Service Times

Sundays:

  • First Service at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium
  • Second Service (English) at 10:45 a.m. in the Auditorium
  • Third Service (Spanish) at 10:45 in the Chapel

Sunday Bible Classes at 9:45 a.m.:

  • Adult Bible Class (English) in the Fellowship Hall
  • Adult Bible Class (Spanish) in the Chapel
  • Youth Group (Grades 6-12) in The Station
  • Children’s Class (Age 3-Grade 5) in the Children’s Worship Center

Hours of Operation

Church Office:

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Community Life Center:

  • The CLC is taking the proactive and precautionary step of suspending all public activities until further notice.

Location

1106 Colonial Road, Memphis, TN 38117

Prayers and Laments

Are You a Racist?

Below is prayer written by Denver Seminary President, Mark Young, originally published in May 2016, in answer to the Question, “(Your Name) are you a racist?” The original document can be found here.

 _______________ are you a racist?

Have mercy on me, O Lord.

I have blinded my eyes. In spite of the clear evidence of deeply embedded racism all around me, I have looked the other way. Too many have died. Too many have suffered. Too many have been locked out and cast aside. Too many indignities. Too many injustices. And still I looked the other way.

Have mercy on me, O Lord.

I have hardened my heart. Believing the lie that blacks have the same opportunities as whites, I could not allow myself to admit that my life was shaped as much by racism as theirs—mine to benefit and theirs to harm. But it was and it is and it will continue to be. I have cared too little. I have grieved too little.

Have mercy on me, O Lord.

I have silenced my tongue. My voice has not been raised in prophetic rebuke and anger. My feet have not stepped out for justice alongside those who have more courage than I. And in my silence I am an accomplice to bigotry.

Forgive me, O Lord.

I have sinned against you and against those who suffer the evil of racism. Indifference has smothered my soul and snuffed out fleeting impulses for reconciliation. I ask for your forgiveness and I will appropriately seek their forgiveness.

Empower me, O Lord.

I need your strength to step beyond blindness, indifference and fear; to step toward those whom I have sinned against. I make no grandiose promises or plans today for I know how easily these can be made and forgotten. But this I know. I cannot be the same. And I will not.

Amen!

Written by Mark Young | Source: Denver Seminary

 

Prayers for Dark People

Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know cries to be done.  Let us not hesitate because of ease, or the words of men’s mouths, or our own lives.  Mighty causes are calling us – the freeing of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty – all these and more.  But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifice and death.  Mercifully grant us, O God, the spirit of Esther, that we say: I will go unto the King and if I perish, I perish.

W.E.B. Du Bois | Source: Prayers for Dark People

Du Bois, W.E.B. Prayers for Dark People. Edited by Herbert Aptheker.
(Amherst, MA: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1980), 21.

 

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

“Peace Prayer of Saint Francis.” Loyola Press website, accessed July 16, 2018. 

Francis of Assisi | Source: Loyola Press

 

Prayer by Martin Luther King, Jr.

O God….we thank Thee for Thy Church, founded upon Thy Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray, but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon Thee….Help us to realize that man was created to shine like stars and live on through all eternity.  Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace, help us to walk together, pray together, sing together, and live together until that day when all God’s children, Black, White, red, and Yellow, will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the kingdom of our Lord and of our God, we pray. Amen.

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr. | Source: "Thou, Dear God" Book

King Jr., Martin Luther. Thou, Dear God: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits.
Edited by Lewis V. Bladwin. (Boston: Beacon Press, 2011), 147.

 

Prayer by Dora Yu

Keep me living in the heavenly realm; keep me dead to sin and alive in God; give me a spirit of obedience and childlike compliance with God’s will; possess my life and prompt me to take into account the needs of others; soak me with His love, so that I might be like God in my love toward others; help me see the things of this world from God’s point of view and always watchfully await the return of the Lord of glory.

Written by Dora Yu | Source: BDCC Website

Li, Yading. “Dora Yu.” Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity website, accessed July 17, 2018.

 

Prayers from White Station Members

Prayer for Unity and This Country

Father, we need You.  We are at the beginning of a new year, having finished one unlike any most of us can remember, and sometimes we seem to define each other by our political views.  Lord, help us to not do that.  Help us to see our neighbors still as neighbors, not as political opponents.  Help us to look for our commonalities instead of focusing on our differences.  

Help us to erase the lines that have been drawn, remove the barriers we have built; to stop making assumptions about why a friend or relative might have thought or voted differently from ourselves; to recognize that the issues that are important to us may pale in comparison to issues that are important to them.  Help us to also not make assumptions about or judgments of their perspective on the economy, immigration, racial justice, abortion, criminal justice, international relations or any of a myriad of other issues.  

Lord, help us to speak out for justice and righteousness, knowing there is no room for self-righteousness in our rhetoric.  Help us concede that we might be wrong in our opinions and to be open and willing to listen to others, and even when we can’t agree, help us to be kind and gracious in the disagreement.  Help us to be peacemakers, and to pray for one another without anger or quarrelling.

Even with the pandemic, protests, riots and a contentious election, help us to never forget that You are in control.   And paraphrasing Paul’s charge to Timothy, let us make supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings for all people, and for our President and those who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  Heal this country, oh Lord, and unify us in honor and glory to You.

We ask all of this through Your Son, Jesus Christ, in whom we pray.  Amen.

Written by Paula Thweatt

 

Dear Lord, the ultimate goal of all our reading, research, introspection, talking and listening is to prepare ourselves to be used by You. Please use us. Use us to show love. Use us to heal hurts. Use us to end division. Use us to right wrongs. Use us to bring justice. Use us to make real changes in real situations that impact real people. We beg you to use us. And at the end of it all, make us invisible and let the only thing that is known is that God did something great in our city. In Jesus’ Name-Amen.

Written by Anna Barber

 

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