June 13, 2016: A Community in Holy Response:
A Time to Hold One Another as We Grieve and Rage
On Sunday night, several UM pastors and lay members of the Church of the Village and the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew initiated planning for a prayer service in response to the Orlando mass shooting. The service held Monday night was called, "A Community in Holy Response – a Time to Hold One Another as we Grieve and Rage." With less than 24 hours notice, the service drew nearly 100 persons together to cry, pray, express our rage and sorrow, and find comfort in community. Several pastors from COTV, SPSA, and ministers from the Rivers of Living Water congregation participated, as well as District Superintendent Rev. Denise Smartt Sears and Bishop Jane Allen Middleton. Katie Reimer beautifully led the songs that brought forth tears and held us together. It was a profoundly moving experience of God in community. After the service, most of those attending marched together to the vigil outside the Stonewall Inn, singing the Holly Near song, We Are A Gentle, Angry People (Singing for Our Lives) as we marched. Photos and a video can be found on our COTV Facebook page.