January 13, 2018
Royal Lane Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. Learn More »
Thanks to Jobs with Justice for the majority of these resources.
Blessing Work: A Litany for Labor Day (from BPFNA)
Wage Wage theft is not just an economic issue - it's a moral issue: A litany for labor justice (from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference)
One: We come to worship a God whom we have experienced as compassion.
All: We have grown to trust this God in both the joyful and hard places of life.
One: We come to worship and know that something is required of us, that we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
All: We come accepting both the compassion and call to a higher righteousness.
One: We come on this day to remember that "Work Matters to God," "Workers Matter to God," and "Wages Matter to God."(1)
All: We come to sing, pray, hear the spoken word and encounter the Living Word that we might be shaped by all that matters to our Creator God.
(1) Taken from sermon series preached by The Reverend Keith Stewart of Spring Creek Church in Garland, TX.
One: It's time to put away smugness, clichés, and worn out self-serving political sound bites. It is time to get honest before God.
We find ourselves talking about fairness at the office with students in the classroom, at family gatherings, and at other social engagements.
We confess that our focus is usually upon what is fair for us. The injustice we want to have corrected is one which we perceive pertains to us.
We hardly give thought to or feel concerned about the many simple injustices we choose not to see as we go about our business.
We fail to think about those sanitation workers coming down our alleys in the early morning hours or their welfare. We don't want to know that they are mere products of outsourcing by our local governments -- ones who work hard jobs for minimal wage without benefit or even worker's compensation.
We stand at the fast food counter and order foods processed by someone living on the margins of society, paid little and threatened often to work harder. We face the employee with whom we place our order and see them not as children of God deserving dignity and justice in the workplace, rather we choose not to fully see them at all.
We've come to accept injustice and unfairness as a norm with which we can live.
Forgive us, O God, for we have settled for a system that does not reflect what you intend in your realm. We settle for talking heads who justify our ways of doing business, political lackeys whose values are mostly unexamined lest it impact their ambitions, and sadly, we settle for what is convenient to us.
Reshape us and give us a burning within so that simply "settling" will no longer rule our hearts and lives.
Let it be, O Holy One, please let it be.
One: What has been in the past does not have to define the future. God's grace can transform you, will transform you. Receive this good news and move in a new direction.
One: The witness of the holy writ is clear; to whom much is given, much is required. Let this truth settle upon us as a deeply held desire to love one another as God has loved us.
We commit ourselves and these offerings unto you, O God of grace and God of glory, that your will and ways may be manifested in our lives, within your assemblies, and spread forth that the powers that be might serve your purposes.
Now as you go from this place, go to fulfill God's purposes that all may know of God's love, and that by seeking justice and mercy for all of God's people within our homes, neighborhoods, communities, cities, and nations, God's realm will be seen, known, and experienced now and throughout the ages.