From our worship invitation: “Your voice comes to us in faithful surround sound”. That phrase fits so well with what followed in the service, The Lord’s prayer. The prayer is spoken by all of us in our first language, so we are surrounded by voices being lifted to God, each with it’s own cadence, it’s own pitch, it’s own murmur. What a special way to be connected.
Of note: The United States UMC has a membership of 7,679,850, the Western jurisdiction 365,990. Africa has a membership of 4,191, 108, Central and Southern Europe 16,162. Large and small, we are truly a part of a world - wide movement. I am reminded daily of our Methodist roots, and that reminder comes from many new in the faith.
And quotes from the Worship Service: An Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
From Bishop Tutu of Angola ” When the missionaries
came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘let us
pray’. When we opened our eyes we had the Bible and they had the land. “
From George Tinker, Osage, a quote from Twitter that came after the
worship service was announced: ” It’s really too bad we killed all those
Indians and stole their land, but look, we brought them Christ” !
From Chief Joseph: ” We do not want your churches because they teach us
to quarrel about God.”
And that just about says it all……Diana