Grace and peace to you!

Dear Congregation,

Grace and peace to you! This Sunday we will worship outdoors in the peace of the Garden Chapel. We’ll celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion together. I pray that you will be present in person or join us as we live-stream on Facebook.

This is a three-day weekend, with the federal holiday marking The Rev. Dr. Martin King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday. I do hope you’ll take the time to remember and reflect on Dr. King’s life and work for racial justice and peace. He responded to God’s call with extraordinary courage, giving his life for a cause that still hasn’t been fully realized. Let what he and others accomplished inspire and encourage us to keep working until justice for all is a reality and racism is no more.

I share this poem/prayer with you and invite you to pray it often.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Candy


Holy God, may we hear your voice

In the stillness of night, in clatter of day.

You call us, and we respond,

Here I am?

May we follow you and

May we love as you love.

Holy One, through trials and turbulence

Make us steady, your hands

Holding strong the fragile and weak

May we love as you love.

Gracious God, may the fruits of our lives

Be food for the hungry, bread,

Clothing, shelter, fire, water, Word.

May we love as you love.

God of justice, remove the barriers

Of our lives that keep us from

One another, barriers we construct

Based on skin color, religion, or gender.

May we hear, and follow, graciously.

May we love as you love.

Loving God, take this day our fears, our

Worries, distractions, and all.

Turn them into grace and mercy,

And following the example of Martin Luther King, Jr.

And all your Saints,

May we love as you love.