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Unity Service-A Time to Heal-Sept. 27

The evening was full of song, prayer and reflection.

The evening was full of song, prayer and reflection.

At a time when our country seems more divided than ever, we believe it would be helpful to ask for God’s help in healing our nation and our community. A special unity service was conducted by Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal, Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and Paine College at Church of the Resurrection Tuesday night.

It was a night of song, prayer and self-reflection.

Order of the service:

Full length audio of the service
Muscial Prelude:

Gathering Songs:
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

Welcome/Greeting/Purpose:
Reverend Larry Fryer and Pastor David Hunter

Prayers of Lament and Supplication:
Imam Jamal Daoudi

Hymn:
There Is a Balm in Gilead

Prayer of the Day:
Reverend Fryer

Scripture – Isaiah 40:6-11, Ephesians 4:25-5:2:
Reverend Herman Mason

Anthem:
They’ll Know We are Christians By Our Love
Joint choir from the 3 churches conducted by Dr. Ann Poole and Sandra Pritchard

The congregation joined the choir in singing the refrain
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Gospel – Matthew 5:1-12:
Pastor Paulwyn Boliek
Audio of second half of the service starting at this point
Words by Community Leaders:
Dr. Beulah Teachy
Brad Means
Dr. Samuel Sullivan

Anthem:
Unity
Joint choir from the 3 churches conducted by Dr. Ann Poole and Sandra Pritchard

The congregation joined the choir in singing the refrain
Unity, unity,
Lord, we pray for unity.

Prayers of Intercession:

Rev. Fryer and Pastor Hunter spoke these words of Intercession. At the end of each the congregation sung the hymn “Lord, Listen to your children praying ”

Rev. Fryer:  Lord Jesus, you have taught us to care when others are apt to be careless, and to
love even our enemies. How can we care deeply Lord in the midst of tragic
deaths and personal pain unless we wonder how we would feel if the experience
were ours? Give us the faith and courage to see you in ministering to those who
suffer. We ask you to grant our country’s leaders wisdom to make rightly the
great decisions that must be made, and to help us see your spirit guiding them.
Lord, listen …

Pastor Hunter:  Lord, you have taught us not only to pray for those who are different than us,
but to love them. We therefore ask you to care for their needs. We know and
admit, Lord, that they are your children, too – part of our family. Forgive us our
unwillingness to see our brother or sister in those who oppose us. And if the
pain of such an understanding is great, may it be a healing pain. Lord, listen …
Rev. Fryer: Lord, you have given us the gift of life in a wonderful world. And sometimes life
is easy. The whole world seems to sing and we look around and see all your
people and our hearts smile. But it isn’t always easy. When words said or unsaid
mean so much more, where needs cry out and hurts go deep, and life gets all
tangled up. Lord Jesus, help us to see clearly when nothing is clear, to speak in
love when feeling unloved, and to have the wisdom and patience to speak the
right words at the right time. Lord, listen ….

Pastor Hunter: Christ, teach us the ways of peace! Calm our angry hearts and grant to all people
and leaders unending patience in the search for justice and peace. Teach us and all
people to be ready to give up some of our comforts and power and pride so that
hurt and pain and anger and division will leave our land and we may work for
you in peace. Lord, listen …

Rev. Fryer: Finally, Lord Jesus, we know we are prejudiced -even prejudiced against
prejudice – and we need to trust you more, for this earth is yours and the object
of your affection. Make this earth and our nation for us what it is for you – a
land to care for; people to love; a place to sacrifice and rejoice. As we pledge our
love to you, help us to also give it to our neighbors, all of them. Lord, listen …

Lastly, loving and merciful God, we pray together the prayer attributed to Saint
Francis:
The congregation: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow
love; where the is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there
is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be
consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to
love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are
pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Lord, listen …

Lord’s Prayer:
Reverend Christopher Weems

Benediction:
Reverend Christopher Weems

Sending Song:
Blest Be the Tie that Binds