Response to Charleston


A week ago, nine worshipers were shot and killed in a house of worship. This act of racial terrorism cut through the city of Charleston and throughout our nation and world. A few church leaders and pastors resolved to create a liturgy for the following Sunday- to create unity lamenting with and for Charleston. More than a thousand churches responded and used this liturgy- several within our Light Up the City Network. If your church used the liturgy or had a time of lament or reflection in honor of Charleston, please feel free to share in the comments below.

There have been commentaries on the tragedies, but this one from Lecrae was very moving and challenging. I especially appreciated his final thoughts, “There is a great antagonist, and it does not have black or white skin. It is the brokenness of humanity. May a love that miraculously mends our brokenness be the protagonist.”

"Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world." ― C.S. Lewis

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