Dear Truro Family,
This Sunday is Juneteenth. On June 19th, 1865, enslaved people in Galveston, TX finally received word of their formal emancipation from slavery. This is worth celebrating! (And yes, I know it is also Father’s Day – I’m hoping just for twenty minutes of quiet with my coffee before heading in to church).
While the formal end of slavery is absolutely worth celebrating, we still have quite a ways to go when it comes to race relations here in the US. We have made strides, no doubt (and praise the Lord!), but we – as the people of God – still have work to do here. If you’re interested in learning a bit more about what that work could look like, Tony Zipful and Will Rowe (who you might know as the cheerful donut servers on the patio after the 10am service) would be happy to share some ways Truro folks have been involved in the work of racial reconciliation over the last few years. I am so grateful for that work!
There is also this wonderful prayer in our prayer book that I am praying today. Would you join me in doing so?
Almighty God, you created us in your own image: Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and help us to use our freedom rightly in the establishment of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Your friend in Christ,
Rev. Mike Seawright