A Pastoral Message from Fr. Doug

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you
and his glory will appear over you.

Isaiah 60:1-2

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today violence and unrest erupted in our nation’s capital. Irrespective of our own political views, this is a moment when the people of God need to be fervent in prayer, to work for healing, and to bear witness to the never-failing mercy of Almighty God, which transcends the walls of division that separate us from one another. In this moment of national crisis, I ask you to join me in praying for our nation and our leaders. Pray for peace. Pray for healing. Pray for wisdom. On this Feast of the Epiphany, pray especially for God’s light to shine in the midst of this present darkness. We are first and foremost the people of God, who are called upon in our baptismal covenant to “stive for justice and peace among all people” and to “respect the dignity of every human being.” May God grant us his grace now and always. 

In Christ’s Love,

For the Human Family

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Social Justice

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In Times of Conflict

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School
The Rev. Dr. Douglas F. Scharf, Rector