August 24 - November 2, 2008

We believe this worship series follows logically from our two previous series dealing with “The Story” and “The Truth.” First we identified with characters from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the stories of Jesus, seeing ourselves as an integral part of the over-arching narrative of the Creator; then we examined truth from all across the expanse of history to discover what it really means to be set free by Truth. Now we must act.

Love is the response to the human condition and the divine grace we’ve been given. The question is, what does this love look like in our world? As a guide for our exploration of that query over the next few months, we will use the 1963 pledge from the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. This branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference established 10 commandments for responding to the civil rights issues of segregated eating facilities and bus riding protocol. We will examine each of these statements (which sound a whole lot like Jesus) to see what they can teach us about living lives of intentional love, compassion and justice in our 21st century world.

 

Love Takes a Stand

1. MEDITATE daily on the teachings and life of Jesus

2. REMEMBER always that the nonviolent movement in Birmingham seeks justice and reconciliation--not victory

3. WALK and TALK in the manner of love, for God is Love

4. PRAY daily to be used by God in order that all men and women might be free

5. SACRIFICE personal wishes in order that all men and women might be free

6. OBSERVE with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy

7. SEEK to perform regular service for others and for the world

8. REFRAIN from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart

9. STRIVE to be in good spiritual and bodily health

10. FOLLOW the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration