BLM Live Service
Let’s start with three deep breaths and relax….
Blessing of the Quilt…
And a special centering moment..
let us begin today’s worship
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: There is neither Jew nor Gentile
P: Neither slave nor free
L: Nor is there male and female
P: Neither is there black or white
For we are all one in Christ Jesus.
L: We, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free
We have been called to serve one another humbly in love
P: God’s entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
L: And so we gather as one in Christ Jesus
P: To serve one another humbly
L: To fulfill the command to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
P: And to worship our loving, Creator God
Who sees neither Jew nor Gentile
Slave nor free
Male nor female
Black nor white
But only a gathering of beloved Children
Drawn together as one in Christ Jesus
L: Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us worship God
P: Let us worship God with one heart
One Soul Hallelujah, Amen!
Opening Hymn we shall over come #570 courtesy of Loomis Basin UCC
(All candles lit.)
Our faith's teachings tell us that each person is created in the image of God
27 So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God they created them;
male and female they created them.
and therefore has intrinsic worth and value. So why when Jesus proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the jailed, sight to the blind, and freedom to the oppressed (Luke 4:16-19)
16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Why did he not mention the rich, the prison-owners, the sighted and the oppressors? What conclusion are we to draw from this? Doesn't Jesus care about all lives?
Black lives matter. This is an obvious truth in light of God's love for all God's children. But this has not been the experience for many in the U.S. In recent years, young black males were 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than their white counterparts. Black women in crisis are often met with deadly force. Transgender people of color face greatly elevated negative outcomes in every area of life.
When Black lives are systemically devalued by society, our outrage justifiably insists that attention be focused on Black lives.
When a church claims boldly "Black Lives Matter" at this moment, it chooses to show up intentionally against all given societal values of supremacy and superiority or common-sense complacency. By insisting on the intrinsic worth of all human beings, Jesus models for us how God loves justly, and how his disciples can love publicly in a world of inequality. We live out the love of God justly by publicly saying #BlackLivesMatter.
The word of God for the people of God!
P: Thanks be to God
Sermon A Letter to my Son/ A sermonic film by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III
A call to prayer
God of All,
gather us into a time of prayer
for our family.
Expand our vision
to understand each human being
as our sister or brother;
and enlarge our hearts
to offer love for each other,
even as you love each of us.
Be with us now as we pray for members of your family.
O for a world #575
Let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us
Our Creator, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kin-dom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kin-dom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen
Invitation to the Offering
Offering our gifts to God is a holy act. In this sacred moment, let us offer our gifts and our lives to the holy work of God.
Doxology #778 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9My-_5s6bBQ
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, one.
God, our Creator, through your love you have given us these gifts to share. Accept our offerings as an expression of our deep thanks and as signs of our concern for those in need, especially those experiencing marginalization we praise our Creator. Amen.
The office is open for regular hours
We are accepting donations for the kidz cupboard and the food pantry
I am available for one on one virtual visits or phone calls if you need any prayer we will be together again one day, but until then remember you are the hands and the feet of our lord in this world and in this world of no physical contact we can still smile, wave, chat, check in
Let My People Go #572 Hilo UCC
starts at time stamp 5:53
May your hope in Christ guide your way through fear
May Christ of peace calm your troubled hearts
May the joy of Christ fill your hearts to overflowing
May the love of Christ let you understand how much you matter And may your Christ-like love show everyone you meet that they matter to you Amen
Just a note Bible study is on Wednesdays at noon…