Community Worship Night: Jan. 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Written by Warren Mayer

My office is immediately adjacent to Francis Quadrangle on the Mizzou campus. This past fall, I had a front-row seat to a lot of the racial tension and anger taking place at MU. I think it’s fair to say that, in many instances, there was far more heat than light being brought to bear.

Community Worship NightMuch of my own experience with racism was fueled by the fear and distrust that gripped all of Detroit, my hometown, in the wake of the 1968 riots. It turns out that the distance from Eight Mile to 14 Mile Road is a lot more than six ticks on the odometer.

Someone a lot wiser than myself once said, “I think it’s just obvious that we are all – every one of us – recovering racists…at best.” The first time I heard that, I was offended…and I let the other person know it. But denial is probably one of the most powerful strongholds for fear and distrust.

So I’m deeply grateful for all the hard work that Christ has done in my heart on this issue in the past 15 years. Like most people, I still have a lot of learning and growing to do, and so much of what is taking place around the issue of race is lamentable, sensationalized and foolish. As Christians, of course, we have already been given a preview of what eternity will look like in the words of the apostle John (below). It just seems like a no-brainer to me that we would begin to practice now what we know will be true for all time.

Sunday morning is often the most segregated time of the week – this ought not be so. This weekend, we have an opportunity to take a step toward changing that, as several churches here in Columbia – black and white – gather this Sunday evening to worship together.

Personally, I am very much looking forward to Community Worship Night this coming Sunday. It is my prayer that God will use this event to begin bringing about true, community-wide healing in our troubled times.

Revelation 7:9-12 (ESV)
“A Great Multitude from Every Nation”
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Community Worship Night at The Crossing
Sun., Jan. 24, 5 p.m.
Plan to join us for a city-wide unity service of black and white Christians in mid-Missouri. Our community is asking whether there is hope for racial unity. As Christians we know that, for genuine racial harmony to exist, it must start with us confessing that what we have in common in Christ is far more important than our differences. Childcare is available for infants-preschool.

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