The litany is sadly familiar: Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, and, finally, Charleston. This series of mournful events again reveals the undeniable, continuing, deep division in how we of different races experience life in America.
In recent worship together our pastor, Steve Hyde, has been calling us to reflection and RBC Congregation self-examination, in an attempt to understand how we have gotten here; and to discern what our response might be. Some in our congregation have expressed a longing to do something: to make things better, to set things right. But what to do? Where to begin? What does God want of us?
We invite our congregation, and anyone else who wishes to join us, to a time of community prayer and self-examination for insight and guidance--insight into how we have come to this moment, individually and collectively; and guidance as to how we can become ministers of reconciliation.
During this time, we also will practice lectio divina, an ancient form of meditative prayer that focuses on a passage of scripture.
Read the text: what does the text say?
Read the text again: what does it say to me?
What do I want to say to God about the text?
What is my prayer?
What difference will the text make in my life?
What is my response?
Benediction: Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Light of the world; fill my mind with Your peace and my heart with Your love.
*Adapted from The Cloud of Unknowing, translation by Carmen Acevedo Butcher