Lexington church replaces graffiti with messages of love

Published: Aug. 21, 2016 at 4:06 PM EDT
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A day after church members found graffiti at their church, they found a way to replace it with messages of love.

Sometime before Saturday morning, someone spray painted graffiti all over the front doors and sidewalk to St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Lexington.

"They had spray-painted some pretty obscene, pornographic images and words," said Rector Laurie Brock.

Saturday, several church members helped clean the mess up. By Sunday morning, it was gone. Brock wanted to work it into her sermon for the Sunday services.

"The vandalism is not the story. That's a part of it. The end of the story is always love in the Christian faith," she said.

During the service, Brock put what happened in perspective.

"When people send out into the world hate and violence, our responsibility is to respond with love," Brock said. "Teenage boys are not the only ones who can graffiti things,"

Brock invited the entire congregation to go outside, pick up some sidewalk chalk, and write their own messages of love. By the end of the service, there were far more positive messages than the hateful messages that were there before.