Citywide worship service to promote racial reconciliation

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From what the Bible records of Jesus’ parting words to his disciples just before he was taken captive to be crucified, a “new commandment” is included: “As I have loved you, so you must love yourselves each other”.

“By this,” he continued, “all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

The spirit of the fellowship recorded in John 13 is exactly what two Tulsa-area church associations invite faith-seeking residents of the city to remember and reflect on at the 29th annual Tulsa Together event this Sunday.

The citywide worship service, sponsored and organized by the Christian Ministers Alliance and the Tulsa Metro Baptist Network, aims to promote racial reconciliation and unite the city’s churches for fellowship.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once called Sunday at 11 a.m. the most segregated time in America, lamenting that many Christians are more likely to stick to their own ethnic group for worship rather than cross the gap.

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Tulsa Together was started in 1994 to encourage Tulsans to try something new.

Typically held on the first Sunday in October, Tulsa Together begins with a morning pulpit exchange at participating churches, where pastors and preachers switch congregations for a sermon, and ends with evening fellowship and a time of worship in a church.

This year, that church will be Morning Star Baptist Church, 1014 E. Pine St. Small discussion groups will begin at 5 p.m. on Sundays, with the main service scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Reverend Rodney Goss of Morning Star is scheduled to speak and area choir members are encouraged to participate in the joint community choir.

“The Tulsa Together Executive Committee invites and encourages all Tulsa-area churches to participate in this remarkable service,” the leadership team wrote in a letter.

The following ministers and community leaders will be recognized at the service: Muskogee City Manager Mike Miller; Reverend Marlon Coleman, Mayor of Muskogee; Reverend MC Potter, pastor emeritus of the Antioch Baptist Church; Reverend Anthony Scott, pastor of First Baptist Church North Tulsa; Warren Blakney, pastor of the Church of Christ of North Peoria; District Judge Caroline Wall; and Special Judge Tanya Wilson.

Churches attending the evening service are asked to contribute $350 for publicity, refreshments and printing costs, which may be payable to Tulsa Together and mailed to Reverend WR Casey Jr. at PO Box 2095, Tulsa, OK 74101. Those not financially able are welcome.

For more information, call Casey at 918-951-7407.

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