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The First Station Jesus is condemned to death As soon as it was morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole council held a consultation and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate And they all condemned him and said He deserves to die When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat Then he handed Jesus over to the soldiers to be beaten and crucified Refugees from Syria and South Sudan and other war torn countries come into our community seeking safety and healing after years in refugee camps after fleeing the violence of those nations What they experience many times is not safety and assistance but hostility and judgment Labeled as terrorists for simply being born in places deemed to be untrustworthy they are the innocent victims sentenced to suffer They are accused of taking American jobs when in fact they are not allowed yet to be employed They are cursed and misunderstood by strangers even as they work to make meaningful connections here It is our duty and privilege to welcome our new neighbors into our homes churches and hearts The cultural exchanges that these relationships bring are valuable and do nothing more than enrich our own communities and our faith Lord Jesus you knew the pain of wrongful conviction Help us not fall into a mentality of the mob thirsty for vengeance but seek a system that seeks true justice and a community of support for those who have served time Amen Fourteenth Station Jesus is laid in the tomb When it was evening there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph who also was a disciple of Jesus He went to Pilate and asked for the body took it and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb which he had hewn in the rock and he rolled a great stone to seal the entrance We return to our homes entering the mysterious silence of Good Friday and waiting for the trumpet of Easter Sunday May the mystery of Christ in our midst help us to see the presence of God still suffering along with humanity still moving toward the day when the new life in God is claimed by everyone
The First Station  Jesus is condemned to death As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, ...
The First Station Jesus is condemned to death As soon as it was morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole council held a consultation and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate And they all condemned him and said He deserves to die When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat Then he handed Jesus over to the soldiers to be beaten and crucified Refugees from Syria and South Sudan and other war torn countries come into our community seeking safety and healing after years in refugee camps after fleeing the violence of those nations What they experience many times is not safety and assistance but hostility and judgment Labeled as terrorists for simply being born in places deemed to be untrustworthy they are the innocent victims sentenced to suffer They are accused of taking American jobs when in fact they are not allowed yet to be employed They are cursed and misunderstood by strangers even as they work to make meaningful connections here It is our duty and privilege to welcome our new neighbors into our homes churches and hearts The cultural exchanges that these relationships bring are valuable and do nothing more than enrich our own communities and our faith Lord Jesus you knew the pain of wrongful conviction Help us not fall into a mentality of the mob thirsty for vengeance but seek a system that seeks true justice and a community of support for those who have served time Amen Fourteenth Station Jesus is laid in the tomb When it was evening there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph who also was a disciple of Jesus He went to Pilate and asked for the body took it and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb which he had hewn in the rock and he rolled a great stone to seal the entrance We return to our homes entering the mysterious silence of Good Friday and waiting for the trumpet of Easter Sunday May the mystery of Christ in our midst help us to see the presence of God still suffering along with humanity still moving toward the day when the new life in God is claimed by everyone
The First Station  Jesus is condemned to death As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, ...
The Thirteenth Station The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother The scene is one of overwhelming grief While no parent wishes to be preceded in death by their children the rejection suffering and death of Jesus must have been particularly painful for Mary who had become one of her son s followers Each Thursday night in the Fellowship Hall the Shalom Project s Circles WS seeks to build social capital for people in poverty Conversations over food life skills training and community organizing activities are all aimed at helping one another address the multilayered pitfalls of poverty Without relationships to people who can navigate the systems of support and employment many struggle in the cycles of poverty Circles WS seeks to provide new relationships across socio economic cultural and racial lines of difference As families struggle with brokenness of poverty let us not crumble in sorrow and grief at the enormity of the problem but foster new connections Let us pray for these new relationships that they can provide the community support people need to build their bridge out of poverty to a place of self sufficiency and community health Lord Jesus as your mother held your body in the poverty of grief help us to grieve the role that poverty has played in taking life away from people Help us to make new connections to one another so that we may seek a way out of the cycles that keep people poor Amen The Second Station Jesus takes up his Cross Jesus went out bearing his own Cross to the place called Golgotha or place of the skull Each weekday at Noon a Narcotics Anonymous group meets in the Fellowship Hall of Green Street Church Addicts gather to give and receive support as they struggle for clean and sober living So many recovering addicts find community in the basements and rooms of our churches but feel nothing but shame ridicule and rejection in the Sanctuary Drug and alcohol addiction are slow sentences of death that affect our entire community In misguided punitive efforts legislators have slashed funding for treatment programs and facilities forcing addicts to compete and or wait for the few spaces available causing greater recidivism and perpetuating cycles of relapse Twice a week people in active addiction to opioids are able to access clean needles Narcan counseling and treatment if they are ready The Triad Harm Reduction Collective has been operating out of Green Street since December when new legislation made needle exchanges legal in North Carolina Lives have been changed and saved as a result of compassionate legislature Let us pray for safe places where people struggling with addiction can find treatment and support Let us pray that our faith and community leaders can open the door for the addict who struggles to find a safe place of support Lord Jesus you knew the experience of shame and rejection that so many feel Be with the addict who is isolated and alone help them find safe communities of recovery Help us open our doors and hearts to provide welcome and support Amen
The Thirteenth Station  The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother  The scene is one of overwhelming grief. Whi...
The Thirteenth Station The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother The scene is one of overwhelming grief While no parent wishes to be preceded in death by their children the rejection suffering and death of Jesus must have been particularly painful for Mary who had become one of her son s followers Each Thursday night in the Fellowship Hall the Shalom Project s Circles WS seeks to build social capital for people in poverty Conversations over food life skills training and community organizing activities are all aimed at helping one another address the multilayered pitfalls of poverty Without relationships to people who can navigate the systems of support and employment many struggle in the cycles of poverty Circles WS seeks to provide new relationships across socio economic cultural and racial lines of difference As families struggle with brokenness of poverty let us not crumble in sorrow and grief at the enormity of the problem but foster new connections Let us pray for these new relationships that they can provide the community support people need to build their bridge out of poverty to a place of self sufficiency and community health Lord Jesus as your mother held your body in the poverty of grief help us to grieve the role that poverty has played in taking life away from people Help us to make new connections to one another so that we may seek a way out of the cycles that keep people poor Amen The Second Station Jesus takes up his Cross Jesus went out bearing his own Cross to the place called Golgotha or place of the skull Each weekday at Noon a Narcotics Anonymous group meets in the Fellowship Hall of Green Street Church Addicts gather to give and receive support as they struggle for clean and sober living So many recovering addicts find community in the basements and rooms of our churches but feel nothing but shame ridicule and rejection in the Sanctuary Drug and alcohol addiction are slow sentences of death that affect our entire community In misguided punitive efforts legislators have slashed funding for treatment programs and facilities forcing addicts to compete and or wait for the few spaces available causing greater recidivism and perpetuating cycles of relapse Twice a week people in active addiction to opioids are able to access clean needles Narcan counseling and treatment if they are ready The Triad Harm Reduction Collective has been operating out of Green Street since December when new legislation made needle exchanges legal in North Carolina Lives have been changed and saved as a result of compassionate legislature Let us pray for safe places where people struggling with addiction can find treatment and support Let us pray that our faith and community leaders can open the door for the addict who struggles to find a safe place of support Lord Jesus you knew the experience of shame and rejection that so many feel Be with the addict who is isolated and alone help them find safe communities of recovery Help us open our doors and hearts to provide welcome and support Amen
The Thirteenth Station  The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother  The scene is one of overwhelming grief. Whi...
The Third Station Jesus falls the first time Weakened from being brutally whipped Jesus falls under the weight of the Cross The humanity of Jesus is clearly evident in this scene Two years ago the community of Flint Michigan began drawing its water from the Flint River It was discovered that its drinking water was contaminated with high levels of lead due to aging pipes No level of lead is good for the human body Lead poisoning is especially harmful to children Cost cutting measures and de regulation contributed to this fall of community responsibility causing a crisis for the entire community but adversely affecting the poor In many communities in our country access to clean potable water is impossible to come by in taps and fountains Due to the executive order of the current administration our government and corporations have taken sacred land from our Native brothers and sisters poisoned their waters and destroyed the burial land of their ancestors Lord Jesus you fell under the weight of the Cross Help us not fall from our responsibilities to care for everyone Let us not fall down under the weight of our responsibility Let us not fall into misguided efforts to avoid costs or seek short term profit Let us work to provide safe clean water for all Amen The Twelfth Station Jesus dies on the Cross When Jesus received the vinegar he said It is finished And then crying with a loud voice he said Father into thy hands I commend my spirit And he bowed his head and died Granville Park is a place where we are reminded of the beauty of God s creation But like so many natural settings it is often misused and abused Trash development neglect these are the ways we have treated much of our environment Whole parts of our Earth are dying from our being out of step with God s creation Today the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Parks Service are being stripped of vital resources and scientists who are called to protect the planet and slow the damage caused by climate change While these vital agencies are shackled by lack of funding we will need to be even more vigilant as citizens in our care for God s creation Let us pray that our part in the destruction of nature will not continue but that we can become coworkers with Nature of which we are a part Lord Jesus in your death you joined all of life in our mortality By doing so you made all of life precious Help us not neglect the gift of your creation Amen
The Third Station  Jesus falls the first time  Weakened from being brutally whipped, Jesus falls under the weight of the C...
The Third Station Jesus falls the first time Weakened from being brutally whipped Jesus falls under the weight of the Cross The humanity of Jesus is clearly evident in this scene Two years ago the community of Flint Michigan began drawing its water from the Flint River It was discovered that its drinking water was contaminated with high levels of lead due to aging pipes No level of lead is good for the human body Lead poisoning is especially harmful to children Cost cutting measures and de regulation contributed to this fall of community responsibility causing a crisis for the entire community but adversely affecting the poor In many communities in our country access to clean potable water is impossible to come by in taps and fountains Due to the executive order of the current administration our government and corporations have taken sacred land from our Native brothers and sisters poisoned their waters and destroyed the burial land of their ancestors Lord Jesus you fell under the weight of the Cross Help us not fall from our responsibilities to care for everyone Let us not fall down under the weight of our responsibility Let us not fall into misguided efforts to avoid costs or seek short term profit Let us work to provide safe clean water for all Amen The Twelfth Station Jesus dies on the Cross When Jesus received the vinegar he said It is finished And then crying with a loud voice he said Father into thy hands I commend my spirit And he bowed his head and died Granville Park is a place where we are reminded of the beauty of God s creation But like so many natural settings it is often misused and abused Trash development neglect these are the ways we have treated much of our environment Whole parts of our Earth are dying from our being out of step with God s creation Today the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Parks Service are being stripped of vital resources and scientists who are called to protect the planet and slow the damage caused by climate change While these vital agencies are shackled by lack of funding we will need to be even more vigilant as citizens in our care for God s creation Let us pray that our part in the destruction of nature will not continue but that we can become coworkers with Nature of which we are a part Lord Jesus in your death you joined all of life in our mortality By doing so you made all of life precious Help us not neglect the gift of your creation Amen
The Third Station  Jesus falls the first time  Weakened from being brutally whipped, Jesus falls under the weight of the C...
The Eleventh Station The Fourth Station Jesus is nailed to the Cross Jesus meets his mother They came to the place called the Skull and they crucified him With him they crucified two criminals one on the right the other on the left On the Way of Suffering Jesus meets his Mother While the pain for both of them must have been tremendous by their very presence to one another we can imagine them both drawing strength and comfort The Hawley House is a home for women recovering from drug alcohol addiction sponsored by the YWCA The process of recovery is an uphill battle one that often feels like a slow painful death Both support and accountability are needed In the discussion among the thieves and Jesus on the cross we see support given as well as accountability Let us pray for all those who suffer from addiction that they may find needed support and accountability to move from death and suffering to new life Lord Jesus you joined sinners in their suffering Help us have the courage to join one another to offer support and hold each other accountable so that we may finish our life journey to wholeness Amen A few blocks up Broad Street at Catholic Social Services the work of the Church is done by making sure that mothers have access to items needed to care for their newborn children Diapers clothing formula are distributed to women who find it difficult to afford these items In our current socio economic climate parents are made to return to work weeks or even days after their newborn child arrives mothers cries for help with nursing or post partum depression are met with silence for most with only a few privileged enough to seek assistance after birth Lord Jesus we must remember your mother who suffered mightily as you passed her with your cross and we pray for mothers in our community who are carrying their own crosses of poverty estrangement or disenfranchisement Help us see your presence in their struggle Amen
The Eleventh Station  The Fourth Station  Jesus is nailed to the Cross  Jesus meets his mother  They came to the place cal...
The Eleventh Station The Fourth Station Jesus is nailed to the Cross Jesus meets his mother They came to the place called the Skull and they crucified him With him they crucified two criminals one on the right the other on the left On the Way of Suffering Jesus meets his Mother While the pain for both of them must have been tremendous by their very presence to one another we can imagine them both drawing strength and comfort The Hawley House is a home for women recovering from drug alcohol addiction sponsored by the YWCA The process of recovery is an uphill battle one that often feels like a slow painful death Both support and accountability are needed In the discussion among the thieves and Jesus on the cross we see support given as well as accountability Let us pray for all those who suffer from addiction that they may find needed support and accountability to move from death and suffering to new life Lord Jesus you joined sinners in their suffering Help us have the courage to join one another to offer support and hold each other accountable so that we may finish our life journey to wholeness Amen A few blocks up Broad Street at Catholic Social Services the work of the Church is done by making sure that mothers have access to items needed to care for their newborn children Diapers clothing formula are distributed to women who find it difficult to afford these items In our current socio economic climate parents are made to return to work weeks or even days after their newborn child arrives mothers cries for help with nursing or post partum depression are met with silence for most with only a few privileged enough to seek assistance after birth Lord Jesus we must remember your mother who suffered mightily as you passed her with your cross and we pray for mothers in our community who are carrying their own crosses of poverty estrangement or disenfranchisement Help us see your presence in their struggle Amen
The Eleventh Station  The Fourth Station  Jesus is nailed to the Cross  Jesus meets his mother  They came to the place cal...
The Fifth Station The Tenth Station The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene Jesus is stripped of his garments As they led Jesus away they came upon a man of Cyrene named Simon and laid the Cross upon him to carry it behind Jesus The clothes on his back were his only possessions The soldiers stripped Jesus of his clothes and divided four parts among themselves But his tunic one woven piece of fabric they used as the prize for casting lots As hate crimes against Jewish Community Centers schools and mosques continue to increase across the country we must help bear the weight of these attacks with our Muslim and Jewish sisters and brothers As Simon helped Jesus bear the Cross so we are compelled by our faith to share the burden with persecuted communities Let us remember that we are not called to love our neighbor from a distance but to stand close serve along side and protect our neighbors from hate Lord Jesus as Simon helped you bear the weight of the Cross challenge us to carry the burden of our whole community to stand with those who face prejudice and hatred Amen From this place we can see the Peter s Creek corridor Over the years businesses have been stripped apart and others moved in the presence of strip clubs pawn shops and predatory lenders have moved in to profit from base desires and poverty The Peter s Creek Community Initiative has a vision for properties on the corner of Academy and Peter s Creek They are making plans to explore acquiring the Budget Inn and the old Dodge dealership to develop new stable affordable housing for the pocket of need in this area and the growing need of workforce housing in W S It is the hope of PCCI to spark revitalization through economic and community development to bring needed attention south of Business 40 down to the edges of the corridor Let us pray for a new vision to become reality in this part of our city Lord Jesus you were stripped of your clothing leaving you vulnerable and shamed Forgive us for removing needed resources from parts of our city leaving pockets of poverty to struggle for basic needs and resources Give us vision and new work to build a community that can provide our neighbors a safe place to live work and play Amen
The Fifth Station  The Tenth Station  The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene  Jesus is stripped of his garments  As they led...
The Fifth Station The Tenth Station The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene Jesus is stripped of his garments As they led Jesus away they came upon a man of Cyrene named Simon and laid the Cross upon him to carry it behind Jesus The clothes on his back were his only possessions The soldiers stripped Jesus of his clothes and divided four parts among themselves But his tunic one woven piece of fabric they used as the prize for casting lots As hate crimes against Jewish Community Centers schools and mosques continue to increase across the country we must help bear the weight of these attacks with our Muslim and Jewish sisters and brothers As Simon helped Jesus bear the Cross so we are compelled by our faith to share the burden with persecuted communities Let us remember that we are not called to love our neighbor from a distance but to stand close serve along side and protect our neighbors from hate Lord Jesus as Simon helped you bear the weight of the Cross challenge us to carry the burden of our whole community to stand with those who face prejudice and hatred Amen From this place we can see the Peter s Creek corridor Over the years businesses have been stripped apart and others moved in the presence of strip clubs pawn shops and predatory lenders have moved in to profit from base desires and poverty The Peter s Creek Community Initiative has a vision for properties on the corner of Academy and Peter s Creek They are making plans to explore acquiring the Budget Inn and the old Dodge dealership to develop new stable affordable housing for the pocket of need in this area and the growing need of workforce housing in W S It is the hope of PCCI to spark revitalization through economic and community development to bring needed attention south of Business 40 down to the edges of the corridor Let us pray for a new vision to become reality in this part of our city Lord Jesus you were stripped of your clothing leaving you vulnerable and shamed Forgive us for removing needed resources from parts of our city leaving pockets of poverty to struggle for basic needs and resources Give us vision and new work to build a community that can provide our neighbors a safe place to live work and play Amen
The Fifth Station  The Tenth Station  The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene  Jesus is stripped of his garments  As they led...
The Ninth Station The Sixth Station Jesus falls a third time A woman wipes the face of Jesus If there was any doubt that Jesus was human capable of the most profound suffering this scene demonstrates that Jesus has joined us in the human condition For a third time Jesus falls Tradition tells us that a woman named Veronica stepped out of the crowd and wiped Jesus sweaty blood streaked face Granville Place is home to some of our community s seniors who require subsidized housing As our city s elderly population increases we recognize that as a community we have stumbled in our responsibility to care for our elders As the aging lose the capabilities they once had they need the support and services of others Access to healthy food is an issue for many elderly residents of Forsyth County For 45 years Meals on Wheels has served this need with compassion and love for these residents Our federal government has stripped Community Block Grant Funding which will affect funding for Meals on Wheels and Home Health care recipients across the county Faith communities may be called on to fill in the gaps that these loss of services cause For the residents of this community we pray that they will find friendship support and a loving environment where they are valued as God s people Lord Jesus just as your weakening humanity fell to the ground help us not fall in our responsibility to elders Touch their lives with a renewal of your presence and move us to embody your love for them Amen Women are paid less than their male counterparts women of color are paid even less than their white counterparts Insurance and medical costs for women surpass the costs of men s healthcare Trans women especially women of color are targeted by violent attacks young women are dismissed for the clothes they wear their tone of voices even simply for having voice Human traffickers force other girls into prostitution Older women living in poverty are left bereft of family and friends due to poverty lack of access to transportation and communication tools Reproductive health is threatened women of all ages are brutalized by partners friends strangers and family members at a rate that hasn t decreased in decades despite the efforts of agencies schools and individuals to educate and provide safe spaces for escape and healing Lord Jesus help us to remember that you gave your trust and vision to women throughout your life Help us to hear the voices of our mothers sisters teachers leaders and daughters as they use the gifts our creator gave all of us to witness and heal and teach your word Amen
The Ninth Station   The Sixth Station  Jesus falls a third time  A woman wipes the face of Jesus  If there was any doubt t...
The Ninth Station The Sixth Station Jesus falls a third time A woman wipes the face of Jesus If there was any doubt that Jesus was human capable of the most profound suffering this scene demonstrates that Jesus has joined us in the human condition For a third time Jesus falls Tradition tells us that a woman named Veronica stepped out of the crowd and wiped Jesus sweaty blood streaked face Granville Place is home to some of our community s seniors who require subsidized housing As our city s elderly population increases we recognize that as a community we have stumbled in our responsibility to care for our elders As the aging lose the capabilities they once had they need the support and services of others Access to healthy food is an issue for many elderly residents of Forsyth County For 45 years Meals on Wheels has served this need with compassion and love for these residents Our federal government has stripped Community Block Grant Funding which will affect funding for Meals on Wheels and Home Health care recipients across the county Faith communities may be called on to fill in the gaps that these loss of services cause For the residents of this community we pray that they will find friendship support and a loving environment where they are valued as God s people Lord Jesus just as your weakening humanity fell to the ground help us not fall in our responsibility to elders Touch their lives with a renewal of your presence and move us to embody your love for them Amen Women are paid less than their male counterparts women of color are paid even less than their white counterparts Insurance and medical costs for women surpass the costs of men s healthcare Trans women especially women of color are targeted by violent attacks young women are dismissed for the clothes they wear their tone of voices even simply for having voice Human traffickers force other girls into prostitution Older women living in poverty are left bereft of family and friends due to poverty lack of access to transportation and communication tools Reproductive health is threatened women of all ages are brutalized by partners friends strangers and family members at a rate that hasn t decreased in decades despite the efforts of agencies schools and individuals to educate and provide safe spaces for escape and healing Lord Jesus help us to remember that you gave your trust and vision to women throughout your life Help us to hear the voices of our mothers sisters teachers leaders and daughters as they use the gifts our creator gave all of us to witness and heal and teach your word Amen
The Ninth Station   The Sixth Station  Jesus falls a third time  A woman wipes the face of Jesus  If there was any doubt t...
The Seventh Station The Eighth Station Jesus falls a second time Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem In spite of Simon s help Jesus falls again Beyond the weight of the cross and his weakening body Jesus was carrying the extra burden of having been abandoned by all of his closest friends We can imagine the weight of such sorrow adding to his pain Who were these women who cried out laments in the street Were they followers of Jesus or people paid to mourn those facing execution As the women cry out in lament Jesus turns to them and says We live in a time when suicides among LGBTQ children and adults are still high despite the larger cultural shift of acceptance of these members of our communities While parents grieve their children we still have churches and schools where these children of God feel unloved shamed and isolated to the point of despair Others are turned out of their homes forced to live in poverty and fear on the streets of towns because of their sexuality or gender identity God created us for and of each other to care for each other and to walk in this world together When our children are dying of suicide or being forced into the streets we must take action to provide sanctuaries for them and promote legislation to protect their human right to live at peace Jesus calls them to turn their attention to the next generation who will face greater struggles Lord Jesus you welcomed children to come to you Help us to welcome those who have been rejected and live without a home Help us to see the suffering in our midst and respond to it as if you yourself were there Help us not fall down in our responsibility to all of our children Amen Daughters of Jerusalem do not weep for me but weep for yourselves and your children Throughout West Salem you may see signs of welcome to immigrants and refugees neighbors came together ordered these signs to be displayed You will also see homemade signs on porches that read West Salem Proud The neighborhood is beginning to come together with pride in their gardens and homes There is still tension between neighbors who feel that people who don t own their homes are not as invested in the neighborhood and the thinly veiled racism within those conversations can be caustic However as the neighborhood goes through these growing pains we see more signs of community From the Little Free Libraries to community gardening and improved communication between neighbors via social media or porch visits Caring for others and caring for ourselves need not be in competition Help us not retreat into protectionism but stay open to your presence in the stranger Lord Jesus help us to grieve for the loss of our past connections to place and time while look to the future for fresh creative projects that can draw us together to strengthen our community Amen
The Seventh Station  The Eighth Station  Jesus falls a second time  Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem  In spite of Si...
The Seventh Station The Eighth Station Jesus falls a second time Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem In spite of Simon s help Jesus falls again Beyond the weight of the cross and his weakening body Jesus was carrying the extra burden of having been abandoned by all of his closest friends We can imagine the weight of such sorrow adding to his pain Who were these women who cried out laments in the street Were they followers of Jesus or people paid to mourn those facing execution As the women cry out in lament Jesus turns to them and says We live in a time when suicides among LGBTQ children and adults are still high despite the larger cultural shift of acceptance of these members of our communities While parents grieve their children we still have churches and schools where these children of God feel unloved shamed and isolated to the point of despair Others are turned out of their homes forced to live in poverty and fear on the streets of towns because of their sexuality or gender identity God created us for and of each other to care for each other and to walk in this world together When our children are dying of suicide or being forced into the streets we must take action to provide sanctuaries for them and promote legislation to protect their human right to live at peace Jesus calls them to turn their attention to the next generation who will face greater struggles Lord Jesus you welcomed children to come to you Help us to welcome those who have been rejected and live without a home Help us to see the suffering in our midst and respond to it as if you yourself were there Help us not fall down in our responsibility to all of our children Amen Daughters of Jerusalem do not weep for me but weep for yourselves and your children Throughout West Salem you may see signs of welcome to immigrants and refugees neighbors came together ordered these signs to be displayed You will also see homemade signs on porches that read West Salem Proud The neighborhood is beginning to come together with pride in their gardens and homes There is still tension between neighbors who feel that people who don t own their homes are not as invested in the neighborhood and the thinly veiled racism within those conversations can be caustic However as the neighborhood goes through these growing pains we see more signs of community From the Little Free Libraries to community gardening and improved communication between neighbors via social media or porch visits Caring for others and caring for ourselves need not be in competition Help us not retreat into protectionism but stay open to your presence in the stranger Lord Jesus help us to grieve for the loss of our past connections to place and time while look to the future for fresh creative projects that can draw us together to strengthen our community Amen
The Seventh Station  The Eighth Station  Jesus falls a second time  Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem  In spite of Si...