June 17, 2016 will mark one year since the massacre of the Mother Emanuel Nine in Charleston, South Carolina. The days and months since have been quite tough. Despite our grief, we continue to rely upon God’s grace. We lament that the hateful roots of such tragedies still flourish in the United States. It is in these trying times that we reinvigorate the fire and activism that gave birth to the AME Church. Because we know God is a good and gracious God, we believe love will overcome hate.
The anniversary of this fateful day cannot pass without a pause to remember, reflect and refocus. Remembering in intentional ways honors those we’ve lost and presents our church community with avenues for continued healing and reconciliation. Whether you remember in a public memorial, Bible study, prayer service or in an intimate group setting – I offer the attached liturgical resources to you. I pray they will be useful to you and those with whom you connect.
Available in various formats, these complimentary items include:
Sermon Outline – Opening Our Graves
Sermon Outline – Mourning and Re-Connecting
Litany of Remembrance
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Feel free to download all of the files from Dropbox by clicking here.