Sunday Worship Service

God: The Parent
Summer 2020 Sermon & Study Series

Rationale for the Series:

The Imani Rhythms Liturgical Calendar (Link) provides we, the members and leaders of First Afrikan Church a way of marking time. It guides us in our thinking about who we are as persons and people born of the Creator, it teaches how we govern ourselves in relation to one another, and how we honor our ancestors.

Each year, during the months of April, May and June we consider the meaning and purpose of life, govern ourselves in ways that honor our Creator, one another and our ancestors (sanctification) and, focus our energies on building and maintaining our communities, institutions, and organizations together (multi-dimensionality). It is hoped that through the annual practice of the principles embedded in the liturgical calendar, we will internalize theme. When that happens, those principles will become second nature and a beloved community will be born.

The theme, God: The Parent comes during the time of a fear-inducing, death-dealing, global pandemic called COVID-19. As millions of people are getting sick and thousands are dying, it is relatively easy to lose sight of the fact that Nzambi a Mpungu (Congolese for High God or God Most High) actually has all power – even the power of life and death; that Neith (Kemetic/Egyptian for the Divine feminine creator, healer and sovereign) actually has the power to heal and to deliver; and that Masala (Nuba, Southern Sudan) is the Great Mother of all people who cares for, provides for  and protects all of her children.

As we will see during this study and sermon series, the idea of God as parent is as evident in Afrikan traditional cosmology as it is in the bible. As Spirit, God is a non-gendered Being. Even though the masculine pronoun is most frequently used to refer to God in scripture, biblical writers also use non-gendered and feminine images to describe God’s essential nature and character.

God the Parent is a caring, nurturing, providing, protecting, and sustaining presence who never leaves or forsakes us. God is with us in all of life’s experiences – joy, pain, sickness, health, peace, trouble, good times, life and death. We are never, ever alone.

Be encouraged.      

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Biblical Texts and Sermon Titles

God the Heavenly Mother

Sunday, May 10, 2020 – Mother’s Day

Text: Isaiah 49:13-18

God the Caregiver

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Text: 1 Peter 5:6-11

God the Provider (YHWH Jireh)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Text: Genesis 22:8-14

God the Protector (El Shaddai)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Text: Habakkuk 3:1-16

God is Present (YHWH Shammah)

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Text: Ezekiel 48:30-35

God is my Banner (YHWH Nissi)

Sunday, June 14, 2020  – Juneteenth

Text: Exodus 17:15

God the Father of Us All (Abba)

Sunday, June 21, 2020 – Father’s Day

Text: Matthew 6:9-13

YHWH the Sanctifier

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Text: Exodus 31:12-17