Dear People of Grace Church,
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” It is with heavy heart and troubling spirit I write to you, dear children of God, about the senseless murdering of two innocent young men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota by the officers of the law, who swore to protect the dignity of all through faithful service in their communities; and the most devilish and inhumane retaliation, which killed five and injured seven of our finest and bravest officers of Dallas Police Department in Texas. In his statement on the shootings, our Diocesan Bishop, The Right Rev. William H. Stokes writes, “these acts of violence intimate anarchy on the one hand, and totalitarianism on the other. All of this has occurred in the week of our nation’s 240th anniversary. This should challenge us. We are neither the nation we could be, nor the nation God calls us to be.”
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” This is a call to a deep-down search and higher level of examination of our moral consciousness that empowers us to teach ourselves the fear of God. This basic tenet of human existence recognizes the presence of Jesus in every life because all lives matter to God who creates them.
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” This call is for all people to pause and immediately engage with one another on constructive methods for recognizing and managing our levels of anger, fear, and ignorance in groups, communities, religious, and civil settings. The ignorant, angry and the fearful quickly become criminals and bullies when they lay their hands on deadly and dangerous weapons, especially guns. The result will be catastrophic and similar to what we are experiencing now in our dear nation. “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” This is a clarion call for all law enforcement officers and the various communities to learn how to recognize and manage their ignorance, anger, and fears vis-à-vis these senseless, prejudiced and barbaric killings of innocent souls that can never augur well with our nation and society if left unchecked.
I call on all our parishioners and friends to join Grace Church, Plainfield, New Jersey for a day of spiritual healing and fast for God’s intervention on us, the people of this land because we have failed God, failed ourselves, and failed our nation, the United States. God Himself says
…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:14-16
The day of the fasting and healing is on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12:00 Noon at the Chapel of All Saints, Grace Church, 600 Cleveland Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060, and it is open to ALL. Peradventure you might not make it to the venue, kindly send in your prayer requests to us either by mail through the mailing address above or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Love must win!
The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina