Saint Paul Area Synod
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Service of Prayer, Repentance, and Recommitment 
Sunday, July 10 at  5:30 pm
St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church (100 Oxford St N, St Paul, MN 55104)
With Bishop Lull & Presiding Bishop Eaton
The service will conclude with a time of prayer at JJ Hill Montessori

Please note that this is a time & location change from the previously announced prayer service & walk

A Message from Bishop Lull About the Murder of Philando Castile, July 7, 2016
A young black man, Philando Castile, has died in our community after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. His family grieves, friends are outraged, co-workers are stunned and news of the deaths of black men that we too often hear about in other communities has become our local news. Whether you are joining the Black Lives Matter movement in a public vigil, explaining this news to your children, or coming to terms with the fact that such viol ent deaths happen in our cities, we all have work to do to build a community of justice and safety for all, especially persons of color. I invite prayers in our congregations this Sunday - prayers for Philando Castile, for his family and friends, for the officers involved, and for the work of repentance and reconciliation that is needed in our country.

A Message from Bishop Lull About the Multiple Murders of Dallas Police Officers, July 8, 2016
Yesterday's sad news is followed by more stunningly sad news from Dallas where five police officers have been killed and seven more injured in a deliberate shooting of those called to protect our communities. We grieve now for five more who have died too early, unjustly and cruelly. We pray, and we act. Each one of us is part of the large fabric that defines contemporary American culture. Each one of us can strengthen ties with neighbors, respect the laws that create a civil  society, work for legislative reform where it is needed, and examine the shadow of bias, fear, and hatred that may be in our own speaking or acting. Soon we will know the Dallas officers by name, but even as that community sorts through yesterday's violent assault we can give thanks for those in law enforcement in our congregations and neighborhoods. These are men and women we do know by name. We all have much work to do. May God strengthen us to be bold enough to address the roots of violence wherever it threatens human life.

Other opportunities for prayer, reconciliation, & healing
Friday, July 8 at 6:00 pm | Prayer vigil at Chapel of the Incarnation, Luther Seminary (2481 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108) with Luther Seminary, Augsburg College, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Saint Paul Area Synod, & Minneapolis Area Synod

Saturday, July 9 at 5:00 pm | Service of Prayer & Lament at Falcon Heights UCC Church (1795 Holton St. Falcon Heights, MN 55113)

Sunday, July 10 at 7:00 pm | Como Evening Prayer Worship at Como Park Lutheran (1376 Hoyt Avenue W, St. Paul, MN 55108)