Welcome to d-church. Before the events of these last couple of weeks we had already chosen the theme for tonight as ‘Respect’.
Turn the volume up & have a listen to the iconic Aretha Franklin singing R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Remember the context of this song….1967 – the war in Vietnam was escalating, there were race riots, the civil rights movement of the 1950s & 1960s was beginning to fragment in response to government crackdowns & growing frustration, women were agitating for rights & recognition. In the midst of this comes a strong black woman demanding respect (“just a little bit”)
In many ways not much has changed since 1967….lot of troubles stem from an inherent lack of respect. Offer a prayer of lament as you think about the places and people where respect isn’t readily seen.
You have to give respect to get respect Check out this clip… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZRwJ0oHDDk
Respect – Poem by David Harris
If we can not respect another
How can we expect them to respect us
If we can not respect someone’s beliefs
How can we expect them to respect ours
If we can not respect another’s race
How can we expect that race to respect us
If we can not respect others
How can we expect respect in return
Everyone expects respect
No matter who they are
The only way to gain it
Is to start treating everyone
As a friend, a brother, a sister
As part of our extended family
No matter what colour or creed they are
Only then you will start to get
The respect you so dearly crave
As we ponder on the candle Offer your prayers with respect for all humanity
Check out this clip about Carter the basketball coach What do you think?
How might we follow this example…
Our closing blessing comes from Frog Orr-Ewing who prayed as the last fire engines left Grenfell Tower.
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