Jesus Against Injustice – 06.19.20 Update from PJ

By June 19, 2020June 24th, 2020A Note from PJ

Jesus Against Injustice – 06.19.20 Update from PJ

Hi friend–

The global pandemic of these past months has created uncharted waters for all of us.  Our prayer is that we will come through this time stronger, and with greater impact…both individually, and as a church family.  I’m grateful we serve a big and faithful God!

We would love to get your input on how this season has impacted you.  If you could take 3 minutes to fill out this survey, our Elders will discuss the findings as we seek to lead effectively.

In addition to the pandemic, recent events in our nation have been a sobering reminder of how much progress still needs to be made in terms of racial justice and unity.  We have grieved; we have seen each other and felt each other’s pain. And we want our lament to lead to learning and active loving.  For a brief and compelling overview of what led to our current crisis, I strongly recommend this video by Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales.  It is one of the best summaries I’ve seen in analyzing the series of injustices that have led to the current state in our nation.

Today is Juneteenth, and numerous churches in Northeast Ohio are gathering from

3-5pm today at Severance Circle for a “Jesus Against Injustice” march. The short march will end in a gathering of worship, prayer, and inspirational speaking and unifying updates around the topic of racial injustice. We support the statement that black lives do matter, but we do not support the Black Lives Matter secular organization. This is an opportunity for Christ-followers to “seek justice and help the oppressed” (Isaiah 1:17).

To participate you can simply show up at 40 Severance Cir, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 at 2:45pm. Marching will start at 3pm. If you would like, you can sign up for the march or find additional information HERE.  The Police have asked that you park at the Fitness Zone across the street from City Hall. If that parking area is full, the Lutheran East School parking lot is also available. The march will start and end at City Hall. Please make sure that any signs are God-honoring and respectful.

I’m praying that Colossians 4:6 will be true for me and all of us in these days:  “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Grateful for the Holy Spirit who lives in us and is able to help us reflect Jesus in all that we say and do,
Pastor Jonathan Schaeffer
Senior Pastor, Grace Church

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