June 19, 2016
Hymn: "In Christ There Is No East or West"
Text: Galatians 3:23-29
Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Friday was the first anniversary of the terrible shooting in the Emanuel African American Episcopal Church in Charleston, which took the lives of nine parishioners at a Bible Study. And a week ago, a hate-filled man entered a bar in Orlando, a safe place for the LGBTQ community, and opened fire, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others.