This service featured a variety of speakers and prayers responding to another series of shootings in our country.
We read the names of victims and prayed for the loved ones of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Dallas Police Officers, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa and Brent Thompson
Rev. John Weems examined the “Good Samaritan” passage from Luke, focusing on the question of “Who is my neighbor?” Colleen Weems shared her sentiment on how we respond to hate as individuals and as a society. Emmanuel McCarter, a young black man who lives near Calvary, shared his experience. Emmanuel’s father was killed by police in Texas just 10 days after Emmanuel’s 16th birthday. He shares his experience, and the hope he has for the future of our community.
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.[a] “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”