A Message from Rev. Stephen Love, District Superintendent of the Greenwood District:
We have been faced with the reality of the power of evil in our world demonstrated in a cruel and violent way this past week. We especially keep in our prayers all of the families grieving in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas as we also grieve.
In times like these we must remember that we have the reality of our faith in Jesus Christ who suffered and died for all of us. I want to encourage all of you, as leaders of our congregations, and laity to band together in prayer and in love for God and one another. Now is our time to witness to the power of God in love, as we pray for the families who are in pain as they grieve the loss of loved ones in such a violent manner. I pray for their comfort during their grief and for healing that only God can provide. I pray for each of you as well, as we seek God for ways to address concerns in our local community that will help us build stronger relationships with God and each other. We have work to do. Although we may not know how to move forward we know our first steps begins with surrender to God who will guide and instruct us. I also encourage you to be active participants in your communities where there are opportunities for grief and healing worship and prayer services.
I pray that God will give you peace that together we may also be the peacemakers in our communities.
On July 9, 2016, Bishop Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church issued a statement on the recent tragedies.
Click on the image to the left to read the letter from Bishop Holston.
Printed below is an invitation from Rev. Michael Smith to participate in a Counter Rally on Saturday, July 18, sponsored by Trenholm Rd. United Methodist Church:
“Brothers and sisters,
On behalf of our Associate Pastor, Zach Dillard, and the people of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, I want to invite you…to join us at the South Carolina State House for a Counter Rally of Prayer on Saturday July 18th, the same day and time the Ku Klux Klan will hold their rally on the capitol grounds.
We are calling all who are opposed to racism and the Christless ideology of the Ku Klux Klan to join us to bear witness to the life-giving and life-changing love of Jesus Christ as we pray both in opposition to their message, as well as for the redemption of those who adhere to it.
As the KKK gathers on the South Grounds of the State House for their rally from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, we will gather on the East Grounds/Gardens for our Counter Rally of Prayer at the same time.
Elders [of the United Methodist Church] are asked to wear stoles (no robes or other vestments).
We hope to see you there but if not, we ask that you will join us in prayer on this very important day.
The Rev. Dr. J. Michael Smith OSL
Senior Pastor, Trenholm Road United Methodist Church
3401 Trenholm Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204
Presiding Elder Rev. Samuel McPherson, Abbeville – Greenwood District of the AME Church, invites you to come and pray with the AME District family at the Long Cane AME Church, 8 Long Cane Road, Abbeville, SC. The service will begin at 6 pm. tonight.
Weston Chapel AME, 805 Cambridge Ave., Greenwood, will be open for prayer this evening between 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Rev. Furman Miller is the pastor. Everyone in the community is welcome as the community comes together in prayer for Emanual AME Church in Charleston as well as the entire Charleston Community.
Prayer Vigil Scheduled in the McCormick Community, sponsored by the McCormick County Ministerial Alliance and the McCormick County Community Relations Council.
As the people of McCormick County become aware of the horrific and tragic act of violence which took place in Charleston last night at Emanuel AME Church our hearts and spirits cry out in pain, sadness, and outrage. The McCormick County Ministerial Alliance and the McCormick County Community Relations Council are joining together to sponsor a prayer vigil at MACK Park tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM.
The purpose of the vigil is to pray for the victims and their families, show our unity as people of compassion, and unleash the positive power of mutual respect and love in a fractured world. We are asking the church leaders, civic leaders, and interested citizens help to spread the word as we come together.