Mine Eyes Have Seen the Savior

VII - Challenges For Leadership in the New Millennium
June 3, 2003

Opening Prayer

Leader Let us pray.
All Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Read Matthew 5:17-20

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Discussion questions

1) How does the sin of racism affect the life of the wider Church?

2) How does knowing the history of Black ministry help the Church to discern its need for growth and change?

3) Where are the areas where you think that the Episcopal Church has made progress in its efforts to address and eradicate racism? Where are the areas where it needs further growth?

4) How many different groups did you see represented within the Black Episcopal community today? How are their contributions now enriching the life of the Church?

5) What are the challenges facing Black ministries in the Episcopal Church in the 21st century?

6) How can the Episcopal Church recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black ministries in our diverse and global church?

Closing Prayers

Leader Let us pray.
All (The Lord’s Prayer)

Leader The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word, and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Leader The Peace of the Lord be with you.
People And also with you.