Sunday, January 17
The Lord’s Day
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Minute for Mission:
Race Relations Sunday
This is a challenging time, but it is also a great moment of opportunity for our church, as we see more racial ethnic and new immigrant ministries. Over 50 percent of the new worshiping communities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are racial ethnic and new immigrant congregations. Yet, we cannot do the work of becoming God’s intercultural community without facing the sin of racism. The system of institutional racism is so pervasive that it continues to impact the ability of people of color to fully live out their calls in the church.
Presbyterians of different races and cultures from across the church are participating in Race Relations Sunday today and joining the Speak Antiracism movement to recommit themselves, their congregations, and their communities to racial justice and the faithful proclamation that the lives of people of color matter (pcusa.org/speakantiracism; Twitter @SpeakAntiracism, using #SpeakAntiracism). Race Relations Sunday is a reminder for those of us in the church to rededicate ourselves to end racism and recommit ourselves to ministries of justice (see pcusa.org/racialjustice). Our ultimate goal is to follow Christ, to have the strength to love, and to build the intercultural community of God.
Rhashell Hunter, Director of Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
O God, we were anointed at our baptisms and a new humanity was created, where all are one in Christ Jesus. So reaffirm our baptisms as the covenant community of God, of every race and people, created equally in God’s image and anointed to God’s service.