The Pastor’s Pen: April 7, 2019

Yesterday marked our 28th day of Lent.  As we continue to observe our theme during this Lenten season, “A Season of Sacrificial Commitment:  Time, Talent, Treasure,” I want to commend all sacrifices (individual and collective) made in preparation for Easter and in support of our church. I especially want to commend the efforts of the Men of Shiloh; they have presented an excellent project through which our church can show its dedication to those for whom society has forgotten:  the incarcerated. Following is a request from Brother Floyd Price, coordinator of our Prison Ministry: “As we continue our commitments and sacrifices this Lenten season and in keeping with our church theme, The Justice of Jesus in Action:  Advocacy, Education & Direct Action, the Social Justice Ministry needs your assistance. The Prison Ministry is asking you to take direct action and send seasonal and other forms of cards of encouragement to our incarcerated brothers. If you will send a card, kindly note the following: 1) Always use our church address as your return address: Shiloh Baptist Church, ATTN:  Prison Ministry, 1500 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 2000. 2) Purchase cards without ornaments and with as few colors as possible. Prison officials usually return decorated cards for fear of drugs in the ink. Send cards to the following brothers:

Matthew Dill, Jr., 70354-007P.O. Box 900

Federal Correctional InstitutionBerlin, NH 03570

William Ray Thomas, 1110664

Red Onion State Prison10800 H

Jack Rose HighwayPound, VA 24279

Steven Allen Jones, 01860292

Texas PenitentiaryFrench M Robertson

12071 FM 3522Abilene, TX 79601

Jerome Kellum

Inmate: 360-138

Hagerstown Correctional FacilityHagerstown, MD 21746

 

We are grateful for your sacrifice; it helps to let our brothers know that they are not forgotten. If you need additional information, I can be reached at  443-280-0794 or price.floyd@gmail.com. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me (Mathew 25:36).” 

 

No better seasons than Lent and Easter to make sacrifices and show compassion for those Jesus died to set free. In His first sermon at His hometown synagogue in Nazareth, Luke 4:16-19 reads: “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” We must never forget that at Eastertime, we commemorate God’s Son coming to Earth and accepting a horrible death on a cross, that He might set the captives free.