The Human Race

Our society has a tendency to divide people according to race and culture. Yet, in the Bible, we are taught that God created all people; Christ died for all people; and the Holy Spirit is alive in all people. Nevertheless, there is a powerful temptation for human beings to create both racial and cultural barriers between one another. So, this August, we are going to study God’s relationship to humankind from the beginning of the Bible to the end. We will learn about the histories of various races and cultures in America. And we will celebrate God’s grace that is extended to people who are white, black, brown – and every color in between – while we explore the solidarity of The Human Race.

Between the Lines

  • Week 1 Genesis 1:26-31 White Experience and the Image of God
  • Week 2 Genesis 11:1-9 Native Experience and the Tower of Babel
  • Week 3 Acts 2:1-8 Black Experience and the Day of Pentecost
  • Week 4 Galatians 3:23-29 Hispanic Experience and the Love of God
  • Week 5 Revelation 7:9-12 Human Experience and All Tribes

#TheHUMANRace

God made all people, Jesus died for all people, and the Holy Spirit is alive in all people.

Homework

GO complete The Human Race Photo Challenge by visiting the following places – and take a selfie to prove you were there!

DO tell your story in the Historical Race and Culture Archive…then listen to the stories of others!

Contribute to the Historical Race and Culture Archive Project here.

WATCH The American Spirit Series of documentaries presented on Facebook weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.

  • Week 1: Boom & Bust (the prequel)
  • Week 2: Reservations
  • Week 3: Underground
  • Week 4: Walls

READ the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

PRAY for solidarity across lines of color and culture.

  • Week 1: The ability to listen to people who are white
  • Week 2: The ability to listen to people who are natives
  • Week 3: The ability to listen to people who are black
  • Week 4: The ability to listen to people who are Hispanic
  • Week 5: The ability to listen to all people

Nice Surprises

Followers of Jesus are called to serve. There are really no If’s, And’s or But’s about it. Jesus came into this world not to be served, but to serve. He used the gifts God gave him to preach, teach, heal, and build the kingdom. If we are to follow him, then we, too, will use our talents and abilities to serve. But how we serve varies from person to person. Some people are called to serve by devoting their lives to church leadership as clergy, while others are called to serve in a volunteer capacity. Likewise, there are different ways to serve. Service can be done by sending needed supplies to a hurting community…or by surprising someone in your house with an act of kindness.

For the last several months, I have been increasingly concerned that people in our culture are becoming less engaged in service. In fairness, some of the usual ways people serve have been unavailable due to the changes brought by COVID-19; however, it seems to me there are still many opportunities for people to serve, as long as we are proactive in looking for them. In a world hurting with sickness and division, it is a nice surprise to find chances to put a smile on someone else’s face.

This July, we are going to discover the surprising ways God calls us to serve: we will read Bible stories about the people Jesus invited to follow him in the book of Matthew; we will reflect on the unique gifts and abilities people have that can be used to serve our neighbors; and, we will encourage each other to reclaim and re-engage with Christ’s call for ALL of us to serve. So join us for worship while we lift up Nice Surprises.

One Month to Serve

Bible Readings
Week 1 Judges 6:11-18 The Call of Gideon
Week 2 Matthew 4:18-22 The Call of the First Disciples
Week 3 Matthew 9:9-13 The Call of Matthew
Week 4 Matthew 19:16-22 The Call of the Rich Young Man

#BEaHERO

Jesus came not to be served, but to serve.

Hero Photo Challenge: Hero shirts, selfies at serve events, your own nice surprises