We at Trinity Church, along with the congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S. We mourn the loss of life. We grieve for the victims and their families, who often feel silenced. And we lament for those who have done violence to others and often feel removed from a community of faith.
We invite you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories and church teachings: A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence. Together through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. Beginning June 16 and continuing through August 16, our congregation will offer a daily email for subscribers, daily postings on social media, and pop-up (informal and somewhat “spur of the moment”) events to encourage small group conversation, reflection, and prayer about the church’s response to epidemic gun violence.
The kick-off of the 60-Day Journey will be on Sunday, June 16 at the Sunday morning liturgies when we will pray a litany expressing our communal grief concerning gun violence.
On Monday, June 17, all are invited to the screening of the film, Emanuel, at 7:00 p.m. at Blackstone Valley 14: Cinemas de Lux (70 Worcester Providence Pike in Millbury). The documentary shares the untold story of the victims and survivors of the Charleston church shooting on June 17, 2015. After the film, those who desire will gather at the nearby Applebee’s to discuss the film and the church’s response to gun violence. The tickets to the film are $14.50. Sign up and purchase your tickets by Friday, June 14 at this link: https://signup.com/go/QVJwOWn
In some ways we have become inured to gun violence. We must become re-sensitized. This 60-day journey of prayer, scripture, church teaching, and information bids us to face the painful truth about gun violence and to work for its prevention through the message of Christ for the sake of the gospel. We hope this time will help guide us as a community of believers to follow Jesus’ call to be peacemakers, to pursue justice, and to protect the vulnerable.
Day 1: 60 Day Journey
Emanuel: A story of love and hate, faith and justice
Produced by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, the inspirational documentary Emanuel will be screened in theaters nationwide on June 17 and 19. It follows the journey of the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C., after the racially motivated shooting of nine members during a Bible study on the evening of June 17, 2015.
The documentary features interviews with survivors and family members, telling a poignant story of love and hate, faith and justice, and the healing power of forgiveness.
Trinity Church invites all to attend a viewing of the film at Blackstone Valley 14 in Millbury tomorrow night, June 17, at 7pm. Tickets are $14.50. After the 90 minute film, our group will reconvene at the nearby Applebee’s for dinner and discussion.
More information can be found at emmanuelmovie.com.