This week we have a special worship that we hope you will want to be part of, and share around. Yes, at 42 minutes it is slightly longer than our usual Sunday worship, but we have a special focus and special guests with us. We offer this DisciplesNet worship in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in calling for this Sunday to be End Racism Sunday.
We add our voices and prayers this day as Disciples of Christ and in ecumenical partnership with many other denominations, congregations and individuals around the world.
The call do this worship comes from the historically black AME Church as a way to reframe the horrible June 17, 2015 killings of nine members of the historic Mother Emanuel congregation during a Bible Study, allegedly by young white man claiming racist motives.
We are honored to have as our guest preacher this week the Rev. Dr. Timothy James, who speaks from his heart about "The Miracle of Love." Dr. James is the Associate General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada, and the Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation. Off and on throughout worship you will see a candle burning, which represents hope, that goes along with our prayers of confession, repentance,
As we do every week, our time together includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread) where you may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me."
If you would like to share with us at the table that goes beyond all earthly boundaries of time, place, and structure, we ask that you prepare a piece of bread of some type and a drink, such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers are given to extend to where you are If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us. (Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening music, “Soon and Very Soon,"
2. Welcome: Russ Smith
3. Opening song of lament: "Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying," Twana A. Harris
4. Special Litany of Forgiveness, Commitment, and Hope
5. Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Susan McNeely
6. Gospel Song: "Soon and Very Soon," Le Petit Chanteurs de Montigny
7. Message, "The Miracle of Love," Rev. Dr. Timothy James, with scripture Luke 10:17-20
8. Hymn: “Lord, Make Us Instruments of Thy Peace,” Southport Christian Church Choir
9. Communion: Bob Shaw and Anita Cobb
10. Hymn: “One Bread, One Body” Phoebe Spier
11. Sending out
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God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
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