Racial Justice Sunday June 16, 2019

Recognizing Injustice, Working for Justice the Racial Justice and Healing Work Group of the South Carolina Christian Action Council offers the following Worship Resources for use on Sunday, June 16, 2019, or in any service or small group which best serves your congregation. All resources are offered sacrifically and may be adapted as needed and used without attribution.

For those congregations who follow the lectionary, this is celebrated as “Trinity Sunday.”  Across the United States, this Sunday is also observed as Father’s Day (see below Prayers).

The Trinity and Racial Justice

The God of Jesus Christ has been revealed to have an inner dynamism such that God can be spoken of as being One while also in three Persons that we name as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Classic reflection on the Trinity suggests that God “utters Godself” in the Word; the Word is so perfectly a reflection of God the Father, that we speak of a second Person of the Trinity and call this second Person, the Son.  The love between Father and Son is so perfect that a third Person who is the bond of communion and love between Father and Son exists.  All are God.  We distinguish them, and yet these Three Persons in God are One.

This communion of Persons in God is the model of communion and community in creation.  At the heart of reality, there is communion and unity in diversity.  To tear at the communion of persons through prejudice, violence, or exclusion, or to maintain silence and inaction in the face of inequities that are structurally part of the status quo—especially when benefitting from that status quo—is to contradict the core of our faith in God.  Racism is a blasphemy especially against the Holy Spirit, the principle of unity and love within the Trinity.

Commentary on Lectionary Readings

Prayers
A Prayer of Confession by the Reverend Thomas Summers, UM Clergy  (retired)
Father’s Day Prayer for Racial Justice on Trinity Sunday by Father Sandy McDonald, Pastor, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Polo Road, Columbia

Sample Sermons
We’re All in the Same Boat Now  by the Reverend Rosalyn Coleman, Presiding Elder, Columbia District, African Methodist Episcopal Church, South Carolina

– Hope Will Not Disappoint Us by the Reverend Doctor Marion Aldridge, Writer and Published Author, Pastor, Speaker, Pastors’ Friend, Ecumenist,
Denominational Leading-Servant as Coordinator for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of SC (retired)

Lesson and Discussion for Older Teens and Adults
Writer: Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN

Suggested Music
Compiler: Catherine Combier-Donovan

Martyr Bishop Guerry: A Personal Connection by Sue Cavanaugh

2017 Resources

2018 Resources