The Supreme Court LGBT Sunrise Prayer Service. Part I of IV. A Prayer for Love & Justice.





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Published on Nov 24, 2013

AT SUNRISE on the morning the Supreme Court of the United States was to hear the cases on Marriage Equality - March 26, 2013 - leading clergy from all faiths came together for A Prayer for Love & Justice in support of LGBT equality.

Faith leaders of all denominations and traditions from Christian to Native American prepared their own remarks on the themes of the service beginning with LGBT Harm & Persecution, and ending with our Liberation, Love & Marriage.

As prayers were read in succession, no introductions were made during the service, which was conceived as a prayer from beginning to end.

Following the service, the drummers and faith leaders lead a procession to the steps of the Supreme Court for the Rally. At first, their arrival startled some, until they realized the faiths were marching for Marriage Equality. Then there was jubilation.

This historic event was hosted by the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, standing directly behind the Supreme Court building. And special gratitude is extended to this congregation, which has been home to many civil rights events in its history.

HERE is the partial PRAYER BULLETIN, for this segment of the Service:

A Prayer for Love and Justice
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Washington, DC ~ Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Welcome all spirits and faith traditions to a union of prayer for love,
marriage equality and justice for LGBT people.

Opening Rituals: All Faiths.
Music: Total Praise (written by Richard Smallwood) (@ 8:05)
Community Choir, Directed by Reverend Candy Holmes, Metropolitan Community Churches

Prayers: Welcoming & Opening
Reverend Michael Wilker, Host Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Reverend Selena Fox, Senior Minister & High Priestess, Circle Sanctuary
Bishop Gene Robinson, IX Bishop of New Hampshire, Episcopal
Marlon Fixico, Southern Cheyenne, National Confederacy of Two Spirit Organizations
Rabbi Deborah Reichmann, International Federation of Rabbis

Music: Woke Up This Morning (written by Doug Martsch) (@ 21:35)
Community Choir, Directed by Carlton Burgess, Turner Memorial Church, Soloist: Reverend David North

Prayers: Discrimination is Judgment, Judge Not

Rabbi Eleanor Steinmann, California Faith for Equality
Reverend Mary Kay Totty, Dumbarton United Methodist Church
Rabbi Eleanor Steinmann, California Faith for Equality
Dr. Joseph Palacios, Dignity, Washington, D.C.
Reverend Elder Darlene Garner, Metropolitan Community Churches
Call: All Souls Are Equal. Response: All Souls Are Equal.

( .... service continued, on Parts II to IV, below)

RECORDINGS: There are four YouTube parts to this service, which add up to about 1:20 minutes long. Some parts are missing due to changing cameras, but we hope to get a complete version uploaded soon. This is I of IV.

4 Video Clips:
http://bit.ly/ServiceI (this one)

The complete Prayer Bulletin containing all the names of those offering prayer and song is available here: http://bit.ly/PrayerBulletin

The complete Liturgy with all prayers is available here: http://bit.ly/PrayerLiturgy


The INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE Committee: Co-Chairs: J. Todd (Tif) Fernandez, LLM & Rev. Candy Holmes, Eric Eldritch, Michael Schuenemeyer, Rachel Laser, Chett Pritchett, Carlton Burgess, Rev. Jill McCrory, Eric Scharf, Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Ani Zonneveld, Richard Parkins, Rev. Craig Rosenhaven, Ross Murray, Daphne Price, Wes Jamison, Rev. Sandy Kolb, Rev. Anne Fowler, and Brad Reichard. ALL FAITH Leaders & Participants (listed in the Bulletin). THE CHOIR and soloists: Bishop Yvette Flunder and Marvin Matthews. THE RITUAL participants: Rev. Robert M. Hardies Senior Minister, All Souls Church, Unitarian; Rev. Dwayne Johnson, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Community Churches of DC, Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Indira Henard, Unity Fellowship of DC, Literata Hurley, Rev. Tristan Wolfheart, Sunny Simmons. THE DRUMMERS: R. Tigre Cruz, Chris Nelson, Jackie Cooke. Stage Manager, Rev. Cedric Harmon and the many support volunteers. THE MUSICIANS: Carlton Burgess (music and choir director). Band: Melodi Lovely (piano), Alvin Killebrew (bass), Stephon Sandidge (drums); Justin Ritchie (piano on couple blessings), Paul Leavitt (organ). THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION: Pastor Michael Wilker, Philip Moeller, Diane Liesman, Ragnar Thoresen. AND THE UNITED FOR MARRIAGE: Interfaith Committee & United for Marriage Coalition.



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