A Little Summer Music presents a recital by classical guitarist and composer, Rafael Scarfullery, this Sunday, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A native of the Dominican Republic, Rafael is music director and organist at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The recital will feature his own compositions. A collection in benefit of PACEM will be taken, and an ice cream reception in the courtyard follows the concert.
On Wednesday, June 21, Charlottesville Gathers presents Cindy Garver, who will lead an overview of active bystander intervention training. How do we manifest Charlottesville as a Welcoming City? What do our neighbors need/expect from us? What do we expect from ourselves in this regard? How do we maximize safety for our neighbors and ourselves? This session is hosted by Gail Wiley’s group, Charlottesville Gathers, under the auspices of the Peace, Justice and Inclusion Committee, so if you have any questions, email Gail . The workshop is free, but please sign up
A few weeks ago during my sermon on Pentecost Sunday, I made the following comment:
“I fervently believe it is time for the Church again to make some noise. Like the early church at its birth, like those four freshmen in 1960 in Greensboro, NC who sat down at that all-white lunch counter, like those times in the past when Westminster Presbyterian Church has made noise, it is time again for God’s people to cry out against injustice, privilege and exclusion.
Last Sunday evening, the Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church decided to make some noise. In light of the current fear and anxiety present within our immigrant communities along with WPC’s history of protecting and supporting families who face prejudice and hatred, the Session approved the following Statement of Conviction:
Statement of Conviction
We find ourselves at a point in the life of our nation in which a climate of fear, racism, and xenophobia has resulted in official policies and practices that criminalize, detain, and deport undocumented people at new levels, tearing families and communities apart. As people of faith and people of conscience, we challenge actions that undermine due process, allow harassment, racial profiling, and discrimination to go unchecked and that precipitate the targeting and deportation of our immigrant neighbors, many of whom have longstanding roots in the community and American-born children. We affirm the dignity and full humanity of all of our neighbors, regardless of race, national origin, immigration status, gender, orientation, ability or faith tradition. We dedicate ourselves to welcoming, supporting, and protecting those targeted by hate and prejudice. We offer our church as a place of welcome and support, and we will work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to safeguard the dignity and human rights of all our neighbors in this community – The Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville, Virginia, June 11, 2017.
With the adoption of this statement, the Session now encourages WPC members and friends to reflect on what this means. What actions might we take as a congregation to safeguard the dignity of our neighbors in Charlottesville? How can we support people held in detention centers or targeted by hatred? How can we care for families separated by deportation? Take a moment to reflect on a comment made by Charlottesville’s ex-Chief of Police: “I can’t imagine what it would be like leaving the house each morning not knowing if I would come home that night to see my kid. . . .”
Over the next two Sundays (i.e. June 18th and 25th) The Peace, Justice, and Inclusion Committee will be hosting speakers following worship who can answer our questions and concerns. If you cannot attend one of these classes, please take time to learn more about this issue and pray for God’s guidance.
This week the Singers and Choristers lead worship together. The Choristers will sing a traditional song, Rejoice in the Lord Always with lively movements. The Singers and Choristers together will sing Look and See, an arrangement of a Korean folk tune by Hal Hopson. The Singers conclude the confirmation service with a beautiful anthem by Mark Miller, Child of God.
We celebrate the return of our organist, Jonathan Schakel from his time of study at Cornell University. He will play Prelude on Land of Rest by American composer, Richard Proulx. Land of Rest is the tune name for the hymn Lord, When I Came Into This Life which will be sung in the worship service. The closing voluntary will be Praeludium in C Major fürs volle Werk by German composer J.W. Häßler.