Friends, members of our congregation, members of the community and visitors:
During this time of uncertainty and unrest, we are reminded of the words of Bishop Reuben Job from his book "Three Simple Rules: The Weslyan Way of Living" in which he states that we are commissioned to live by three commands: "to do no harm, to do good, and to stay in love with God." In light of all of the current events, specifically George Floyd's death and all of the recent inhumane acts, we at Grace United Methodist Church reaffirm Bishop Holston's statement denouncing all forms of racism and racial injustice. We ask that you take the time to read the statement below.
As we endure these difficult times, let us continue to pray that we will reconsider our Biblical foundations before we think, before we speak, and before we act. Let us pray about all of these concerning situations because, my friends, prayer really does work. Jesus, our Lord, our Example, our Redeemer, and our Savior, expects us to live differently than the world in which we live. This is an extremely important time to put His will first.
Let us all join in one voice to represent our Lord to the world. Let us show His love to everyone. Let us ask, what is our stance in these situations, and how do we represent Him?
May His blessings, peace, and strength be ours in every aspect of life - now and forever, amen.
Rev. David Bauknight, Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church
Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, released this statement regarding racial tension and unrest across the nation: