“Las Vegas. There are no words. Just prayers, lament…and the witness of love and life in Jesus Christ. Lord have mercy,” –Elizabeth Eaton, presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Another hard week. The need for lament, for self-reflection ever present before me. In Jesus Christ, I know love and abundant life. This good news is not just for me. May it be so for all and may my words and actions proclaim only this peace. Christ have mercy. – Pr. R. Adam Berndt
As we gathering in community in Jesus’ name as the Body of Christ for the world, we do not leave the realities of our world behind. Together we pray, ‘Lord have mercy’’ together we lament; together we reflect on how to respond to the senseless and tragic violence that seems to be too familiar.
From The ELCA Social Message on Community Violence:
Before God, we all are in captivity to sin, and in need of God’s mercy. Some have committed acts of violence. Others have been sinned against through acts of violence. Still others are overwhelmed by fears of violence. In proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, healing, and new life, the church addresses the ultimate root of violence. Through his death, Christ broke down the dividing walls of hostility, fear, and violence between people, reconciling us to God and one another (Eph. 2:13-17). God’s reign of peace has come in Jesus Christ, and will be complete in a “new heaven and new earth” where death and pain “will be no more” (Rev. 21:1,4).
The Holy Spirit works among us to wrench us from violence, hate, greed, and fear, and transforms us into people who are called to trust God and live in community with one another. In doing so, we need to confront the violent tendencies within ourselves and our society, and find ways to cultivate the practice of nonviolence. Christians, as salt of the earth (Mt. 5:13) and light of the world (Mt. 5:14), are called to respond to violent crime in the restorative ways taught by Jesus (Mt. 5:38-39) and shown by his actions (Jn. 8:3- 11).4 Rather than reacting out of fear, or out of a vengeful desire to “get even” with those we consider our “enemies” (Lk. 6:27ff), we realize they are our neighbors. We are empowered to take up the challenge to prevent violence and to attack the complex causes that make violence so pervasive.
Read the ELCA Social Statement “For Peace in God’s World at
Blessings as you explore our website. See how God is at work through the ministry of the church and schools serving the people of Albuquerque and beyond. Notice how God is stirring in your own life and how God might be calling you to participate in ministry through this community of faith. Here you may catch a glimpse of the Spirit and then be invited to come and see, come and worship, come and experience God’s love for you and for all of God’s beautiful creation.
We look forward to worshiping together and getting to talk soon!
R. Adam Berndt, Lead Pastor
Matt Powell, Pastor