Bishop Mark Lawrence Calls for Prayer in Wake of Mass Shooting; Services Today

I have spoken to the Rev. Jimmy Gallant, one of our black clergyman and a leader in the Charleston community, earlier this morning in the wake of the horrific shooting at Emmanuel AME Church last evening. Unconfirmed reports have nine dead from the shootings including the pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. The African American community in Charleston is crushed. The larger community staggers wondering how to respond. Many priests and lay persons in the diocese and elsewhere have contacted me this morning desiring some way to meaningfully respond.

Frankly, our hearts are crushed by this violent act. Our minds reeling as we consider the pain of our brothers and sisters who have lost loved ones””mothers and fathers, children and grandchildren, family and friends””as well as for those who have lost faith and hope from such a senseless act of hatred and insanity. My heart and thoughts also reach out to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in this diocese, especially those of African American descent, as we grieve in the aftermath of this horrific event and from whatever root causes lie beneath it.

Read it all.

See also:
Sunday’s Sermon from Emanuel AME Church in Charleston SC (June 21, 2015 )
WOW””A Steven Curtis Chapman song for Charleston South Carolina (June 20, 2015)
Dylann Roof Bond Hearing. Victims Address Charleston Shooter In Court With Forgiveness (June 19, 2015)
A Call to Prayer from the Bishops in South Carolina (June 19, 2015)
Bishop Mark Lawrence Calls for Prayer in Wake of Mass Shooting; Services Today (June 18, 2015)
Please Pray””Horrific Charleston SC Shooting Incident kills 9 at AME Church (June 18, 2015)


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4 comments on “Bishop Mark Lawrence Calls for Prayer in Wake of Mass Shooting; Services Today

  1. Karen B. says:

    For those who haven’t seen the news, it is confirmed that the wife of an ACNA priest was killed in the massacre. Here are the details:

    Archbishop Foley Beach released a statement and a prayer call this afternoon as well, including details of the killing of the wife of an ACNA priest during the massacre. (I did not see the statement on ACNA website, but they did send out a tweet confirming this news.

    The Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, the Most Rev. Foley Beach, on 18 June 2015 released a statement asking for prayer for the families of the victims.

    “Please join me in praying for the Rev. Anthony Thompson, Vicar of Holy Trinity REC (ACNA) Church in Charleston, his family, and their congregation, with the killing of his wife, Myra, in the Charleston shootings last night”

  2. Jim the Puritan says:

    If you hear of specific ways we can support the church and the families involved, it would be great if you could post it. I suspect my church will want to send support of some kind.

  3. Milton Finch says:

    Jim the Puritan, here is a page with information about helping.

  4. Jim the Puritan says:

    #3 thanks– I will forward it on to my church and see if we can organize some help.