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Thoughts on the Tragedy in Las Vegas

Like many of you, I woke up in horror to the news in Nevada. Unfortunately, this is a variation of a message I’ve had to deliver a lot since I became a Pastor. I know many of us are offering the requisite thoughts and prayers. But I wanted to make sure you know in these fearsome times that you are loved. You are loved by God and loved by the people in this church. Life is difficult and it tries us hard. But in the midst of things we cannot understand, we remember that God’s Love is there for us always. We pray for the victims, the shooter, their loved ones, and the sickness of gun violence that has a hold on our nation. And we also pray for each other, as we give thanks that God has given us one another to be uplifted in this faith community through the good times and the bad. May God be with you all. I look forward to our reunion. 

God’s peace,
Pastor Jake

Special Prayer to Commemorate the Anniversary of 9/11

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of all mercy and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows so we can comfort others in their sorrows with the consolation we ourselves have received from God.

On this somber day we trust in the expectation of the resurrection to eternal life, as we remember this day those who died on the 11th of September 2001 and who now rest from their labors, especially those family members and friends who are dear to us.

Let us pray.

O God, we remember with thanksgiving those who have loved and served you on earth, who now rest from their labors, especially those we remember before you out loud or in the silence of our hearts. Keep us in union with all your saints and bring us with them to the joyous feast of heaven; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen. 

Pastor Jacob Simpson