Racial Justice Sunday 14th February

Morning Worship at Doxey and St Paul’s

 

Welcome and introduction by Revd Alison

The Lord be with you
And also with you

We stand in worship before the throne of God

with countless crowds

from every nation and race, tribe and language.

Blessing and glory and wisdom,

thanksgiving and honour, power and might

be to our God for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Hymn: Christ Be Our Light

 

Intercessions written by Alice Farmer and read by Revd Ian

 

Video: A Short Thought on Racism, from Wayne, a congregation member at St Matthew’s Walsall

 

Confession

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.

Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion,

and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.

 

You made us to be one family,

yet we have divided humanity.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

You were born a Jew to reconcile all people,

yet we have brought disharmony amongst races.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

You rejoice in our differences,

yet we make them a cause of enmity.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

May God who loved the world so much

that he sent his Son to be our Saviour

forgive us our sins

and make us holy to serve him in the world,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Hymn: All Are Welcome

 

Readings

 Acts 8 v 26-38

26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31 He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
    and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
        so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
        For his life is taken away from the earth.’

34 The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you O Lord

Mark 9 v 2-9

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one[b] on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,[c] one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ

 

Sermon: Revd Martin

 

Hymn: Amazing Grace

 

The Creed

We say together in faith

All   Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God almighty,

who was, and is, and is to come.

We believe in God the Father,

who created all things:

All   for by his will they were created

and have their being.

We believe in God the Son,

who was slain:

All   for with his blood,

he purchased us for God,

from every tribe and language,

from every people and nation.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit:

All   the Spirit and the Bride say,‘Come!’

Even so come, Lord Jesus!

Amen.

 

A Prayer of engagement

 

Great God, you are one God
and you bring together what is scattered
and mend what is broken.
Unite us with the scattered peoples of the earth
that we may be one family of your children.
Bind up all our wounds
and heal us in spirit
that we may be renewed as disciples of Jesus Christ,
our Master and Saviour.
Amen

 

Hymn: Living Hope

 

Blessing

Christ the good shepherd,

who laid down his life for the sheep,

draw you and all who hear his voice,

to be one flock within one fold;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ Amen