A Note from Pastor Um in light of today’s tragedy

Dear Citylifers,

At this point, all of you are obviously aware of the tragic events that occurred earlier this afternoon on Boylston Street. The local authorities, along with the FBI, have clearly declared these events to be a terrorist attack. We are all deeply troubled by what has transpired, and we mourn with those who have been affected. Reports of more than a hundred injuries and a number of casualties are disturbing. Although we don’t fully understand why people commit such senseless acts of hatred and evil, let us be in prayer for those who have been injured, along with the families of those who have lost their lives. Let us pray together for our entire city–that God would have mercy upon us in this time of tragedy. Also, please pray for our first responders, our mayor, our governor, and other local officials. We should be grateful to God for the leadership and organization that they are providing at this time. As good citizens of our city, we have an opportunity to cooperatively respond to the requests that our leaders make of us. Furthermore, as they work to determine the nature of today’s events, we can pray that the individuals who are responsible for these acts will be held accountable for their actions and that they would feel the full weight of justice.

As we continue to pray for our city, my desire for Citylife is that we would be a church that stands for the city of Boston. We have a robust city-vision that includes a desire to love our city and serve its citizens. Now is the time for us to pray, support, aid and make ourselves available to our neighbors to serve in whatever way we can. I’m sure that there will be opportunities for our church to be able to serve on a larger scale, and we will think through these things in due course. But right now, I’m asking all of our members to pray and adopt a heart posture of love and service for our city. Please join me in prayer as we pray that God will build our city and make us stronger as we come along side one another to support our city at this time.

If you personally know anyone that needs support or care, please don’t hesitate to call our Mercy hotline (877-442-1963) or contact our diaconate (diaconate@citylifeboston.org).

Let these words of Apostle Paul drive us to love and serve our city at this time:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Cor. 1:3-4

Warmly in Christ,

Pastor Um