September 13, 2020 Faith, Race, Grace & Place – 3 Rev. Dr. Twining F. Campbell
Imre Szilas opens our service by playing “Andante,” by Samuel Wesley, for the Prelude and “Fugue in E minor,” by J.S. Bach, for the Postlude. For the Anthem Imre plays “Psalm 19 (The heavens declare the glory of God),” by Benedetto Marcello.”
Following the welcome and prayer by Twining Campbell , we begin with “Guide My Feet” an old spiritual that has been in our hymnal for decades.
At the time of our filming (Sept. 6, 2020) Martha Campbell shares the announcements and prayer concerns for:
Those who mourn: Bill Loesch and his family at the death of his father; Dustin Paddock and his family at the death of his mother; and, Lauren Clark at a death in her family.
Those who are in the hospital and recovering for surgery as well as those awaiting surgery: Norm Lofland has been admitted and come home from the hospital and Bruce Buegler is awaiting a date for major heart surgery,
People across the West struggling with fires and unhealthy air quality as well as those who have lost homes and work due to fires.
An additional joy today is that Robert and Dawn Smith are celebrating their first anniversary – they were married in Westminster’s sanctuary last September 14th.
Martha then leads us in a responsive reading.
This morning, Deborah Owens leads us in the prayer of Illumination and reads the scripture lesson Luke 9:51-56 – Jesus making his way to Jerusalem.
In our series, Faith, Race, Grace & Place, Twining Campbell preaches the sermon based on the attitude of James and John toward the RACE of the Samaritans. Jesus, to the surprise of the disciples, rebuked James and John because of their racism; teaching them that Samaritan Lives Matter to Jesus. The lesson for us is that since black lives are important to God then Black Lives Matter to us.