Dear St. Mark’s Family,

Tonight our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the violence in Orlando, and to the LGBT community, the innocent targets of hate.

At times like this, the church is a place of comfort and refuge. For those who wish to stand in solidarity with others seeking comfort and healing, there will be a vigil at Pullen Memorial tomorrow (Monday) evening. Here is the information from their Facebook page:

“Pullen Memorial Baptist Church will host a candlelight/prayer vigil Monday night at 7:00 pm to remember the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fl. Reverend Nancy Petty of Pullen Memorial, Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, and Rabbi Larry Bach of Judea Reform Congregation in Durham will be among the speakers. We will stand in solidarity with one another believing always that love overcomes hate.”

I am ill-equipped to act as a spiritual leader in these moments; the Rev. John Wall has offered the following words of comfort, compliments of the Episcopal Church:

Compassionate God, Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen


Virginia Cleary, Senior Warden