June 4, 2020 – On our closed building and the pursuit of justice

A message from the Assembly Pastoral Team (June 4, 2020):

Since mid-March, we have not been meeting in our building for worship or other congregational events.  We have done this to slow the spread of COVID-19; one tangible way of caring for our neighbor and our community.  We miss the opportunity to worship together in our newly renovated space; but we remember that the worship God deems essential does not require a building.  The worship God seeks is to loose the bonds of injustice, and to let the oppressed go free (Isaiah 58:6-9.  See also Amos 5:21-24, Micah 6:8, Matthew 25:31-46).

The virus that has swept through our country (and the world) has turned a spotlight on the deadly pandemics of injustice, of economic inequities, of heath care inequalities, and of racism rife in our land.  The recent police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, are tragic examples of the latter.

In this season of Pentecost, we put our faith in the God whose Spirit comes to people of all races and languages, and unites them in the pursuit of justice.  We thank God for those in the streets and elsewhere demanding an end to police devaluation and dehumanization of black and brown lives.  And we deplore the incitements to violence coming from the White House and other corners of society.

May we all find our part to play in the Spirit-led movement to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.”

— AMC Pastors, June 4, 2020

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