Grateful to our member and Elder Bruce Hartley for posting a first call to prayer – I encourage all of us to
join him, each other, our President and fellow citizens across the nation and the world.
We are of course shocked, dismayed, and heartbroken at the horrific news. Twenty Seven persons –
20 of them children struck down this day. Words fail me as the weight of this heinous deed lingers.
Clearly the dark side of human nature is in evidence.
I know your hearts and prayers go out to families most directly stricken – to the parents, grandparents,
extended family and all those in Newtown, Ct. today. May those prayers continue in a steady torrent
that something of God’s Advent light may surround and uphold them even in the unspeakable hush of
this darkest of times.
As I look ahead to worship this Sunday, certainly the tone and tenor will be different than originally set
down. I will be praying our Lord’s guidance, and I encourage you each and all to be in our Faith house
to reflect together from the perspective of our Advent promise, to pray together for families whose
Christmas has been irreparably torn and to pray for each other in these days.
And above all, reach out and hold your dear and loved ones close. For God’s sake – and our own.
Nick Van Gombos, Pastor