Mine Eyes Have Seen the Savior

VI - Black Women; Ethnic Leaders
June 3, 2003

Opening Prayer
Leader Let us pray.

All Sweet God, you are manifested in the birth of Mother Earth, grant us continued grace to honor the voices of creation in Black and ethnic women. Thank you for instilling in the blessed mother Mary, an ethnic woman, a prophetic womb that bore the salvation of humankind, Jesus Christ. Let the prophetic voices of Black and ethnic women transform your people. All this we ask in the name of the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Read Luke 10:1-12

After this the Lord appointed seventy F99 others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, "Peace to this house!' And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, "The kingdom of God has come near to you.' But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, "Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.' I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.

Discussion questions

1) What is the “welcome table” of which Bishop Martin speaks?

2) To date, there have been Black candidates for Presiding Bishop twice. Who were the candidates, and how did they fare in the elections?

3) How has the struggle of Black Episcopalians served as an example for other groups in the Church who wanted greater influence?

4) Who is Pauli Murray and why is she remembered?

5) How would you describe the way that Bishop Barbara Harris was welcomed to her first House of Bishops meeting?

6) What prompted the formation of the Black Women’s Task Force?

Closing Prayers

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

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

All We give thanks to you, O Lord our God, for all your servants and witnesses of time past: for Abraham, the father of believers and Sarah his wife; for Moses, the lawgiver, and Aaron, the priest; for Miriam and Joshua, Deborah and Gideon, and Samuel with Hannah his mother; for Isaiah and all the prophets; for Mary, the mother of our Lord; for Peter and Paul and all the apostles; for Mary and Martha, and Mary Magdalene; for Stephen, the first martyr, and all the martyrs and saints in every age and in every land. In your mercy, O Lord our God, give us, as you gave to them, the hope of salvation and the promise of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the first-born of many from the dead. Amen.

Leader Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. (Alleluia, Alleluia)
People Thanks be to God. (Alleluia, Alleluia)