Worship with 1 Click
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How might you rightly engage today? Perhaps you’ll sense the need to resist being a passive “consumer” of worship. Engage your body as you remember the bodies of our black and brown siblings. Stand up for portions. Walk. Sing. Slow down. Listen. Taste and see. Commit. Then act. “The moving walkway of discrimination, prejudice and bigotry favors the racist and standing still places one in this jurisdiction of hatred.” So says Jason Campbell in a recent opinion piece. Faith is not passive. It moves. It acts. It amends. Set your space for worship. May the impatient God of love and peace be with you as you enter in.
Connections with Andrea
If you have prayers you would like to share, please do so here. Parents, this is a great way to encourage your children's prayers as well. These will be shared by email to our St Andrew prayer list so that we pray for what you hold by name. This information is not shared online in a searchable form.
Holiness, Word, Power,
you reveal yourself
as one God in three persons,
a mighty, creative, life-generating dancer
who invites your creation to join you.
Catch us up in your love
and lead us into your world
to call others to follow you
with singing and rejoicing. Amen.
brown images of God struggling to breathe. It is much easier to find scapegoats for our wilderness wanderings than it is to look in the mirror. But look, we must at our own complacency and inaction, and repent of it, for…
“In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation's summers of riots are caused by our nation's winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again.”– Martin Luther King, Jr., Stanford University, 1967, “The Other America”
And, knowing repentance leads to the very heart of God where there is forgiveness, hear this good news: “Remember,” Jesus said, “I am with you always to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b).
Now, bless someone else. Send a text to a couple of people. Make a call. Who comes to mind for you? Wish them well. More than that, wish them the peace that comes with justice. Then click below.
Sing into our ears,
O Spirit, the holy word of life.
Tell us who we are and to whom we belong
so that we may live with gratitude for all that you have done.
Genesis 1:1-2:4a † Psalm 8 † 2 Corinthians 13:11-12 † Matthew 28:16-20
A printed version of the sermon is available here.
Song of Response
If you haven’t already, set the elements—some bread, some juice or wine—in the room where you worship electronically in these days with our faith community. Bring them with joy, giving thanks for God’s provision.
If a joy or a concern has come to mind, please share it with the assembly here so you do not carry it alone. These will be shared by email to our St Andrew prayer list so that we pray for what you hold by name. This information is emailed to a curated group, not shared or posted online in a searchable form.
As we respond to God's grace and new life, consider those ways you can express gratitude, thanksgiving and blessing. And remember that we continue to keep our financial commitments to our mission partners and staff. Thank you for remembering to send in your financial pledges and offerings!
Blessing and Charge