Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Matthew 5:9

"How is the world so full of hate and distrust? What can be done to stop what seems to be ever increasing acts of violence?" asks Bishop Janice Huie of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

She goes on to provide a hopeful challenge for people of faith: "We are not powerless. We are called to be peacemakers."

In the spirit of peacemaking, this Tuesday, July 12, at 7 pm, St. Paul's United Methodist Church will hold a Community Prayer Vigil in the sanctuary, in partnership with St. John's United Methodist Church

We will turn to God in prayer, seeking peace and reconciliation with our neighbors as our nation grapples with the racially-charged violence of last week. We deeply lament and detest the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in St. Paul, and the five police officers in Dallas. Our prayers will continue to surround their families and their communities.

Leading the gathered people in prayer will be St. Paul's ministers, Tommy Williams and Matt Russell, with St. John's co-pastors, Rudy and Juanita Rasmus. All are welcome and encouraged to attend as we join in the prayers of peacemakers. Childcare will be offered for youngsters in the Jones Building.