Privilege in Action [Series] Accept Your Privilege Once you have a basic grasp on the system of privilege, the next step is one simple self-realization:
For being so proud, so smart, so able That we forget how to be humble, how to learn, and how to seek help; For being so smug, so anxious, so mean That we forget we are not always right, or in control, or good; For being less than what you created us to be: Forgive us, and make us whole.
We would be different — less judging, less selfish, less greedy; more hopeful, more graceful, more trusting. We would be different, if you would come into our hearts and cleanse them; if you would open our hands and direct them; if you would move our minds and feet to follow you.
We will be different, if you will change us, and remake us, again, in your image. Thanks be to God for this gift! This week our children are leading in worship, and the liturgy was written with younger voices in mind. God knows that, and wants to help us make things right.
We start by telling God the whole truth. Let us now pray to God about those things. Sometimes I hurt someone else because I am angry or mean.
Dear God, sometimes I try hard to be kind and thoughtful. Help me to live that way. Dear God, thank you for the gift of forgiveness. We lay that burden down at the feet of the One who calls all of us to a life of forgiveness and repentance.
Trusting in the mercy and love of our God, let us pray, first in silence. Forgive us for the wrong we know we have done: Our neglect of the vulnerable; our misuse of your gifts; our hoarding of things we are called to share.
Forgives us for the good we have failed to do: Offering grace to the imperfect; forgiving those who have hurt us; seeing the good that surrounds us.
Turn us away from that which harms, and turn us to you, the One who heals. To be participate in the prayer of confession is to admit the truth that all is not right, and that we need God to make it right.
We are not right with you or with each other. Anger and fear and disappointment rest uneasily in our hearts. It is hard to trust and it is even harder to forgive.
Help us to turn to you to find the strength we need. Help us to look to the example of Jesus to see how to love.
Help us look deep within ourselves for our own fault. We pray for your forgiveness, and we pray to be forgiven. And we try to fix it. And we cause it — sometimes. Take away the source of the pain, we pray: The source that is evil, The source that is hatred, The source that is pride, The source that is ignorance, The source that is apathy.
Forgive us our part in the pain of the world.Prejudice is an attitude essentially that can be either positive or negative judgments.
More than likely the prejudice someone is faced with is negative. Being that it is an attitude you also have to know about the ABC’s of attitudes. It’s hard when people leave a church.
It’s hard to leave. It’s hard being left. Most who leave don’t make that decision lightly. They deal with some serious pain when they finally make the decision to go.
• All types of people. Any and every type of person can be gay. As the American Psychological Association notes, gay people “are of all ages, cultural backgrounds, races, religions, and nationalities.”.
They grow up in all types of homes with all types of families.
They come from all socioeconomic backgrounds and work in every type of occupation. CALL TO CONFESSION It is in our confession where we realize our desire for God and our hope for God’s mercy. It is in admitting the truth of our lives that we . Is the Seventh Day Adventist Church a Cult? Is the Seventh Day Adventist church a cult?
This is a hard question to answer but I will say this; there is a very real segment of that church that is very destructive and oppressive.I will present to you why I believe the church is destructive and oppressive, and let you make your choice on this question, as the term “cult” is problematic.
Glossary Many of the words used throughout these web pages are briefly defined here. Many are linked to web pages discussing the concept in depth.