St. Timothy’s honors Orange Sunday on the first Sunday in June again this year with our clergy wearing orange stoles to raise awareness about gun violence which needs and demands our fervent prayers and actions.
Orange Sunday is a new observance for the Episcopal Church and it is an outgrowth of the ministry of the group “Bishops United Against Gun Violence”. Started by bishops in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a working group of 60+ bishops from across the country. This group came together to speak out against gun violence and the loss of innocent life.
At St. Timothy’s this is also recognition that gun violence can happen anywhere in our own community and nationally. Two St. Timothy’s families have been directly affected by gun violence and their family members are buried in our Columbarium.
This Memorial Day weekend we will again remember in our prayers those affected by gun violence with orange vestments, orange remembrance ribbons, and a procession to our Columbarium after each service where we will pray for victims and perpetrators.
Here are some resources for you to pray with and ponder as we consider our duty, as Christians, to engage in this most critical issue.