Midweek Message

LABC Update – June 18, 2022

Jim Hopkins

June 18, 2022

The memorial service for Jesus Portillo is this afternoon at 1:00. Here is the YouTube link if you are unable to attend in person.     https://youtu.be/4L8MRud5wtY

Tomorrow is Juneteenth. Here is a prayer for the day from Xavier University.


Today, we commemorate the end of slavery in America.
This day partially reminds us of the progress made.
This day also partially reminds us of the progress we have not made.
We celebrate the freedom of black lives in our nation.
We grieve that we have not correctly reconciled racism in our nation.

You created each person in Your image.
The two greatest commandments call us to love You with all our heart, souls, and minds;
Then, to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Your love for us motivates us to love each other.
If we do not love each other, then ultimately, we have not experienced Your love.

As much as we commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth, we grieve this day.
We mourn that our black brothers and sisters have not been loved as our neighbors.
We mourn that our black brothers and sisters have been treated less than created in Your image throughout history.
So, Lord, we confess our sins and repent.
The healing and reconciliation we desire comes from the gospel.

On Juneteenth this year, we ask You to guide our nation.
May the good news of the gospel motivate us to love each other.
May the ideals of our words match the practices of our lives.
May a fresh empowerment of Your Spirit unite us together.
Give us eyes to see and ears to hear Your will and leading.

– Peter Englert

This morning on LABC Zoom – Together In Spirit 10:00

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Congratulations to Skip Keller and Jodi Murphy, longtime friends of LABC as well as longtime supporters of the Hunger Task Force on the birth (June 15) of their first grandson, Charles He Keller.