Sunday, October 19
The Lord’s Day
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Minute for Mission: Children’s Sabbath
The following is excerpted from a letter by Children’s Defense Fund president Marian Wright Edelman that accompanies the 2013 Children’s Sabbaths materials.
Dear Faithful Welcome to the 22nd annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths celebration, “Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty.” Your faithful preaching, teaching, service, and hard, urgent, and persistent work for justice are needed now more than ever to create a world in which children are safe from the pervasive violence of guns and poverty. . . .
. . . In 2010, a child or teen was killed by guns every three hours and fifteen minutes— that’s more than 21 lost lives every three days from gun homicides, suicides, and accidents. A child or youth was killed or injured by a gun every half hour. Between 1963 and 2010, an estimated 166,500 children and teens aged 0–19 lost their lives to gun violence. . . . Of these deaths, 62 percent were among White children and youths and 36 percent were among Black children and youths; 52 percent were homicides, 29 percent were suicides, and 16 percent were accidental deaths. . . .
. . . It’s time to say enough! The tragic, relentless taking of life by gun violence . . . will continue if you remain silent and do not act. The sacred texts, teachings, and traditions of our religious faiths call us not to harm others and point us to the way of nonviolence and the power of love and to protecting the poor and vulnerable. . . .
. . . In his 1959 “Sermon on Gandhi,” Dr. King wrote: “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.” My hope and prayer is that through the 22nd National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths weekend . . . we will move one step closer to becoming the beloved community.
Let us pray
God of grace and justice, may we empower our families and children with the means to stand up together for economic security and physical safety as we seek to become the beloved community. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
“Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”
“I Sing the Mighty Power of God”
HB 84, PH 288
1 Thess. 1:1–10
“O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”
HB 304, PH 357
“Take My Life”
HB 310, PH 391