Racial Justice Sunday

Call to Worship – Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ase (or às̩e̩ or ashe) is a West African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change. Rev. Velda Love UCC Minister for Racial Justice

Worship Leader: In a beginning before humans were formed and nature knew God’s great presence the Spirit moved over the universe

People of God: Ashe

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Psalm 24:1-2

Worship Leader: In quiet peace God created humans, women and men, colorful, balanced and creatively diverse and the beauty of God’s love filled the earth

People of God: Ashe

People of God, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 37-39

Worship Leader: In honor of Racial Justice Sunday we remember these names because these are the ancestors who made a way out of no way with; God before them, beside them, and lovingly guiding succeeding generations: 

  • Nana Yaa Asantewa of Ashanti, Taharqa, ruler of Napatan Kush, Queen Nzingha, West African military ruler, Frederick Douglass, James C. Cone, and Katie Geneva Cannon

People of God: Ashe

  • Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, Gabrielle Prosser, Nate Turner and Denmark Vesey
  • Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Jerena Lee
  • WEB DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Ella Baker

These and more represent the great cloud of witnesses. Their spirits linger with us creating new generations of warriors, preachers, teachers, activists, organizers, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters of the African Diaspora.

People of God:Ashe

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. Rev. 7:9

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord! Ashe and Amen

Racial Justice Sunday is an appointed time on the United Church of Christ calendar to recognize the ongoing struggle and brilliant achievements of people, past and present in our lives who work towards a Just World for All.

Say their names…read their words, emulate their lives and be a Drum Major for Justice as often quoted by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.

Make racial justice a daily commitment and remain faithful to our God of justice, hope, and peace.

Join the Quarterly UCC Book Club reading and discussion group. Commit to having sacred conversations to end racism. For more information contact Rev. Velda Love, Minister for Racial Justice Lovev@ucc.org, (216) 736-3719.

Use Racial Justice Sunday as an invitation to join the UCC Racial Justice Quarterly Book Club
Racial Justice means equipping the Christian Church with resources that will enable congregants and communities to take serious the Gospel as messages of resistance, hope, restoration, and a commitment to equity among all God’s people.  Phil Snider has assembled outstanding preachers as contributors. Their voices challenge, liberate, lift, and bring a sound theological and biblical basis for preaching prophetic and pastoral sermons. Purchase , Preaching as Resistance: Voices of Hope, Justice & Solidarity, https://www.uccresources.com/ invite friends, family, and your congregation to read as a faith community. The first book discussion is Thursday, March 7th, 12 pm to 1 pm, Eastern Standard Time.  For more information contact Rev. Dr. Velda Love Lovev@ucc.org (216) 736-3719