A Place at the Table

Good Morning!

50 years ago yesterday the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s address made a significant impact on the Civil Rights movement in the United Sates and indeed around the world. There are many things to celebrate as we look back over the last number of years but there is still a long way to go. At the heart of the civil rights movement is the ideal of freedom and liberation where all people are indeed equal. We all know that this is not yet a reality in our society. This message of liberation is also ( as you have heard me say many times!) the heart of the Gospel . Our challenge then, as people who follow in the footsteps of Jesus, is to speak out and stand up until we are one community and the barriers of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation etc are completely erased.

Shirley Murray of New Zealand has written a piece called “ A Place at the Table”. I love the words and the message and I share it today with you!

For everyone born, a place at the table
For everyone born, clean water and bread
A shelter, a space, a safe place for growing
For everyone born, a star overhead

Chorus:
And God will delight when we are creators
Of justice and joy, compassion and peace
Yes, God will delight when we are creators
Of justice, justice and joy!

For woman and man, a place at the table
Revising the roles, deciding to share
With wisdom and grace, dividing the power
For woman and man, a system that’s fair

 

For young and for old, a place at the table
A voice to be heard, a part in the song
The hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled
For young and for old, the right to belong

For just and unjust, a place at the table
Abuser, abused, with need to forgive
In anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy
For just and unjust, a new way of life

For everyone born, a place at the table
To live without fear, and simply be
To work, to speak out, to witness and worship
For everyone born, the right to be free.

May the spirit’s power set ablaze our hearts as we join hands to create the Kingdom that is God’s.

Blessings,

Valerie

Reminders of the Week:

September is almost here and everything begins again!!

September 8th – Sunday School opening and Congregational BBQ

                               – Worship Committee Meeting

September 10th – Men’s Fellowship begins ( Please note the date! This is the second Tuesday of the month! It will return to the First Tuesday In October)

 

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