All Nations Heritage Week
Every year churches across the Christian Reformed Church celebrate the multicultural church of Christ during All Nations Heritage Week. This year, the date falls on October 6, 2019. Join us in the celebration!
These resources are available in Spanish, Korean, and English.
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John 20:24-28 New International Version (NIV)
Our 2019 scripture is John 20: 24-28. In our current context many demand proof of racial injustices rather than receiving the stories of pain and suffering shared by those who bear racism's scars. Thomas needed evidence to counter his suspicion of Jesus' resurrection. In an era of Charlottesville, the rise of the alt-right, and the anxiety over white spaces, the Thomas text seems appropriate for these times.
Jesus Appears to Thomas
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Maybe you’re convinced that racism and diversity are Gospel issues, but haven’t heard many sermons about racism or God’s diverse and unified family before--or weren’t trained to trace these themes through the Bible. Here are some resources to support you, and we’re happy answer any questions you may have.
You can also check out our Resources page for more theological and worship resources.
In our world, bent under the weight of sin,
Christ gathers a new community...
Download the rest of the litany in English or Spanish.
Communion Resources for Celebrating Immigrants
We don’t have to look far to see the work of the reconciling Christ in our midst: immigrants bring the blessing of multicultural ministry to the doorsteps of many of our communities and congregations. We have partnered with the “Immigrants are a Blessing, Not a Burden” campaign of the CRC’s Office of Social Justice to offer worship materials for congregations who wish to highlight immigrants and refugees during their All Nations Heritage Sunday.
Particularly if your church observes World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday of October), you may find this litany and these suggested scripture passages helpful.
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