Editor's Note: This letter has been prepared with the current crisis (as of 6/3/2020) in mind. We realize it hardly “covers all the bases”, but hopefully will be a letter you can use to reach out and encourage your church family during this difficult time. We are praying for the peace of God to prevail, and unity, within the Body of Christ so we can lead the way.
Like you, my heart breaks with the brutal death of George Floyd.
The issue of racism has raged in this country for decades, and as we can see, it is still something that rips and tears at the heart of anyone who believes in the value of every God-created human being.
The Word of God makes it clear that Jesus looked far beyond the color of skin, or societal “norms” of even that day as He so often stopped to minister to the broken, downtrodden and rejected ones.
One of the most powerful scriptures I can think of sharing with you is one that most of you can quote by heart because it is IN your heart and it is this: John 3:16 (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is on (DATE), and this year we will be receiving a special offering for our local crisis pregnancy center by the name of (NAME OF CENTER).
Most of you who are part of this community know the tremendous work they do as they serve young ladies who are pregnant. Some of the ways they bless our community is by providing much-needed counseling and encouragement. Also, the ladies receive supplies for their children, such as diapers, baby bottles, strollers, and car seats.
Sanctity of Life Sunday is on (DATE), and this year we will be dedicating time during the morning service for this essential day.
On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.) Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God's gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protect human life at every stage.
Churches continue to recognize the third Sunday of January each year as National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
We are thrilled to have so many with us today who are the first to respond to our call in times of need. While we hope we never have to make that call, it's always comforting to know that help is a matter of minutes away. There have been a few times over the years we've even had to call for help even after gathering here for Church on a Sunday.