HUNTINGTOWN, Md.—Emmanuel Church will host a special service of hope and healing at 6 p.m. on July 24 at the church, 3800 Old Town Road, Huntingtown, Md. 20639.

The following is a condensed version of a newsletter written by the church’s pastor, Vic Simpson.candle

“We can curse the darkness or we can light a candle. The past several days have been some of the most trying for America since 9-11. We have seen violence erupt and divisions form in the wake of the shooting of two black men by police and war waged on police in Dallas, taking the lives of several of their finest and wounding many more.

“God literally woke me up two nights ago and told me that I had to respond to this. He has led me to put together a special service of hope, healing and restoration for our land at 6 p.m. on July 24 at Emmanuel.

An invitation has been sent to (Calvert County) Sheriff Mike Evans, and the invitation is extended to all law enforcement officers as well as the county commissioners, “Black Lives Matter” participants, the NAACP and pastors, church leaders, etc.

There is no pre-determined agenda other than worship and praying side-by-side. “I will bring a message on ‘Our Hope for Renewal and Reconciliation.’ If the Spirit leads, I will moderate a dialogue (not a debate) to help bring healing, hope and understanding to an issue that deeply divides our culture.”

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