Jun 19, 2020

JUNETEENTH 2020




CENTERING
We Are Marching In the Light of God

We are marching in the light of God,
We are marching in the light of God.
(Repeat)
We are marching, marching,
We are marching, marching,
We are marching in the light of God.
(Repeat)
We are living in the love of God,
We are living in the love of God,
(Repeat)
We are living, living,We are living, living,
We are living in the love of God,
(Repeat)
We are moving in the power of God,
We are moving in the power of God,
(Repeat)
We are moving, moving,We are moving, moving,
We are moving in the power of God.
(Repeat)
Siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwenkhos',
Siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwenkhos'.
(Repeat)
Siyahamba, hamba, siyahamba, hamba,
Siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwenkhos'.
(Repeat)
(a South African hymn that became popular in North American churches in the 1990s. The title means "We Are Marching" or "We are Walking" in the Zulu language.Words v.1 © Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community from Freedom is Coming; vv. 2, 3 © 1987, 1991 Sovereign Music UK. Music arrangement © The Royal School of Church Music)



OPENING PRAYER

Holy and righteous God, you created us in your image. 
Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil 
and to make no peace with oppression. 
Help us, like those of generations before us 
who resisted the evil of slavery and human bondage in any form
and any manner of oppression. 
Help us to use our freedoms to bring justice among people
and nations everywhere, 
to the glory of your most Holy and Blessed name.
Amen.
(adapted from: Copyright © 2019 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.This document may be reproduced for use in your congregation as long as the copyright notice appears on each copy.)

PSALMODY
Going Down To the River To Pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O sisters, let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
O sisters, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O brothers, let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
Come on, brothers, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O fathers, let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
O fathers, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O mothers, let's go down
Come on down, don't you wanna go down?
Come on, mothers, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way

O sinners, let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
O sinners, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord, show me the way.
(a Christian folk hymn, an African-American spiritual, an Appalachian song, and a southern gospel song. The exact origin of the song is unknown. Research suggests that it was composed by an African-American slave. Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Traditional © Public Domain)


WORD

Isaiah 61:1-4
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

Luke 4:20-21
Jesus has just finished His temptation in the wilderness. The very first thing He does is to walk into the synagogue and unroll the scroll and read the above text from Isaiah 61. Then Luke says: 
“He rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, Holy and Almighty, Holy Immortal One:
We have lived in the evil of racism.
We have benefited from white privilege in ways that must be undone.
We are broken beyond our own ability to make things right.
With contrite hearts and distraught spirits we turn to you, O God.
We turn to you in repentance seeking justice and peace
and the elimination of all oppression, injustice, and inequality.
Help us to listen to our sisters and brothers, people of color,
that we may learn the depth and breath of our sinfulness.
Help us to listen to our sisters and brothers, who have gained
from privilege and now know the errors of our ways.
Help us to listen to the movement of your Spirit,
for you seek to renew your creation and to restore to humanity
the dignity and honor that belongs to each.
Bring reconciliation, O God, not by words alone,
but in acts of liberation and freedom.
May all, regardless of race, gender, age, and creed--
people from every nation on earth--
find the way to live into your purpose and will,
that all may be one, and our unity found in empowering those
who are without power, to enable those
who seek to be all that they can be,
that there will be freedom and liberty for all.
This we ask in humble prayer knowing that we are lost
and need to be found.
Find us, O God, find us in the Kin-Dom of your making,
for this we ask in your Most Holy and Blessed Name.
Amen.

RESPONSE
Blow Ye the Trumpet, Blow (The Year Of Jubilee Has Come)
(a hymn written by Charles Wesley, and published as the third of his seven Hymns for New Year's Day in 1750. Music by Lewis Edson (1782)



PRAYERS OF THE DAY


O God, look with compassion on the whole human family; 
take away the arrogance and hatred that infect our hearts; 
break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; 
and, through our struggle and confusion, 
work to accomplish your purposes on earth; 
so that, in your good time, every people and nation 
may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne.
O God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Out of the darkness we cry to you, O God. 
Enable us to find in Christ the faith to trust
your care even in the midst of pain. 
Assure us that we do not walk alone through the valley of the shadow, 
but that your light is leading us into life.
O God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, 
grant courage and hope. 
Where anxiety is infectious and widening, 
grant peace and reassurance. 
Where impossibilities close every door and window, 
grant imagination and resistance. 
Where distrust twists our
thinking, grant healing and illumination. 
Where spirits are daunted and weakened, 
grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams.
O God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God, call us into a deeper relationship 
to be your church for the sake of the world. 
Help us to see with new eyes the injustices within church and society. 
Call us to have a loving heart that respects and uplifts 
the humanity and dignity of every person; 
open our ears to listen to and learn from the experiences of people of color. Open our mouths to speak up and about injustices. 
Join us with others to work for racial equity and 
inclusion for all people.
O God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
(Copyright © 2019 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
This document may be reproduced for use in your congregation as long as the copyright notice appears on each copy.)

GOING FORTH
Lift Every Voice and Sing
(song written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) in 1900 and set to music by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) in 1905)

Blessed is God
and blessed is God's Kin-Dom
now and forevermore.
We go to be a blessed
one to another
all to all others.
Amen.