CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMC/NALC
WARREN, MICHIGAN
32300 Schoenherr Rd. Warren, MI 48088     586-293-0700  Rev. Daniel Cave
WORSHIP
SERVICE
online only through
June
OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CARE AND CONCERN FOR YOUR
HEATLH & SAFETY AMID THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, THE
CHURCH BUILDING IS CLOSED



Dear Friends in Christ,

With all of you, I have seen and heard the many reports of events, videos and commentaries
concerning George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last Memorial Day, as well as the widespread
protests, violence and destruction that have been happening around our nation.  In searching
for the right words and pastoral counsel to you about these tragic developments, I commend to
you the following statement issued by the Office of Mark Schroeder, President of the Wisconsin
Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), another confessional Lutheran denomination, which
conveys, in my opinion, a balanced theological perspective to help Christians better understand
these tragic things, and to speak and act responsibly in accordance with the witness of God’s
Word and the Church’s faithful witness to the world.

Statement on the Death of George Floyd and the Aftermath
Our hearts ache as we reflect on the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  We are also
grieved because of the other innocent lives that have been lost and because of the many
people who have been injured in the aftermath of the Minneapolis tragedy.  Added to that, we
are saddened by the widespread destruction and theft of property and businesses.

As Christians, we mourn the loss of any human life, especially when a person’s time of grace,
given by God, is cut short.  We understand that when injustice or crime occurs, society rightly
calls for the guilty to be punished and for efforts to prevent such things from happening again.  
We support the right of citizens, guaranteed by the United States Constitution, to protest
peacefully the action or inaction of their government and to use lawful means to correct
injustice.  But we also recognize that when people break the law, it is the God-given
responsibility of the government to protect the life, property, and safety of all citizens.

And we pray.  We pray that God would bring comfort and healing to all who have been affected
by these events.  We pray that God would heal our nation and restore peace to our cities and
towns.  We ask God to open the eyes of those who mistakenly believe that they can right one
wrong by committing another.  We plead with God to give wisdom and courage to those who are
entrusted with positions of leadership on the local, state, and national level.  We ask God’s
forgiveness for our own lack of love and compassion for our neighbors and for taking for granted
the peace and freedom that God has provided to us.  We ask God to confirm in us the conviction
that racism in any form is contrary to the Christian faith and inconsistent with the love that God
expects us to have for all.  We pray for a government and for institutions that strive to see to it
that all people are treated with equality and justice.

We look to God to bless our land with justice and peace.  Only he can do that.  On our part, our
responsibility as Christians is to speak the truth of God’s Word in love.  Our mission as God’s
church on earth is to proclaim God’s call to repentance and to share the saving and powerful
message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  “We preach Christ crucified!” (1 Corinthians 1:23)  It’s that
message alone that can lead people to know the true peace and security of sins forgiven and
guilt removed.  It’s that message alone that can create hearts of faith that respond to God’s
grace with love and compassion.  It’s that message that alone can move people, no matter what
their vocation, to express their faith as Christians by living in a way that serves God and benefits
the people around them.

Respectfully in Christ,
Pastor Dan Cave                                                                                    June 7, 2020
Christ Lutheran Church LCMS/NALC, Warren, MI
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CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMC/NALC
WARREN, MICHIGAN
32300 Schoenherr Rd. Warren, MI 48088     586-293-0700  Rev. Daniel Cave
WORSHIP
SERVICE
online only through
June
OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CARE AND CONCERN FOR YOUR
HEATLH & SAFETY AMID THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, THE
CHURCH BUILDING IS CLOSED



Dear Friends in Christ,

With all of you, I have seen and heard the many reports of events, videos and commentaries
concerning George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last Memorial Day, as well as the widespread
protests, violence and destruction that have been happening around our nation.  In searching
for the right words and pastoral counsel to you about these tragic developments, I commend to
you the following statement issued by the Office of Mark Schroeder, President of the Wisconsin
Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), another confessional Lutheran denomination, which
conveys, in my opinion, a balanced theological perspective to help Christians better understand
these tragic things, and to speak and act responsibly in accordance with the witness of God’s
Word and the Church’s faithful witness to the world.

Statement on the Death of George Floyd and the Aftermath
Our hearts ache as we reflect on the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  We are also
grieved because of the other innocent lives that have been lost and because of the many
people who have been injured in the aftermath of the Minneapolis tragedy.  Added to that, we
are saddened by the widespread destruction and theft of property and businesses.

As Christians, we mourn the loss of any human life, especially when a person’s time of grace,
given by God, is cut short.  We understand that when injustice or crime occurs, society rightly
calls for the guilty to be punished and for efforts to prevent such things from happening again.  
We support the right of citizens, guaranteed by the United States Constitution, to protest
peacefully the action or inaction of their government and to use lawful means to correct
injustice.  But we also recognize that when people break the law, it is the God-given
responsibility of the government to protect the life, property, and safety of all citizens.

And we pray.  We pray that God would bring comfort and healing to all who have been affected
by these events.  We pray that God would heal our nation and restore peace to our cities and
towns.  We ask God to open the eyes of those who mistakenly believe that they can right one
wrong by committing another.  We plead with God to give wisdom and courage to those who are
entrusted with positions of leadership on the local, state, and national level.  We ask God’s
forgiveness for our own lack of love and compassion for our neighbors and for taking for granted
the peace and freedom that God has provided to us.  We ask God to confirm in us the conviction
that racism in any form is contrary to the Christian faith and inconsistent with the love that God
expects us to have for all.  We pray for a government and for institutions that strive to see to it
that all people are treated with equality and justice.

We look to God to bless our land with justice and peace.  Only he can do that.  On our part, our
responsibility as Christians is to speak the truth of God’s Word in love.  Our mission as God’s
church on earth is to proclaim God’s call to repentance and to share the saving and powerful
message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  “We preach Christ crucified!” (1 Corinthians 1:23)  It’s that
message alone that can lead people to know the true peace and security of sins forgiven and
guilt removed.  It’s that message alone that can create hearts of faith that respond to God’s
grace with love and compassion.  It’s that message that alone can move people, no matter what
their vocation, to express their faith as Christians by living in a way that serves God and benefits
the people around them.

Respectfully in Christ,
Pastor Dan Cave                                                                                    June 7, 2020
Christ Lutheran Church LCMS/NALC, Warren, MI
https://www.biblegateway.com/landing/facing-your-giants-sign-up-2/
You're Invited to Join the Free
Facing Your Giants Online Bible Study
Receive a FREE digital download of Chapter One of Facing Your Giants, beautiful printables, and a
character profile on King David, plus get FREE access to 5 teaching videos with Max Lucado.
These teaching videos will be available for free now through July 27.

Free Bible Study with Max Lucado.  Sign-up now!