Today is the International Day of Peace.
And now chaos has come to our own Queen City here in Charlotte, NC. But it didn't just arrive 24 hours ago. It's been brewing here like it brews everywhere. Yesterday it just became clear and plain for all to see.
And so, when we don't know what else to do, we gather.
We were already going to gather tonight around Peace Poles that our Youth have been making. But in light of the last 24 hours, we gather with perhaps more intensity. So if you need a place to pray and to reflect and you want to do that in community, please join us at 6:30 in the Community Center. (If you do not have dinner reservations, it is too late for that, but still come if you will.)
Someone said to us a long time ago that the only place that they heard the consistent message of love and forgiveness and grace and hope and peace is at church. So tonight our focus will be twofold:
1) Do Not Be Afraid - even when times are scary, our faithful message will be: Fear Not;
2) Let us pray for, work for, commit our very lives to whatever makes for Peace.
Join us if you can. When we don't know what else to do, we gather.
It's a start.