Songs, Silences, and Prayers for Peace
A Prayer Vigil at Westminster Presbyterian Church set for August 10th at 7:00.
On August 12th, in Emancipation Park (formerly called Lee Park) a group, led by Jason Kessler, will be demonstrating against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. According to the police chief of Charlottesville, people (400+) will be arriving from all over the country to unite together against, what they claim as, “anti-white” bigotry. In summary, this upcoming gathering in C’Ville has stirred up fear, anger, and division in our beautiful city. Respecting each other, honoring God, and loving one’s neighbors are not what this event is about. And so, in my opinion, with all the concerns and worries swirling around this day in August, my suggestion is to stay home.
On the other hand, on August 10th at 7:00 PM, a prayer vigil will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Participating clergy from First Presbyterian, Cove, Olivet, Rockfish Gap, Westminster, and other Presbyterian churches in the area will come together to lead a service of worship entitled: “Songs, Silences, and Prayers for Peace.” In my almost 30 years of pastoral ministry, it is rare occurrence when congregations and pastors can come together to pray, sing, and support one another. So, come! Let us join together in praying for peace and the end of hatred and violence both locally and globally.