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Each service relies both on scripture and on the African American life expectancy,

traditions, and history. The selected scriptures include a Hebrew Bible

or Old Testament reading, a Psalm, Gospel, and an Epistle

 

 

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15 Complete Worship Services

By Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan

 

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By blending the traditional statements of the worship service with African American culture, Kirk-Duggan once again provides a practical resource for planning more of the special Sundays that congregations celebrate throughout the year. Contains 15 services for special occasions, including Pastor's Day; Men's Day; Women's Day; Mother's Day; Father's Day; Kwanzaa; M.L. King, Jr. Day; Watch Night; Usher's Day; Homecoming/Family Reunion; Deacon's/Steward's Day; Deaconess'/Stewardess' Day; Youth Rite of Passage; Board of Christian Education; and Women's Missionary Society Day.--Book cover

 

Each service relies both on scripture and on the African American life expectancy, traditions, and history. The selected scriptures include a Hebrew Bible or Old Testament reading, a Psalm, Gospel, and an Epistle, with a focus on worship or service, love, trust or commitment, empowerment and transformation, as well as God's gifts to us.

Where possible, I use African American persons to illustrate an attitude or commitment. These services bring together the powerful ritual and liturgical drama of the worship experience and our heritage that emerges from the African diaspora, and are tools to instill self and communal esteem and inspiration for religious, spiritual, health, and general educational purposes.

Most of the prayers and others statements provide spaces to insert the names of the church, statements and prayers are to be tailored for your own church ceremony by including the names of honorees, the congregation, the community, or of helpful members where appropriate.--Introduction

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments

vii

Introduction

1

1. Our Family at Homecoming and Reunion

5

2. A Day to Honor Our Mothers

13

3. A Day to Honor Our Fathers

21

4. A Day for Renewing Women

28

5. A Day for Renewing Men

35

6. Youth Rite of Passage Day

43

7. An Appreciation Day for the Pastor

51

8. Deacons and Stewards Day

58

9. Deaconesses and Stewardesses' Day

65

10. Women's Missionary Society Day

72

11. Board of Christian Education Day

80

12. Ushers' Day

88

13. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

96

14. Watch Night

104

15. Kwanzaa

111

Appendix: Original African American Special Days

120

   
Source: More African American Special Days Abingdon Press, 2005  

Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan is Director of the Center for Women and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and Assistant Professor of Theology and Womanist Studies. She is author of Refiner's Fire: A Religious Engagement with Violence (Fortress Press, 2000), Exorcizing Evil: A Womanist Perspective on the Spirituals (1997), and African American Special Days: 15 Complete Worship Services (1996). She is ordained in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. 

http://www.gtu.edu/faculty_directory.php?fid=88

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