Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Gathering Music and Lighting of Altar Candles
“All our silences in the face of racist assault are acts of complicity.”
Bell Hooks, “killing rage: Ending Racism”
I love Jesus, who said to us:
Heaven and earth will pass away.
When heaven and earth have passed away,
My word will remain.
What was your word, Jesus?
Love? Affection? Forgiveness?
All your words were
One word: WAKEUP.
– Antonio Machado in Times Alone –
Welcomes and an introduction to the day: We continue to reflect on “Being SPIRIT PERSONS in All the Contexts of Life… and today we welcome the reflections of what being a spirit person means to Nina Frost and The Rev. Robert Close. And still feeling the spirit of a historical struggle that revolves – and is evolving in unprecedented ways – around events at Mother Emanuel in Charleston… it still seems appropriate that there can be no better way to guide us in being spirit persons in this and many other contexts of struggle than the hymn/poem of James Weldon Johnson…
Opening Hymn: No. 593, Lift Every Voice And Sing
Today’s biblical contexts…
Psalm 130: Out of the depths I cry to you, O God,
Hear me, and be sensitive to my pleas for mercy!
If you were keeping account of all our sins, O God,
Who among us could survive?
But there is forgiveness with you,
And for that we hold you in awe..
So we look to you, O God,
And eagerly await your word.
We are far more eager for that than anyone can imagine,
Far more eager than those who watch for the sun to rise each day.
So my fellow God-strugglers,
Keep hoping and waiting on God,
For with God there is only steadfast love
And the transcending power of revival!
Yes, God-strugglers, with God there is always forgiveness and revival!
Mark 5:21-43: When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a great crowd gathered down at the seashore. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”
So he went with him, followed by a large crowd. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If only I touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
And just then, people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Reflections: “Waking up to Life”
A Reflective Hymn: No. 292, Breathe on Me, Breath of God
The Offerings and Offertory Music
Prayers of Joys and Concerns…
A Prayer of spirit persons for enlightenment and power
to live out ‘God Truth’ in all the contexts of life… Our Father…
[and we pray, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors…]
A Closing Hymn: No. 283, Spirit of the Living God [sing twice]
Extinguishing the Candles and Taking Our Light Into the World
Sharing the Joy and Truth of being SPIRIT PERSONS as we go…
Next Sunday, July 5 – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost will mark the beginning of a summer worship time that will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a very special guest to share what being a spirit person means to him, DAVID SAWYER will be with us to share some more timely than ever reflections around
‘Apartheid USA’ – an African-American Experience
Unmasked by Stories from Ferguson to Baltimore…
An artist-activist from Baltimore, David brings a rich experience as a writer, community organizer, and performing artist throughout the country to bear on advancing the cause of social harmony through cultural understanding. He’ll be sharing his observations at our Potluck Picnic Brunch… and remember, it begins at 9:30 a.m. More information will be coming your way. Meanwhile, consider some words that typify his thinking: “It is important to create a forum whereby Americans can create a dialogue, in conversational tones, upon those issues which they find themselves most passionate”
NOTE: On remaining Sundays of July/August, WORSHIP at 10:00 a.m.
July 12 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost: Sharon Lloyd/O’Connor
Psalm 24 & Mark 6:14-29
July 19 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost: Malcolm Baldwin
Psalm 89:20-37 and Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
July 26 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost; Chuck Hedges
Psalm 14 and John 6:1-21
As spirit persons who believe that ‘God’ is alive in us… we continue to gather in worship as an inclusive community, an open & affirming community of faith that transcends any distinctions based on gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, or religion… with a formal worship that flows into a living worship of love and support for one another and to pursue ways in which we can reflect God’s mercy, justice, and peace in our community and throughout the world, along with finding ways to celebrate the goodness of life together… and always reaching out to draw others, with total inclusiveness, into this communal experience…