

Lord, help us to mourn with Charleston.

Lord, have mercy on Charleston.

Lord, heal the community of Charleston.

Lord, forgive us of racial tensions and divides.

Lord, we know that you are King- please help us to see your Kingdom come in Charleston and throughout the world.

During crisis in Horation G. Spafford’s life- the Spirit directed him in his writing of "It is Well," which has been on my heart all morning:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

There will be services held tonight (6/18) at Northwest University, Seattle First African Methodist Episcopal Church (6:30pm) and Quest Church from 6-8pm to address the events. If you know of other services- please respond to this post and we will add them to the body of text.

UPDATE: Kent Covenant Church is hosting a Special Prayer Meeting for Emmanuel AME Church Charleston, S.C.

Sunday, June 21st 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Fireside Room

Pastor Keith is inviting KCC’s leaders, members, attendees, and friends to join him for a special prayer meeting for our brothers and sisters in Christ of the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Everyone is invited to attend.

UPDATE: Great liturgy for Charleston: http://www.onechurchliturgy.com/

-Nathan Ryan

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