Updates Following the Lewiston Shootings
Saturday 11:30 am – Normal Sunday Schedule
All regularly scheduled programs will take place on Sunday morning. This includes: Sunday Worship, the Church School Fall Festival, the New Member Gathering, and rescheduled Children’s Choir Halloween Party.
Even though the immediate threat to public safety has ended, we recognize that the events of the past three days have been emotional and difficult for our community. It will be good to be together to support one another as we begin to heal and look ahead.
Our prayers remain with all those impacted by Thursday’s shooting.
12:35 pm – Children’s Choir Halloween Party Rescheduled
Our Children’s Choir Halloween Party has been rescheduled for this Sunday the 29th at 5pm in Fellowship Hall.
11:04 am – Maine Coast Taijiquan Cancelled
The 12pm Taijiquan class will not be meeting in Fellowship Hall today.
10:20 am – Livestream Prayer Service Scheduled
First Parish will offer a live-streamed prayer service on our Facebook page at noon today. Please note this event is live-stream only. The church building will not be open for in-person attendance.
10:00 am – Message from our Senior Pastor
I ask you to join me in prayer for the victims of yesterday’s mass shootings in Lewiston. I also ask you to lift your prayers on this day of unease and anxiety for all those who are endeavoring to ensure public safety and provide needed care. I ask you to pray for families encountering staggering grief and for those who are receiving care for their injuries.
We are followers of Jesus. Jesus who stood amidst terrifying storms and said: “do not be afraid.” In these anxious moments, we turn toward Christ’s quieting presence, seeking the depth of divine peace in which we can root our weary hearts.
I also ask you to pray for our nation and our community. Pray that we might summon the moral courage to examine ourselves honestly enough to discover the twisted roots of this all-to-common violence. Pray that we will find the will to face hard truths and make the difficult changes to solve this national crisis. Our faith does not permit us to surrender to an unacceptable status quo. Our prayers alone are not enough if we do not take our part in God’s work of healing, hope, and justice.
I am reminded of Jesus’ words at the moment he was arrested in the garden. One of his companions drew a sword and struck a servant of the high priest. Witnessing this act of violence Jesus cried out, “no more of this!” These are the words I hear from Christ, standing in thick of this pain, and in the presence of these latest wounds, speaking to us—and to all:
“Do not be afraid.” And. “No more of this.”