Readiness to Serve – Color: Black
The theme for this year is Living Life to the Fullest. We have explored this theme in bible studies, sermons, and ministry activities by investigating the notion of life during our Per Ankh series (January), African American history (February), Afrikan Women’s history (March), the Covid-19 pandemic (March-April), and the parenthood of the Creator (May-June). Two brilliantly written and performed plays, written by Dr. Shirlene Holmes (Deacon), illumined both our collective and historic struggles as a people, and our resilency and abilities to endure and overcome every conceivable obstacle as a people. Each of these study and sermon series to date, have endeavored to situate Nzambi a Mpungu (Congolese name for God) in the center of the reflection on what it means to live life to the fullest.
As we move into the season of Transformation, Induction/Celebration which is colored Black, it is essential that we raise the question of justice from a biblical and theological perspective, and ask where is our God? Why is the question of justice essential?
Afrikan people constitute just thirteen percent (13%) of the North American population and forty percent (40%) of those contracting the Covid-19 virus. In truth Afrikan Americans are just as strong (I would even say stronger) as all other peoples in the country. But there is a gross and racial disparity in access to health care, healthy food and water sources, good housing, jobs and educational opportunities.
In addition, the pandemic of deadly police violence against Afrikan American people has been brought to the fore by the murders of Ahmad Aberry, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd (just to name a few). And while racially diverse protest marches and hard-headed community organizing by Black Lives Matter and other justice oriented institutions are getting traction and realizing gains, Afrikan people are neither safe nor saved.
We are collectively in a protracted war with our historic oppressors who lack the moral and spiritual will and capacity to regard the humanity of Afrikan peoples. The protests, marches and movements currently underway are vital. Nevertheless, Nzambi a Mpungu is the only force capable of transforming the human heart and mind. And Nzambi a Mpungu is the only power who can transform Afrikan peoples in ways that portend toward a collective love of self, collective self-determination, and collective collaboration and cooperation to achieve liberty and justice for all.
We must therefore turn, with our hearts and minds, toward Nzambi a Mpungu the deity of Afrikan peoples who is above and in and through all that exists for justice. We must call and in faith expect answers. And we must continue to struggle, to fight, and to move in righteousness/justice together.
Ultimately Nzambi a Mpungu’s justice/righteousness is embodied and manifested in and through human beings. In this new season, which is imaged Black, we will (through our study and sermon series) recognize the Creator as the Nzambi a Mpungu, the deity, of the oppressed who constantly calls us all to align ourselves with the divine imperative to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).
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Biblical Texts and Sermon Titles
July 5, 2020
Topic: What Does the LORD Require?
Biblical Text: Micah 6:6-8
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Topic: A Word for White Amerikkka and Those Who Love, Emulate and Try to Please Them
Biblical Text: Amos 5:18-24
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Topic: Good Religion
Biblical Text: Isaiah 1:12-17
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Topic: God of the Oppressed
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Topic: Jesus, Justice and the Spirit of God
Biblical Text: Matthew 12:15-21
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Topic: God Brings Justice
Biblical Text: Luke 18:1-8
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Topic: Treat Your Neighbor Right
Biblical Text: Leviticus 19:13-16
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Topic: God Loves Righteousness and Justice
Biblical Text: Psalm 33:1-5
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Topic: A God of Justice
Biblical Text: Isaiah 30:18-19