Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 9:45 am

About the Event

All Church

Jazz Worship & National Gun Safety Awareness Sunday

In the Pulpit | Rev. Sharon Risher, Guest Preacher
Music | The Carolina Social Music Club

Worship Guide

About Our Guest Preacher

Reverend Sharon Washington Risher was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, South Carolina shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. Her beloved mother, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend.

Today she is a sought-after inspirational speaker, traveling across the country telling her personal experience losing loved ones to gun violence, racism and hate in America, as well as the path to forgiveness and an offering of hope for tomorrow. Her book, For Such A Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness After the Charleston Massacre, was released June, 2019. Her book has stayed on the top five in the Spiritual Reading category on Amazon.

Sharon is one of the national spokespersons for MOMs Demand Gun Sense and the Everytown Survivor Network, two of the largest grassroots advocacy group for gun common sense gun laws/reform in America. Winner of the Bronze Film Festival Short Doc category- Best Short Film, 2020 “Quiet No More”, produced by Blue Chalk Media, tells Sharon’s story since the tragedy and move into activism.


9:45 am - 11:00 am | Preschool Childcare
10:00 am - 11:00 am | Worship | in-person in the Sanctuary and online 
10:15 am - 11:00 am | Children's Worship
11:15 am - 12:00 pm | Sermon Talk Back

Important information for families regarding our worship service:

On Sunday June 4, we will honor National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend as we honor survivors of gun violence. 

We honor children at each stage of development and understand that some of what may be discussed in a service honoring survivors of gun violence may be out of step with what a preschool or elementary aged child may be developmentally ready for. We encourage you to utilize our childcare offerings for ages 0-5 and Children's Worship for Kindergarten - 5th grade in step with your children's needs this Sunday. You can find more resources about talking to your kids about gun violences at different ages and stages here.


If you aren't able to join us in-person, watch us online! We will live stream the worship service and you may watch using any of the following links: 

Click here to watch the Worship Service Live > 
Click here to watch our service on Facebook > 
Click here to watch our service on YouTube >  

Following worship, join us on the patio for a Churchwide Meet and Greet as we build community while getting to know one another.


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