The shooting at Orlando reminds us of the evil of humanity and the fragility of human life.
It is a bitter tragedy to see 49 people shot dead and 53 others seriously injured from a civilian mass shooting with military-style weapons.
It is also very sad to see the LGBTQI community targeted by a man who claimed to be influenced by Islam.
Yet in the midst of the tragedy and the sadness there is hope.
People have gathered across the planet to pray for the victims and their loved-ones, regardless of whether they agree with the values and beliefs of those who were targeted in the attack.
It shows the best side of humanity as together we demonstrate love for individuals, even as people disagree about matters close to our heart.
It is good and right for us to be engaged in debate about things like the definition of marriage, but even as we disagree, we must do so in love.
Let us keep praying for peace in our world, especially as we witness the sin and hatred that is sadly part of broken humanity.
Let us pray for the leaders of our world, as they seek to work together to deal with extremist violence and the weapons that can cause such harm.
Let us pray for those who are injured, for those who are grieving, and for the communities shaken by this senseless violence.
And let us pray in this tragedy that people might “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” and “know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19)
This weekend Jodie begins a three-week Bible talk series called ‘Leviticus: Life in God’s presence’, with the first talk ‘Sacrifice – the cost of pleasing God’, from Leviticus chapter 1.
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer Sunday Service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a prayerbook service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.