On this day when we honor the legacy and life-long mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. I share this post. While I put it together in June 2020 after the death of George Floyd, it seems even more timely in the aftermath of the attack on our nation’s capitol earlier this month.

This is a video created with the first part of a sermon I gave in August of 2018 at Church of the Servant. In it I shared written reflections from a year earlier, after the Charlottesville White Supremacist’s marches and counter-protests.

It conveys the effort needed by me and other white people to do the work required from each of us to end racism. And while in this 2018 reflection I used the term “people of color,” I realize more fully now the importance of saying Black lives. They matter. What’s more, the listening, learning, and re-forming of White lives is as necessary as ever, and the only way we will overcome the pandemic of racism.

Important ENOUGH!

August 30, 2020

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

13th Sunday after Pentecost – Year A
Romans 12:21; Matthew 16:24

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

5th Sunday after Pentecost – Year C
Galatians 6:7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Original sermon with transcript and Gospel text can be found in July 2016 posts.

This is the short video we created for the Postlude… COS family showing up, listening, learning, caring… and we will continuing hearing those lifting their voices, and add ours as allies.

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

June Worship – Hearing Other Voices

Our shared worship on Sunday, June 7, was listening to a sermon given by The Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, Sr. Pastor of Christ the King, UCC in Florissant, MO – a suburb of St. Louis, located just 5 miles from Ferguson. This sermon was included with Christ the King’s video-worship offerings for Pentecost Sunday (May 31), but was initially recorded for the Festival of Homiletics, a continuing education program I attended in May. While this prerecorded sermon predates the killing of George Floyd, it was delivered in the shadow of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and so many other Black Lives. I hope you will listen.

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