When you arrive for worship on Sunday, you’ll be greeted with an unusual scene – our worship space decked out in shades of yellows, and lemons and fans. The fans are a tribute to the fans carried and hats worn by women in the black church. And the lemons tie to our musical artist for the day, Beyoncé, and her message of strength and power for women, in particular black women.
I imagine some of you reading this are thinking, “Beyoncé? Holy cow, amazing!” And others are thinking, “Beyoncé? How is she relevant to me?” Some of you may even be thinking, “Beyoncé Who?”
Beyoncé is the best selling musical artist of the 2000s and arguably the most culturally relevant artist of our time. The lemons pay tribute to her album, Lemonade, a stunning visual album. You can watch/listen to the first tract, All Night, as she explains the album’s title, referring to the long tradition of black women being forced to turn lemons into lemonade.
Our service is influenced by Womanist Theology, which reflects upon black women’s place in God’s world as humans made in God’s own image, and dappled with African Spirituals (some sung at Queen Bey’s epic Homecoming performance and tribute to Historically Black Colleges and Universities).
We will hear the stories of marginalized women from scripture, women from Jesus’ own family tree. Our Brief Statement of Faith says that “God makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community.” Join us as we reflect back on what that has looked like through biblical history and imagine what that looks like if we embrace it as part of our own story.
- Scripture: Matthew 1:1-16
- Sermon: “All the Single Ladies (and Married Ones Too)”
Thank you to Vivian Hodo, Lauren Merceron, Katie Vigilante, and David Vigilante, who will help bring God’s story to life.
Please plan to stick around after worship as we celebrate Cecile Hooks’ 90th Birthday.
It is sure to be a day filled with joy, and I can’t wait to share it with you,