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Pilgrimage Week 3: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the third week of the Mountain Sky Conference Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Participants on the journey will receive a daily email with this same content. Those who also chose to receive a daily text reminder will be sent a link to this page. If you have questions about the Pilgrimage, please email the Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 21 - Sept. 27, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Amos 5:14-15a

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate...


Pray:

From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

We’re all out of answers, O Covenant God of all humanity,
We can’t find the right words that will fix what has been broken,
We can’t heal the wounds caused by hundreds of years of hatred, with the Band-Aid of, “sorry,”
or the hand sanitizer of, “not really my fault.”
We claim an understanding of sorts of the anger and pain we see around us,
But secretly wish they would act more . . . like us.
Give us a solution; we’ll pay it. Give us a fee; we’ll pay it. What will it take to make all of this go away?
“All of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble’.”
Give us the grace to be humble, O Sovereign Lord. Let us not seek our own wisdom,
let us be slow to give answers,
slow to say, “they should,”
and quicker to say, “I’m listening.”
To say, “tell me about your pain.”
To say, “I see you.”
“I care about you.”
Let us humble ourselves
that we might begin anew the journey to becoming the family of God.
In the Name of the One who humbled himself upon a cross we pray. Amen.

Adapted from Derek C. Weber, June 2020


Engage:

Consider the instances in Scripture that points to and/or includes diversity, strangers meeting one another, different cultures coming together, etc. What are common themes? What can you learn from them?

With whom will you share what you have learned this week?


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Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 20 - Sept. 26, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Amos 5:14-15a

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate...


Pray:

From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

Prayer for National and Church Leaders

Lord, we believe you when you say you will lead us. But we have suffered at the hands of those who would destroy and scatter your sheep. You promised that you would raise us up shepherds who will gather us together so that no will live in fear. So, we look for those shepherds, Lord.

We pray for those shepherds who will do good and do right, for those who will protect the children, who will teach the children, who will give the children hope. We pray for those shepherds who will pursue peace, who will walk humbly, who will reconcile the nations. We pray for those shepherds who will fight injustice, who stand on the side of justice. We pray for those shepherds who will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and set at liberty the captives. We pray for those shepherds who will spread love, show mercy, and practice hospitality.

Lord, we pray for those shepherds, we pray for all peoples, we pray for the church universal, we pray for our country, we pray for the nations.

From The Africana Worship Book: Year C, ©2008 Discipleship Resources, p 164. Written by Tony Peterson, Inspired by Jeremiah 3:15, 23: 1- 4). (Paraphrased by Cynthia A Wilson)


Engage:

Engage with one Video from the list.

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
The Choice
Racism is Real
White Bred
How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time
Deconstructing White Privilege
The Talk
What is White Privilege?


Reflect:

What clicked for you? What weighed heavily on you? Why?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 19 - Sept. 25, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Amos 5:14-15a

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate…


Pray:

From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

Sometimes I feel like a lost child, a long way from home.

God, our Parent,
You placed in us a desire for connection, for welcome, for inclusion.
You gave us a longing for home, a true home, a true family.
Yet there is within us a capacity to exclude, to push away.
You have made us a tapestry, weaving together, enhancing the whole.
Yet, we create division, sameness, drawing lines.
We find some strange security by seeing others as less than, worse than.
Help us, Mothering God; guide us, God our Father.
We feel a long way from home.

Help us find our way home.
Home to you. Home to each other. Home to the kin-dom where we long to be.

Sometimes we feel like a lost child, a long, long way from home.
Let us not give up on home. Amen.

Adapted from Derek C. Weber, September 2020


Engage:

Engage with just one Article from the list.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America
Caught Up in God
How White People Got Made
Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person
Why Do You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"
Growing Up With Institutional Racism


Reflect:

What was an “aha” moment? What did you find yourself pushing back/against?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 18 - Sept. 24, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Amos 5:14-15a

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate...


Pray:

From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

Spirit of God,

We have heard your call to share in building up the Kindom of God. Fill us with the desire to change ourselves and to change the world. Enflame our passion for justice into a commitment to address unjust situations and structures. Deepen our concern for our siblings in America and overseas who endure the burdens of poverty, war, exploitation and persecution. Let us enthusiastically play our part in the mission of the Church in the modern world.

Banish any complacency in our hearts and minds. Teach us to recognize the lack of justice. May we always act in the Spirit of justice. May we envisage, pray about and create a different sort of world in which injustice is replaced with a renewed sense of solidarity and care. Enlivened by the Spirit, may we go forth in the peace of the Holy Spirit to love and serve the Lord.

Amen.

Adapted from then Australian Catholic Social Justice Council


Engage:

Engage with just one Poem from the list.

The Bridge Poem by Donna Kate Rushin
White Privilege by Gabriel Ramirez
White Boy Privilege by Royce Mann
A Poem for My Friends: I Didn't Tell You by Norma Johnson
Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
Immigrant Blues by Li-Young Lee


Reflect:

Was there anything that weighed heavily on you or made you feel uncomfortable? If so, what was it? Would you be willing to sit in with these feelings for a moment?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 17 - Sept. 23, 2020

Scripture of the Week:

Amos 5:14-15a

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate...


Pray:

From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

Dear God,
In our efforts to dismantle racism, we understand that we struggle not merely against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities – those institutions and systems that keep racism alive by perpetuating the lie that some members of the family are inferior and others superior.

Create in us a new mind and heart that will enable us to see siblings in the faces of those divided by racial categories.

Give us the grace and strength to rid ourselves of racial stereotypes that oppress some of us while providing entitlements to others.

Help us to create a church and a nation that embraces the hopes and fears of oppressed people of color where we live, as well as those around the world.

Heal your family God, and make us one with you, in union with our brother Jesus, and empowered by your Holy Spirit.

Pax Christi
https://socialjusticeresourcecenter.org/prayers/racism/


Engage:

Engage with just one video from the list.

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
The Choice
Racism is Real
White Bred
How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time
Deconstructing White Privilege
The Talk
What is White Privilege?


Reflect:

Did you learn something new or was reminded of something you have come across? What was there something confusing or unclear that you will look more into?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 16 - Sept. 22, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Amos 5:14-15a

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate…


Pray:

From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

(Portuguese version) (Versão em Português)

Deus dos pobres e dos oprimidos,
Amigo e irmão dos que sofrem injustiça e indiferença,
Que sua graça sustentadora ofereça esperança aos que hoje se encontram angustiados;
Que seu amor incondicional console aqueles que perderam seus entes queridos,
Que sua presença transformadora nos renove a cada manhã.

Deus dos abandonados e dos esquecidos,
Como seus filhos clamamos por sua grandiosa misericórdia,
E como cristãos ansiamos para que sua compaixão alcance os marginalizados.
Em tempos de isolamento e medo, que a Igreja ofereça acolhimento e coragem.
Em tempos de injustiça e opressão, que a igreja lute por aqueles enfraquecidos pelo ódio.
Em tempos de incerteza e desespero, que a igreja anuncie a esperança.

Deus dos que não são aceitos e respeitados,
Oramos por uma sociedade mais justa,
Oramos por uma igreja mais inclusiva,
Oramos por famílias que amem, por pessoas que aceitem todos como são.
Oramos para Sua missão se cumpra: que todos sejam transformados pelo amor.

Deus dos enfermos e daqueles em luto,
Que este tempo de medo e perda passe,
Que sua consolação alcance os sofrem pelos que já foram,
Que sua graça transforme lamentos em sorrisos,
E que suas bênçãos entrem nos corações quebrados.
Amem.

(English Version)
God of the poor and the oppressed,
Friend and brother of those who suffer injustice and indifference,
May your sustaining grace offer hope to those in distress today;
May your unconditional love console those who have lost loved ones,
May your transforming presence renew us every morning.

God of the abandoned and the forgotten,
As your children, we cry out for your mercy,
And as Christians, we long for compassion to reach the marginalized.
In times of isolation and fear, may the church offer support and courage.
In times of injustice and oppression, may the church fight for those impacted by hatred.
In times of uncertainty and despair, may the church proclaim hope.
God of those who are not accepted and respected,
We pray for a more just society,
We pray for a more inclusive church,
We pray for families that love and for people who accept everyone as they are.
We pray that your mission be accomplished: everyone transformed by love.

God of the sick and those mourning,
Let this time of fear and loss pass.
May your consolation reach those who have suffered,
May your grace transform laments into smiles,
And may your blessings enter broken hearts.
Amen.

Based on Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Rev. Marcelo Gomes, serving Lee Memorial UMC in Norwich, CT, Seacoast District


Engage:

Engage with just one song from the list.

How Long by Mark Miller
There is a Time for Silence by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette and Phil Hart
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Where is the Love by Black Eye Peas
Ella's Song (Video) Ella's Song (Lyrics)
Trauma by Arrested Development
How Many Miles Must We March by Ben Harper
White Privilege II by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Jamila Woods
Shame on You by Indigo Girls
Glory by Common and John Legend
Freedom by Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar
Birmingham Sunday by Joan Baez
Hands Up by Daye Jack featuring Killer Mike
Black Rage by Lauryn Hill
Shine Reprise by Tobe Nwigwe
No More Genocide by Holly Near and Ronnie Gibert


Reflect: What stood out for you? What do you think the singer/songwriter(s) wants you to hear them say?


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Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 15 - Sept. 21, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Amos 5:14-15a
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate ...


Pray:
From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

God of freedom and peace,
who sees your children through all circumstances:
help us journey with one another,
that together we may overcome all evil forces which attempt to divide us from each other;
in the name of the One whose Body is made of many members, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Drawing from “We Shall Overcome” Sr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, OSL


Engage:
Engage with just one Item from the list as we may revisit this list later.

This list includes some art work and links to museums. If you are engaging with a museum, please take some time to browse and read the stories/history behind the works and/or historical pieces.

I Am Not a Virus. Art by Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom
Nuestros Campesinos. Art by Pescador
Guided By Justice. Art by Dana King
National museum of the American Indian: Americans
National Museum of African American History and Culture


Reflect:
Did it move you? If so, in what way? Where did you feel it in your body? What did you learn?