Like you, our hearts were broken. Like you, we found ourselves thinking “not again.” Like you, we waited for numbers and names. We have, like you, found ourselves with tears in our eyes at stories of heroism and at the sight of grieving parents and partners. We have, like you, been horrified that one part of our community has been targeted for an act of hatred and terrorism.
And like you, we have again prayed prayers of lament. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, we have prayed with the psalmist. Come, Lord Jesus, we have prayed with the church.
We write as your pastors. We, along with the church staff, prayed for you today, for Orlando, for the church and for the world. We write to share with you our grief and pain, and to remind you that we share yours. We write to affirm our faith in the One who heals all wounds, mends all brokenness, and calls us to a life of love and peace in a world of hatred and division. We write to call you, as the body of Christ at FUMCC, into a season of prayer for the people of Orlando, for the victims and their families, for responders and police who bear the burden of things they can never forget, and for the survivors who must carry the burden of surviving.
It is our desire to walk with you through this time. We are each available for conversation and prayer should you wish. Our prayer chapel is open and available at any time you may wish to stop by the church and we will be pleased to join you if you wish. Prayers will be offered in our worship services on Sunday.
If your need is to gather with community, we want you to know that Wednesday June 15 from 7:00pm-9:00pm, Good Shepherd United Church of Christ (1050 NW Maynard Rd.) will be opening its sanctuary doors for those in our community who wish to come and mourn together. There is no formal order of service, merely a season of community prayer. At 7:30pm and 8:30pm there will be a reading of the names. You are invited to come for a brief time or a longer time, as you need.
If you would like to connect with our larger United Methodist family, we encourage you to read the message from our Bishop to the North Carolina Conference.
Like you, we long for the day when such acts will not happen any longer, when we will learn to live as the whole human family under God’s loving embrace, when our prayer will be answered and God’s kingdom will come “on earth as it is in heaven.” Like you, we wait, and watch, and work for that day. We are grateful to be your pastors and to be engaged with you in “sharing the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary.” Let us pray together that the heart of Christ may be known in Orlando and in every place of human hurt and tragedy,
Grace and peace.
Carl Frazier, William Green, Martha McLean, Emily Mills, Colin Snider, Heather Wong