A note from Pastor Tom
Upon my return home after our Church Picnic last Sunday I received two e mails from friends speaking about the mass shooting at a Orlando Florida Nightclub. I quickly turned on the TV and received the horrible details. The next day our Presbyterian Church (USA) released a prayer, one paragraph of which I am including in this weekly e mail.
"God of life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance,
As the sound of gunfire echoes across Orlando
we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion.
We open our hearts in anger, sorrow and hope:
For those who have been lost: brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends
Your children, enjoying an evening of music and friendship,
Whose lives were ended or maimed in a hail of hatred and gunfire.
We pray for those who have been spared and those whose lives are changed forever
that they may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the hard days to come.
open our eyes, break our hearts,
and turn our hands to the movements of your Spirit,
that our anger and sorrow may unite in service to build a reign of peace,
where the lion and the lamb may dwell together,
and terror no longer hold sway over our common life.
In the name of Christ, our healer and our Light, we pray. Amen
Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus
Sunday, June 19 10:00am Morning Worship/ Father's Day
Sermon: "Being a Father
Lessons: Deuteronomy 6: 1-9
Ephesians 6: 1-4
Baptism of Jack Annielo Burgess
Monday, June 20 7:00pm Session Meeting
Thursday, June 23 6:00pm Bellport High School Graduation
Sunday, June 26 10:00am Morning Worship
Sermon: " From Words and Rituals to Actions"
Lessons: Isaiah 1:10-17
James 2: 14- 26
Presentation of the 2016 Peacemaking Essay Contest Winner:
Wednesday, June 29 Walking tour of Brookhaven
including stop at OSHPC
with the story of our history: John Deitz
Sunday, July 3 10:00am Morning Worship/ Holy Communion
Sermon: "Proclaim Liberty"
Lessons: Zechariah 9: 9-12
Luke 4: 16-21