Welcome to Do Justice, a semi-monthly newsletter of the Virginia Synod, lifting up God’s call and command that we, God’s people, do justice. You will find helpful info about justice ministries in congregations, around Virginia, and through the ELCA. If you have stories of justice to share from your congregation, please share those with me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share them with others in the synod!
The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Assistant to the Bishop
We lift the communities of Virginia Beach in prayer this day, as our Commonwealth, our nation, and our church mourns the loss of life and loss of peace following the shooting in Virginia Beach last Friday. We rest this day – as we do every day – in the peace of Christ, which passes all understanding.
Let us pray: God of all grace, we give you thanks because by his death our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed the power of death and by his resurrection he opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Make us certain that because he lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, will be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (From ELW Funeral Liturgy)
Prayers and statements from around the Synod
Resources from the ELCA, as we lament the violence in our communities
60-day journey toward justice
Twenty-five years ago, the ELCA adopted the social message Community Violence, calling for advocacy and an end to the cycle of violence. This message is still all too relevant, with frequent occurrences of gun violence in this country. A new 60-day resource invites the church to journey together through daily observances that call us to face the painful truth of gun violence and work for its prevention as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It also includes a summary of church statements and teachings related to gun violence. The 60 days of prayer, scripture, stories and church teaching begins Sunday, June 16. Learn More
Rachel’s Day resource from Women of the ELCA
Rachel’s Day is observed by Women of the ELCA annually on the first Sunday in May, though it can be observed at any time of the year. It is a time set aside to mourn the loss of our children and to renounce the forces of violence and fear. The 2015 Rachel’s Day resource includes a litany for use in a special Rachel’s Day service. Learn more