Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Call to Worship for Mourning with Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Families in Charleston, Pulse Families in Orlando, and the Philando Castile Family in Minneapolis

Emmaus City Church Worcester MA Soma Acts 29 3DM Christian Reformed Church Transcultural Kingdom Multi-ethnic Church Network of Missional Communities

A Call to Worship and Lament for the Three-Year Anniversary Loss of Nine African American People Made in the Image of God from Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, for the Two-Year Anniversary of Loss of Forty-Nine LGBTQ+ People Made in the Image of God from the Pulse Nightclub on Sunday, June 12, 2016, and for the One-Year Anniversary Acquittal of the Officer Who Killed African American Philando Castile on Friday, June 16, 2017  


I didn't have many words last year, or the year before, or three years ago. So many have expressed the grief necessary that I continue to bow my head with them, nod, and groan. 

This updated call to worship – based on the One Church Liturgy created three years ago for the tragedy involving Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, and now including the families and communities impacted by the Pulse Nightclub massacre two years ago, and the families and communities impacted by the acquittal of the officer who killed Philando Castile – is a means by which Emmaus City Church and myself can continue to remember. 

 A Call to Worship for Remembering Those Who Were Killed in Charleston on June 17, 2015, in Orlando on June 12, 2016, and for Philando Castile and His Family and the Seemingly Unjust Acquittal of the Officer Who Killed Him on Friday, June 16, 2017

 

[One]
We stand before You today, oh Lord
Hearts broken, eyes weeping, heads spinning.
People made in Your image have been killed.
They gathered together, and then they were no more.
The enemy turned on them in violence
And now we are turning to You in prayer.


[All]
We stand with the families and communities in Charleston,
 in Orlando, and in Minneapolis.
We stand to bear their burden in Jesus’ name.

[One]
We cry out to You, oh Lord.
The violence in our streets continues to break out from our dark hearts.
The hatred in our cities has crept into our stubborn minds.
The brokenness in our lives has broken out into the lives of others once again.

We also pray for our enemies and those who join with the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy. 
We pray we will not react and respond with the prince of the power of the air.
We pray we will move with the Prince of peace and King of kings.

[All] 
We cry out to You!
May Your Kingdom come,  
May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We cry out for the families and communities in Charleston, in Orlando, and in Minneapolis.
We cry out for peace in Jesus’ name.

[One]
We pray to You today, oh Lord:
We pray to the God of all Comfort to comfort those in their mourning.
We pray that You would bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes.
We pray that You would give them the oil of joy instead of mourning.
We pray that You would give them a garment of praise in place of a spirit of despair.

 
[All]
We pray for families and communities in Charleston, Orlando, and in Minneapolis.
We pray for their comfort in Jesus’ name.

[One]
We declare together, oh Lord:
We will continue to stand and cry and weep with these families.
We will continue to make a place of peace for even the enemies.
We will continue to open our doors and our hearts to those who enter them.
We will continue to seek to forgive as we have been forgiven.
We will continue to love in Jesus’ name because You taught us that love conquers all.

 
[All]
We declare our love for you, families and communities in Charleston, Orlando, Minneapolis, and in Worcester.
We declare our love through one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one Church.
We declare you do not grieve alone today.

Psalm Reading

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
But You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
You consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
You encourage them, and You listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.


+ Psalm 10:12-15, 17-18

Let Justice Roll lyrics by Sojourn Worship

2015 A.D.


Forgive us Lord, for passing by 
When children cry for bread.
Forbid it Lord, that justice lie 
In tatters, cold and dead.
Outside these walls run desperate streets 
Where greed is law and life is cheap.
We bar the doors, refuse to see, 
Or hear the words You said:

Let justice roll like a river, like a river, let it roll!
Let justice roll like a river, like a river, let it roll!

Convict us Lord, we dance and laugh 
Ignoring those who weep.
Correct us Lord, our golden calf 
Has lulled our hearts to sleep.
The gap between the rich and poor 
Grows ever wider, shore to shore.
There’s racial hate, religious war 
And wolves among the sheep. 
(Repeat Chorus)

Indwell us Lord, and purify 
Our hands to work for You.
Enlist us Lord, to serve nearby 
And ʻcross the waters, too.
Your image-bearers on the earth 
Will never know how much theyʼre worth
Unless we love and help them first 
And show the way to You!
(Repeat Chorus) 

[One] 
The Lord is like a father to His children,
    Tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
For He knows how weak we are;
    He remembers we are only dust.
Our days on earth are like grass;
    Like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone—
    As though we had never been here.
But the love of the Lord remains forever
    with those who fear Him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
Of those who are faithful to His covenant,
    Of those who obey His commandments!
 
The Lord has made the heavens His throne;
    from there He rules over everything. 

[All] 
Let all that we are praise the Lord;
    With our whole hearts, we will praise His holy name.
Let all that we are praise the Lord;
    May we never forget the good things He does for us.
He forgives all our sins
    And heals all our diseases.
He redeems us from death
    And crowns us with love and tender mercies.
He fills our lives with good things.
    Our youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
 
The Lord gives righteousness
    A
nd justice to all who are treated unfairly.

Psalm 103:13-19; 1-6 

[One] 
We thank You that You are Immanuel – God with us.
Be with those in Charleston, Orlando, and Minneapolis who are mourning.
Continue to be our Father of compassion we all desperately need. 
Continue to be the King of salvation we all desperately need.
Continue to be the Holy Comforter we all desperately need. 
Redeem us. Renew us. Refine us.
Save us and make us holy like You, full of grace and truth.
God, help us. God, forgive us.
Come, King Jesus, come.
Amen.

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