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Dear Friends,

 

We celebrate the incredible growth of our global movement, as we approach the 49th anniversary of MCC’s humble beginnings, when 12 people gathered in Rev. Elder Troy Perry’s home on 6 October 1968. MCC has inspired countless people of great diversity – language, ethnicity, gender, orientation, geography – to join this movement and journey together for spiritual renewal, transforming ourselves as we transform the world.

 

Become a Pacesetter!

Churches, Emerging Ministries, Oasis Groups
are all invited to join!

 

Anniversary Sunday donations will fund programming to equip local churches for vital anti-racism work, addressing white supremacy and racism locally and globally. As we live into our calling, it is vital to provide MCC churches and leaders worldwide with resources that can be adapted to the local context. These resources will enable us to grow healthy and vibrant communities of inclusion that demonstrate love as our greatest moral value as an international denomination.

 

Sign up today by sending an email to 
anniversarysunday@mccchurch.net

 

We also want to apologize that this letter has arrived to you so late. MCC staff were in the direct path of Hurricane Irma near the time we would have been working on Anniversary Sunday material. However, it’s been inspiring that we have received requests for Anniversary Sunday promotional information. This expresses a clear and deep desire to support the ongoing ministry of our denomination, and for that, we are grateful.

 

Sign up today. Encourage churches in your Network to sign up. One extra offering on one Sunday in October will make a difference and may forever change lives.

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ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY


Celebrating 49 Years
by Highlighting MCC’s Core Values

Anniversary Sunday material generously shared
by Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, Pastor, MCC Tampa, Florida, USA MCC Governing Board

1 October 2017
WEEK 1: “WHO ARE WE?” (CORE VALUE- INCLUSION)
World Communion Sunday

Core value: Inclusion
Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be conduits of faith where everyone is included in the family of God and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God’s table.

World Communion Sunday Call to Worship:

One: Throughout God’s world this day, Christian churches are celebrating Communion as one family.

Many: Our sisters and brothers in Africa, Europe, South America, Asia and in all lands and countries
join us in lifting the bread of life and the cup of salvation.

One: In Christ’s love there is no East, no West, no North, no South, but only one Spirit of hope, love, and
peace for all.

Many: Praise be to Christ our Savior! Amen.

Galatians 3:23-29

23 Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

From Outing the Bible by Rev. Elder. Dr. Nancy Wilson
[Nancy Wilson, Outing the Bible: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Christian Scriptures (Indiana: LifeJourney Press, 2013), 142.]

We gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people need to see ourselves and be seen as fully human, neither angels nor demons. I remember when we asked the World Council of Churches on behalf of MCC to consider including gay and lesbian people (who are executed and tortured in many countries just for being suspected of being gay) in their human rights agenda. We weren’t asking them to support civil rights for gays and lesbians, or to offer some kind of religious validation. We just sought human rights: meaning the right not to be imprisoned, tortured, exiled, or murdered simply for being homosexual. When they hesitated, hemming and hawing, whining that this was “bad timing” for the World Council of Churches (never mind the “bad timing” for those being abused and murdered!), I realized the depth of the problem once again: they’re not sure we’re human! Human rights seemed to them to be an unreasonable request at this time. It made me remember that many people still see us as a “behavior: or an “issue” to debate, not as beings in need of safety or inclusion; Talking about human rights and gay and lesbian people in the same sentence was difficult for them to tolerate.

The humanity of “others” is foundational for understanding the essential obligation of hospitality in ancient nomadic desert cultures. In biblical times, if you traveled anywhere in the Near East, you had to depend on the kindness of strangers and acquaintances alike. You had to treat the sojourner well because you might need to depend on someone yourself in the future. There was a common appreciation of the true vulnerability, the fragility of life in a desert climate. It was not a moral choice to be inhospitable. To do so was to violate the deepest commitment to being human and in community.

Communion Liturgy for International Association of Women Ministers, Matanzas Seminary, Cuba By Loren Mcgrail On May 04, 2017

God of our grandmothers and mothers—
Of Eve and Sarah and Hagar,
Miriam and Hanna, Shiphah and Puah,
Judith and the Syrophoneican woman,
Mary and Martha, Mary of Magdala
And Mother Mary.
We come to your open and expanding table
in this season of ripe papayas
and leave taking to celebrate the life
You have given us—
to remember your sacrifice.
You call us to cry out and lament
but also to sing and dance
to put on our aprons and serve You,
to sit down and be served.
Jesus, we come to this table
broken and beautiful
just as we are—-
young and older.
We come to drink from the cup of blessing
to eat from the bread of life.
Spirit of the living God
bless this bread
so that it may nourish us
to be your hands and feet.
Bless this wine
so that it may fill us
with your compassion.

Words of Institution
The table is set.
All is prepared.
Come as you are.
All are welcome to the banquet of life.
God of today and tomorrow
we live between memory and hope
for your kin-dom come
on earth as it is in heaven.
We go forth now
full and ready
to do your work
in faith and love.

 

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ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY


2017 Anniversary Sunday Worship Guide

 

Download the full Anniversary Sunday Guide as a Word document or pdf. It includes weekly material about MCC’s Core Values:

 

INCLUSION: Who are we?
COMMUNITY: Where do we come from?
SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION: What are we learning?
JUSTICE: Where are we going?

Let us know that your church will become a PACESETTER and take a second offering in October to support MCC’s Anniversary Sunday.
AnniversarySunday@MCCchurch.net



Email AnniversarySunday@MCCchurch.net
if you have difficulties download the documents
or if you prefer to receive them in an email.

 

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ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY