This evening, we gather as a parish at Zion at 5:30 pm for our mid-week Lenten meal and Bible study. In tonight's session, we will reflect on the words of Ranjita Borgoary, the Women in Church and Society coordinator for the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India. Borgoary invites us to think more deeply about "God at work in and through the church, which is the body of Christ." Thank you to the members of St. Mark for putting together this evening's meal.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall. The event, organized by the National Council of Churches in Christ in the USA, will bring together many ELCA members from across the country. The ELCA is a founding member of the council.The rally's call to action emphasizes three key points: awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all; confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong; and transform the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions.
Events begin April 3 with an ecumenical worship service at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and will be capped off by a lobby day on Capitol Hill April 5. You may find out more about the events at http://www.rally2endracism.org/.
I believe this is a wonderful opportunity to join other Christians in speaking out against the sin of racism and I am planning to go to Washington for the ecumenical worship service on April 3 and the rally on April 4. If you would like to join me, please let me know and we can make arrangements to travel together.
Put thy salve to my sight,
Put thy balm to my wounds,
Put thy linen robe to my skin,
O Healing Hand,
O Son of the God of Salvation.
- Celtic Prayer