Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has asked that a moment of silence be observed at noon today (Friday, July 8) and he has invited any and all to gather at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas at noon to pray for the victims of last night’s deadly shootings in Dallas
and their families. Bishop Lowry is calling on all members of the Central Texas Conference to join in this time of prayer.
“I would like every Methodist in the Central Texas Conference to honor Mayor Rawlings’ request and stop and pray for the victims of last night’s horrific acts of violence in Dallas,” Bishop Lowry said early this morning. “I want us to pray for the police, their families, the people of Dallas. I want us to pray for everyone.”
Bishop Lowry also reminded that as the grace-filled followers of Jesus Christ, we must continue to reject the forces of hatred, racism, fear, violence and anger in favor of the fruits of the Spirit, such as love, patience, kindness and peace as described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians [Galatians 5:22-23].
“I can not stress strongly enough how important it is for us to remember that we are followers of the Prince of Peace,” Bishop Lowry pronounced. “Anger and violence must be laid aside.”
“Black lives matter to God. Police lives matter to God. All lives matter to the God who gave us his only Son so that we might all have everlasting life,” continued Bishop Lowry. “Let us all, everyone, live by the Spirit and follow the Spirit [Gal 5:25] and keep firm in our hearts and minds the commandment of Jesus given to us in John 15, “…love each other as I have loved you.’”