As we continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we’ve set up an easy way for us to donate money to the victims’ families. Use our usual link for online contributions and choose Emmanuel AME Aid. As a reminder, 100% of all money collected will be given to help the families of the victims.
Please gather with the elders of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, tonight, June 18 at 7 in the church sanctuary at 43 Wentworth St. to “lift our eyes” to the only source of our hope and help and healing. We will have a time of guided prayer, small group prayer, and silent prayer as we seek the Lord in the midst of the tragedy our city is experiencing.
We at Redeemer also want to help in tangible ways. Although many avenues to help are still being developed, we want to provide an opportunity for you to give. One hundred percent of any money collected at Redeemer will be given to help the families of the victims of the shootings. In the days ahead, we will find the best channel through which to distribute any money collected.
Have you registered to join us–and Christians from all around SC–at the big prayer event this Saturday, June 13 at the North Charleston Coliseum? Lots of us from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, will join hands and hearts in prayer for our nation. Get details and register here.
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors, and look for Redeemer’s red balloon if you’d like to sit with our group. Read our own Chris Bennett’s entreaty to come pray for our nation. Governor Nikki Haley will be in attendance, and she’s encouraging everyone to attend.
In the Bible, God has frequently reminded us that prayer is a primary vehicle in dealing with the issues of life. This truth is especially important in times such as ours in which our country seems to be deluged in a tidal wave of social ills. As we face racism, personal poverty, spiraling national debt, increasing immorality, and a climate of lawlessness, just to name a few, we may be tempted to feel hopeless to solve the problems; or worse yet, we may think the solution lies in human wisdom. It is in times such as these of social crisis that historically God has worked wonders when Christians have gathered to pray, relying on the sovereign grace and power of God to change hearts and consequently society.
On Saturday, June 13 we have been called to come together with others at the North Charleston Coliseum for united prayer, seeking our Lord Jesus Christ for a spiritual awakening that will turn people to Christ and thus to the One who is able to unite people and bring change both to individual lives and to society as a whole. Our nation has experienced several great awakenings in its history when God intervened and brought societal change that glorifies God. In each case, these movements of God followed the gathering of Christians in united prayer, acknowledging that God alone can bring about a return to righteousness.
This event is free of charge. However, seating is limited, so it is important that those who wish to participate register here. Several Redeemer folks are planning to attend, and we hope you will join us in crying out to the Lord. Prayer is far more effective than silently complaining about our nation’s situation.
Coming to theaters this week, Focus on the Family presents the powerful documentary about a brave pastor in South Korea. Showing March 3-5 only, The Drop Box shows the true story of rescue and redemption for hundreds of abandoned babies and the documentary filmmaker whose life is forever changed.
See this film in the Charleston, SC, area at the Regal cinema locations of Charlestowne Square 18 in North Charleston and Azalea Square 16 in Summerville. Buy tickets here!
Redeemer’s denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), split from the large Presbyterian Church back in 1973 “in opposition to the long-developing theological liberalism which denied the deity of Jesus Christ and the inerrancy and authority of Scripture.”
Recently, that remaining contingent–Presbyterian Church (USA)–has been in the news for decisions made at their General Assembly in June. Distancing themselves further theologically from our own PCA denomination, the PCUSA (pending confirmation votes by the presbyteries) decided to:
- Authorize its clergy to perform same sex unions by changing the definition of marriage from “between a man and a woman” to “between two people.”
- Reaffirm support of abortion rights, including supporting taking no action to save babies born alive after abortion.
- Divest from three companies who were deemed to have done business with, and in support of, the state of Israel (divestment of pension funds, for example).
Since we share the name Presbyterian, we wanted to keep you informed of these recent developments in case your friends and neighbors ask you about what they’ve heard in the news.