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Message from Rev Charlie – racism and division

07 Jun 2020

The death of George Floyd is deeply upsetting. As we grieve this loss of life we also reflect with sadness on the brokenness of our world. At St Mary’s we are a family and a community which seeks to see the world through God’s eyes, recognising that each one of us is made in his image, and in following him reflect his light and truth into the darkness.

It needs to be said:

We reject racism in all its forms. We commit ourselves to listen to each other – in sorrow and in joy – as we aspire to follow the highest example of Jesus who, in the words of Ephesians 2 : 14-18 (The Message Bible):

“…tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance…Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.┬áChrist brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.”

Some of these words are on the windows in our church building. Let God write them on our hearts as his people.