One:   Through the choking haze of tear gas, through the endless soundbytes of miseducation and misrepresentation, still the struggle for justice, for full humanity, and for the beloved community continues, for Christ is risen!

Many: Christ is risen indeed!

One:   Amid the cries of Rachel, weeping for her children (for they are no more) there is one who continues to #saytheirnames, continues to cry out that their #Blacklivesmatter, and continues to proclaim that each one of them is precious in the sight of God, for Christ is risen!

Many: Christ is risen indeed!

One:    As the world drifts back to sleep, turning its eyes from the latest chalk outline on the pavement to the latest TV talk show, there is one who still whispers, “#Staywoke, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”  Even now, resurrected hope is rising among the people, from Ferguson to Baltimore, from Cleveland to New York City, from North Charleston to Waller County, Texas, for Christ is risen!

Many: Christ is risen indeed!

One:    There is no lynching tree, no extrajudicial execution, no jail cell, no prison pipeline, no hate speech, or character assassination, or rubber bullet that can wield ultimate power over the bodies, minds, and hearts of the people of God, for this we know: Christ is risen!

Many: Christ is risen indeed!

One:   Let us share the peace of Christ with one another, saying “Christ is risen!” “Christ is risen indeed.”

 

 

This call to worship was written for Eden Theological Seminary’s 2016 Spring Convocation, March 29, 2016.  The theme was “Forward from Ferguson.”  Eden is located 12 miles from Ferguson, MO.

Photo credit: People’s World

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