A Service of Remembrance, Repentance and Revolution
June 12, 2019 6:30 p.m.
The congregations of First Presbyterian Church, Heartland MCC and First Church of the Brethren invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 12 for a service of remembrance, repentance and revolution. The service will be held at First Presbyterian Church located on the corner of Seventh and Capitol streets.
We will remember.
June 12 marks the third anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. The Pulse was a known as a gathering place for LGBT persons and most of the victims were LGBT. We will remember those victims with the tolling of the church bell. We will also remember the victims of a June 24, 1973 arson fire in New Orleans at a gay bar called the Upstairs Lounge. The bell will toll for the thirty-two people who died in that fire. And then the bell will toll in remembrance of 29 of our transgendered siblings who were murdered in 2018.
We will repent.
The Christian church has a history of bringing pain and rejection into the lives of LGBTQIA+ persons. This service will include a call to the church to acknowledge (confess) the suffering it has caused and to alter its course to embody the love of Christ for all – no exceptions.
We will be challenged to become revolutionaries and liberators.
June is traditionally Pride month because it is the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. We will remember and honor those who 50 years ago rejected the discrimination and hatred, took a stand for equality and respect and revolutionized the way the world sees LGBTQIA+ persons. Revolution is not just about rebellion. Another definition of revolution is "a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something, a change of paradigm". The repentant church needs to fundamentally alter the way it views and interacts with persons who are LGBTQIA+. This service will include a call to make the church a fully inclusive and loving place for all of God's children.
The service is open to everyone regardless of faith traditions (or the lack thereof). We will be drawing from the Protestant Christian faith traditions and music of the three sponsoring churches as we craft this service. Communion will be offered to anyone who wishes to partake. We will have a community choir and we welcome any who would like to be a part that group to contact Tim at First Presbyterian Church