"Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist of Birmingham and Edgewood Presbyterian Church of Homewood, Ala. are encouraging churches around the nation to teach a lesson on love and forgiveness on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 in memory of the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The lesson will be the same lesson that was taught the day the church was bombed," according to a news release.
When Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was bombed on Sept. 15, 1963 in Birmingham, the Sunday School lesson was "The Love That Forgives.'' The bomb went off at 10:22 a.m. The planned 11 a.m. sermon was "A Love That Forgives.''
Now, the two churches are asking other churches locally and nationally to talk about love, healing and forgiveness on the 50th anniversary.
Churches are also asked to ring bells at 10:22 a.m. in memory of the four girls.
"I think this is very important,'' said Pastor Michael W. Wesley Sr. of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. "It's really the whole message behind what Mayor Bell and everyone else is trying to call attention to 50 years later - that this is a different community than it was. If we are going to really be the community that we really need to be, and the nation that we need to be, forgiveness is required.''
The church bombing anniversary falls on National Back to Church Sunday, an annual event created to call people back to church.
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