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The Resistance Prays

October 5, 2018
By Rev. Erin Spengeman Hutchison

Today's Top Story

Via USA Today: "Energized Kavanaugh protesters put swing vote lawmakers on notice." 

  • “Protesters at the rally in D.C., one of several across the nation Thursday, were diverse: people of all races and ages, from grandmothers to children in strollers. The majority were women, but there were plenty of men. Many chanted 'We believe survivors!' and 'Whose court? Our court!' as one man pounded a drum in rhythm with the chants."
  • "Capitol Police said a total of 302 were arrested and charged with unlawfully demonstrating, 293 of them in the atrium and the rest in the fourth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.”

 
Scripture 

Show that I am right, Lord!
I stay true to myself,
and I have trusted you
 without doubting.
Test my thoughts and find out
   what I am like.
I never forget your kindness,
   and I am always faithful to you.
I don’t spend my time with worthless liars
    or go with evil crowds.

 Don’t sweep me away,
    as you do sinners.
Don’t punish me with death
as you do those people
    who are brutal
     or full of meanness
    or who bribe others.
I stay true to myself.
    Be kind and rescue me.
Now I stand on solid ground!
And when your people meet,
  I will praise you, Lord.

- Psalm 26:1-5, 9-12

Your People Meet Together
  • Protestors, sexual assault survivors and advocates continue to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault, to the lifetime appointment of U.S. Supreme Court Judge. Kavanaugh’s record shows that he would pose a long-lasting threat to women’s healthcare and religious liberty, will stand aligned with the interests of the NRA, and has offered that a sitting President could be exempted from criminal investigation and prosecution.
  • This Sunday’s Lectionary text calls us to stand on solid ground! To be faithful in banding together to fight injustice. To be confident in pursuing the ways of God—God is merciful, kind, just, and sweeps away sinners to stand alongside survivors.
  • In his book Why We Can’t Wait, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assures us that “In the nonviolent army, there is room for everyone who wants to join up…nonviolent soldiers are called upon to examine and burnish their greatest weapons—their heart, their conscience, their courage and their sense of justice.”
Act
The vote to confirm Kavanaugh is happening before 3pm today. Call these senators and tell them to stop Kavanaugh: 
 
Susan Collins (202)224-2523
Joe Manchin (202) 224-3954
Pray

And the table
will be wide.
And the welcome
will be wide.

And we will open our hands
to the feast
without shame.
And we will turn
toward each other
without fear.
And we will give up
our appetite
for despair.

And we will become bread
for a hungering world.
And will become drink
for those who thirst.
And the blessed
will become the blessing.
And everywhere
will be the feast.

Amen. 

(from “And the Table Will Be Wide” by Jan Richardson)

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