As we look toward tomorrow’s sermon, and try to think through some of the very real, very complicated, very painful realities of racism in our world, I am pleased to share with you these resources for families. The best thing we can do is to teach children to respect all people, regardless of differences.

This section from Living Faith, one of the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s subordinate standards (that is, guiding statements for our church that are not the Bible itself):

From Living Faith, the entire document is available here.

My friends Shelagh and Rob have been singing in the kitchen again – and this hymn is exactly what we need right now. It reflects, also, the words above from Living Faith, I hear the echo of those words in these lyrics: “I will weep, when you are weeping” and “I will hold the Christ-light for you, in nighttime of your fear.” We need each other, and we need to serve each other in Christ’s name:

Hymn lyrics: #635: Brother, sister, let me serve you

And because music is always good for the soul, this gorgeous instrumental duet by my friends Shelagh, and Thomas:

Finally, an important word from the scriptures:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you reflect on what it means to be loving in these difficult days. May you know the steadfast love God has for you, and may you share it with everyone you meet.