Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I do not have the words to convey my sorrow and pain created by the senseless deaths of twenty- five people, and the fifteen-to-twenty wounded during the shooting within First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. This horrible act of violent reminds us that we live in a broken and fallen world, and that sacred worship spaces are not immune to gun violence. We shall continue to worship without fear and suspicion, and as a congregation have conversations about church safety.
Let us pray for First Baptist Church members, the pastor and his family, their community, those left behind, and yes, even the lost soul-the perpetrator. May we discern a way to extend our love and compassion to First Baptist Church at this troubling time.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Deborah Brown, Pastor