Moments of Blessing

As of June 2017, Associated Ministries will only conduct Moments of Blessings upon request.

AM will be coordinating and holding a new annual memorial service in early 2018.  Stay tuned for more details.
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Moments of Blessing is a program of Associated Ministries designed to reclaim spaces where homicides have occurred.
Associated Ministries conducts a blessing on the site of nearly every homicide in Pierce County.Daniel Mosley site

We have conducted over 360 of these services since the first service in honor of Dexter Villa. People of faith go to each site where there has been a murder so that, through readings, prayers, and personal story-telling and reflections we can reclaim that space for what God intended: life.

Moments of Blessings by Sandy Windley:  MOB Article 2015-06-17

History

In 1998, Dexter Villa was murdered in nearby Titlow Park. Several days later, Associated Ministries held its first Moment of Blessing at the site where Dexter was killed. Since that day we have faithfully carried out such services at homicide sites throughout Pierce County.
 

Purpose

Moments of Blessing is a program of Associated Ministries designed to reclaim spaces where homicides have occurred.  Associated Ministries conducts a blessing on the site of nearly every homicide in Pierce County.
 
Approximately one week after a homicide takes place in Pierce County, Associated Ministries conducts a “Moment of Blessing.”  The purpose of these services is to pause and remember that a human life was taken at this particular place. We come together as community to pray for all involved in the particular homicide and to reclaim the space as sacred, a place of life. So often spaces are remembered as places of death. We reclaim them as places of life by conducting a prayer service and blessing.

 

The brief prayer service is designed to offer support to the victim’s family, friends, and the neighboring community while helping to bring closure to the traumatic event. The service includes shared prayer, brief readings, and a sprinkling rite. Family, friends and neighbors are invited to share their memories and reflections.

 

The Moments of Blessing are public events. Participating clergy are asked to vest to help provide a visible presence of the faith community. The site is marked by bamboo poles carrying orange (gunshot victims), purple (domestic violence homicide), yellow (homicide of a child) and red (all other homicides) ribbons. Each ribbon bears the name of a victim memorialized by a Moment of Blessing.

 

Contact

For more information about Moments of Blessing, contact Sandy Windley at (253) 426-1506 or sandyw@associatedministries.org.