racism

What Do These Stones Mean?

Guest Speaker:  Todd Allen
Sermon Title:  What Do These Stones Mean?
Scripture Reading:  Joshua 4:21-24

Dr. Todd Allen, an incoming prof at Messiah College, founded The Common Ground Project, a community based non-profit dedicated to promoting an understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.  For the past 16 years, in partnership with the PNC Foundation, Dr. Allen has led the “Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights” bus tour, an educational tour which visits many of the key southern sites of the Civil Rights Movement. Listen as Todd speaks to us about the struggle for justice that still continues to this day, in a message entitled, What Do These Stones Mean?

Worship Resources:
sermon slides
August 13 bulletin
responsive prayer for racial reconciliation
small group discussion questions

Christ, the Church & the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom (4 of 4)

Sermon Series: Christ, the Church & the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom
Sermon Title: A Look in the Mirror (4 of 4)
Scripture Reading: James 1:19-27

In response to the challenge that arises in James 1:19-27, Drew Hart, author and prof of Messiah College, will aid us in considering the ways that we as the Church in the United States have frequently failed to adequately be formed into disciples of Jesus capable of resisting deeply racialized lives.Drawing on the practicality found in the book of James, Hart will gesture us towards the Christian practice of self-examination and self-awareness before God and oneself as a needed spiritual practice to break from the church’s racialized legacy and past.

Worship Resources:
January 29 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Christ, the Church & the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom (3 of 4)

Sermon Series: Christ, the Church & the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom
Sermon Title: Who Is My Neighbor? (3 of 4)
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-37; John 4:1-26; Galatians 3:28

An expert in the law once asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus responded with a parable that challenged his Jewish audience to love and embrace the poor, the downtrodden, and even those who are despised. And Jesus did more than teach on the right way to think and feel about our neighbors, he showed us that we too should cross religious and ethnic boundaries for the sake of God’s reconciling love and the multi-ethnic Kingdom.

In Who Is My Neighbor? (3 of 4), Pastor David invites us to see at how Jesus' life and teachings show us that we should be intentional in our inclusion of outsiders, strangers, and minorities.

Worship Resources:
sermon slides
January 22 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Christ, the Church & the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom (1 of 4)

Sermon Series: Christ, the Church & the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom
Sermon Title: How Did We Get Here? (1 of 4)
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:10-14; Galatians 3:28

Why is there racism? What is the true definition of it? How has it affected us all? What is the church called to do about it? Where do we start?

In this message, Woody Dalton (Harrisburg BIC) helps us to understand what has happened in our society and culture that even the church has been racialized.

Worship Resources:
January 8 bulletin
small group discussion questions