Sunday Service, June 28, 2020

Welcome, welcome to our worship service. Welcome…. welcome to our home. Welcome, welcome to our faith. This week’s scripture in Matthew is full of welcomes. Stay to the end when we get to hear the beautiful voices of East End United Regional Ministry in Toronto, Canada as they perform Gordon Light and Mark Miller’s “Draw the Circle Wide.”

East End United Regional Ministry Choir, Toronto, Canada

Sunday, June 14, 2020 Service

This Sunday- service:
Prelude Immortal, Invisible, Rosalie Bonighton, organist Dr. Julie Jonassen
Coming together in prayer – Pastor Rick Rabe
Prayer of confession
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Special Music: Largo, GF Handel, Bill McClure Saxophone and Julie Jonassen, Organ
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:8

Message – Compassion, Pastor Rick Rabe
Closing Hymn: Down to the River to Pray
A prayer for going into the world
(Image courtesy: Insidewink.com)

Four Thoughts for White Christians

credit Red Letter Christian

I subscribe to a news feed called Red Letter Wake Up which comes from the website Red Letter Christians (www.redletterchristians.org). They offer a daily quote or thought designed to help us be better Christians.

They recently had a ‘wake up’ email about the persistence of racism in our societies. If you are unfamiliar with the phrase ‘Red Letter,’ it is a reference to the practice in many bibles of highlighting the words of Jesus in red.

There is a burning question for those of us who are ‘not of color’ – ‘white.’ How as a Christian and white person, who wishes to combat the pandemic of racism, should we act. I’m including a link (below) to an outstanding article by Levi Yancy. Levy is a youth pastor in San Antonio. I encourage you to take the time to read this compelling, thoughtful, spiritual article and listen to God’s call within it.

Four Thoughts for White Christians

 

Sunday Service, June 7, 2020

Sign from WSUMC’s kneeling protest

What can we learn from the bible about the modern world and our recent struggles? Come and join us as we examine 2 Chronicles 20:9, 12-17 and Luke 15 in search of an answer to the questions of faith around today’s protests.

What’s a Christian to do?

You are invited to our ‘live’ worship service on June 7th at 10am. There’s a tough question about #BlackLivesMatter that we as Christians must come face to face with. Join us here or on our website at 10am.

Take a knee

I am asking for you to join me on Thursday at 4 p.m. to ‘take a knee’ for 8 1/2 minutes. I just read about the Mayor and chief of Police of Easthampton inviting their residents to join them in kneeling for 8 ½ minutes on Thursday to protest racism and the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota.

“Wherever you are in the city of Easthampton, we’re inviting you to join us, for 8 ½ minutes to reflect,” Mayor Nicole LaChapelle said. 

Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. That officer, Derek Chauvin, now faces both a manslaughter and a third-degree murder charge. State and independent autopsies have both concluded that Floyd’s death was a homicide. 

You are encouraged to wear face coverings and stand at least six feet apart from others. You may come to our church and kneel outside or whereever you are. Kneeling is a sign of respect, as Christians, we do it all the time in worship. Let this moment be a moment of reflection, prayer, sorrow, and hope. Pastor Rick Rabe

source for some information https://www.gazettenet.com/Vigil-planned-in-Easthampton-for-George-Floyd-34582325

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