LITURGY for RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – Compiled by Robert F Dennis 2015
September 13th Year B – 2015
God of Power and Might
Whose mercy knows no bounds
Whose love transcends all powers of injustice
Bless all engaged in your activity against racial injustice
Grant that your church may be bold enough
To challenge their own powerful kingdoms of conferences, and synods
So as to enter more fully the same
May they seek to hear those crying out for justice
That may serve as an inspiration to a society that engages tirelessly
Towards racial justice
Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ
Lord Jesus, you crossed barriers of race
Forgive our cowardice to cross the same
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord Jesus , you came to reconcile all humanity
Forgive our hesitation in seeking the same
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord you remind us your word of life is for all
Forgive our exclusivity
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
LITURGY for RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – Compiled by Robert F Dennis 2015
The First Reading
GENESIS 18.1-8
/ or ISAIAH 58.6-9
The Second Reading
Children of God
23Before the coming of this faith,j we were held in custody under the law, locked up
until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24So the law was our guardian until
Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25Now that this faith has come, we are no
longer under a guardian.
26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were
baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile,
neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If
you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
THE Gospel
SAINT LUKE 4.16-19
SENTENCE FOR THE PEACE (From Graham Kendrick’s “Beauty for brokenness)
God of the poor,
Friend of the weak
Give us compassion we pray
Melt our cold hearts
Let tears fall like rain
Come, change our love
From a spark to a flame
Who through his incarnation, gifted the world
With his presence amongst, and for people’s of all colour
And creeds, not distinguishing race,
Remaining that redeeming presence
In this gift of the holy Eucharist,
Therefore, with Angels, and Archangels.........
LITURGY for RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – Compiled by Robert F Dennis 2015
Christ, the God of all creation,
Who gave to the world those who tirelessly fought against racism,
Embolden you to seek the same,
And the Blessing of God..........
We have a dream
We have a dream: this nation will arise,
and truly live according to its creed,
that all are equal in their makers eyes,
and none shall suffer through another's greed
We have a dream that one day we shall see
a world of justice, truth and equity,
where sons of slaves and daughters of the free
will share the banquet of community.
We have a dream of deserts brought to flow'r,
once made infertile by oppression's heat,
when love and truth shall end oppressive pow'r,
and streams of righteousness and justice meet.
We have a dream; our children shall be free
from judgements based on colour or on race;
free to become whatever they may be,
of their own choosing in the light of grace.
We have a dream that truth will overcome
the fear and anger of our present day;
that black and white will share a common home,
and hand in hand will walk the pilgrim way.
We have a dream; each valley will be raised,
and ev'ry mountain, ev'ry hill brought down;
then shall creation echo perfect praise,
and share God's glory under freedom's crown!
by Michael Forster
Copyright © 1997 Kevin Mayhew
If you are re-producing the lyrics of this song, you will need a CCL license or else contact the publishers, Kevin
Mayhew, for permission.
Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #715
(This hymn is based on the speech of Martin Luther King and set to the tune of “Tell Out My Soul”.)
LITURGY for RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – Compiled by Robert F Dennis 2015
In Christ there is no East or West,
in him no South or North,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.
In him shall true hearts everywhere
their high communion find,
his service is the golden cord
close-binding all mankind.
Join hands, disciples of the faith,
whate'er your race may be!
Who serves my Father as a son
is surely kin to me.
In Christ now meet both East and West,
in him meet South and North,
all Christly souls are one in him,
throughout the whole wide earth.
Words: John Oxenham, 1908 Music: , McKee, Stockton, Bourne, St. Bernard, Manchester
Meter: CM
For the healing of the nations
Lord, we pray with one accord,
ffor a just and equal sharing
o the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action
help us rise and pledge our word.
Lead us forward into freedom,
from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred,
all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness
fear will die and hope increase.
All that kills abundant living,
let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice
may we hallow brief life's span.
You, Creator God, have written
your great name on humankind;
for our growing in your likeness
bring the life of Christ to mind;
LITURGY for RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – Compiled by Robert F Dennis 2015
that by our response and service
earth its destiny may find.
Words: Fred Kaan
Words © 1968 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Colours of day dawn into the mind,
The sun has come up, the night is behind.
Go down in the city, into the street,
And let's give the message to the people we meet.
So light up the fire and let the flame burn,
Open the door, let Jesus return.
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow,
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.
Go through the park, on into the town;
The sun still shines on, it never goes down.
The light of the world is risen again;
The people of darkness are needing a friend.
Open your eyes, look into the sky,
The darkness has come, the Son came to die.
The evening draws on, the sun disappears,
But Jesus is living, His Spirit is near.
Sue McClellan, John Paculabo & Keith Rycroft
Copyright © 1974 Thankyou Music
CCLI Number: 550092
Beauty for brokenness
Hope for despair
Lord, in your suffering
This is our prayer
Bread for the children
Justice, joy, peace
Sunrise to sunset
Your kingdom increase!
Shelter for fragile lives
Cures for their ills
Work for the craftsman
Trade for their skills
Land for the dispossessed
Rights for the weak
Voices to plead the cause
Of those who can't speak
LITURGY for RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – Compiled by Robert F Dennis 2015
God of the poor
Friend of the weak
Give us compassion we pray
Melt our cold hearts
Let tears fall like rain
Come, change our love
From a spark to a flame
Refuge from cruel wars
Havens from fear
Cities for sanctuary
Freedoms to share
Peace to the killing-fields
Scorched earth to green
Christ for the bitterness
His cross for the pain
Rest for the ravaged earth
Oceans and streams
Plundered and poisoned
Our future, our dreams
Lord, end our madness
Carelessness, greed
Make us content with
The things that we need
Lighten our darkness
Breathe on this flame
Until your justice
Burns brightly again
Until the nations
Learn of your ways
Seek your salvation
And bring you their praise
1993 Make Way Music
LITURGY for RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – Compiled by Robert F Dennis 2015
SOME Bible Verses about Racial Equality
Acts 17:26
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having
determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
Genesis 3:20
Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.
Malachi 2:10
"Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each
against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?
Acts 10:34-35
Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show
partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.
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Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:11
a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised,
barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
John 13:34
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you
also love one another.
James 2:1-4
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal
favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and
there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is
wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You
stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,"
Deuteronomy 10:17
"For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the
awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.
Ephesians 2:14
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the
dividing wall,
LITURGY for RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – Compiled by Robert F Dennis 2015
A South African Slave Prayer
(upon entering church- being directed to the Back pew –
Lest they “contaminate “ the front pews where the White folk sat
“Kaapse Afrikaans”
English Translation
“Here, ek will djou oek mos meet .
Lord, I also would like to meet you
hoekom het ek danso baie gasing.
Why do you think I sang so much?
.moet my nie vagiet
Please do not forget me
Wassit dan vaniet?
Or was it all in vain
Ek vra djou Here
I ask you now Lord
Please, please wend
En lig djou kop
Please lift up your countenance
And your face toward me
Net een maal op
Only Once is sufficient
En notice my hie agter, please
En smile met my.”
And Notice me at the back
And smile with me