Scripture of the Week:
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
“Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol, popularized by Billie Holiday:
Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
God of Justice and of Mercy,
Your servant Paul warned us that as we sow, so shall we reap. Your prophet Hosea warned us that if we sow the wind, we shall reap the whirlwind. So now, as we bow our heads into the force of the whirlwind, we must know deep down that this is not a momentary aberration or accident of the changing of the wind. As we gaze upon the strange fruit that we have produced we must know in our hearts and souls that this is not random mutation of our planting, but the result of years of sowing in blood and hate. And your church is complicit in sowing a system of injustice, our hands are not free of the blood and our hearts are not free of the hate.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ have mercy on us.
Confessing our sinful natures, we pray for your Spirit to begin the long hard work of repentance within and between us, and tear down the dividing walls of hostility so that we may begin to sow to the Spirit of reconciliation and begin the long, hard journey to forgiveness and peace. May those of us who have benefited from systems of injustice seek forgiveness from those of us who have broken by those systems. So that together we might glimpse, if only from a distance for now, the possibility of the Kin-dom of God where all are seen to reveal the image of God as we live in God’s justice and peace.
In the Name of the first strange fruit hanging from the tree, the crucified Christ, we pray. Amen.
Derek C. Weber, May 2020
Engage with just one of the videos from the list today, as we will continue to use these resources over the next few weeks.
The Danger of the Single Story
There is No Such Thing as Reverse Racism
50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America's past
The Gospel and Race and How Jesus Related to Those Considered Outsiders
How Do We Start to Heal from the Pain of Racial Division
White Boy Privilege
Racism is Real
How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time
Deconstructing White Privilege
What is White Privilege?
What resonated with you and why? What challenged you and why?
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