Rev. Floretta Barbee-Watkins preaches during the mid-week worship service at the 2020 National Gathering in Cincinnati.
Dr. Brian Blount preaches during the closing worship service at the 2020 National Gathering in Cincinnati.
Mary Delaney and Cynthia Ford offer an impactful testimony about their work in the Lower Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati.
Troy Bronsink gives a testimony at the 2020 National Gathering.
A testimony from the 2020 National Gathering with Rev. Damon Lynch III and Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp.
De’Amon Harges and Mike Mather from Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis give a keynote about paying attention, being astonished, and telling somebody.
2020 National Gathering – Keynote with Dr. Miguel De La Torre
Our 10th National Gathering kicks off with a powerful sermon by NEXT Church Director Jessica Tate.
Opening Song: “Come and Let Us Sing” by Israel & New Breed
Welcome, Census, and Remembering
We come from every corner of God’s creation,
We have brought our whole selves to this place,
We have come in our particularities
And in our communal stories
To be present
To be counted
To be celebrated
And to celebrate the love of the one who names and claim us:
And we name those who we want to remember, and bring into this sacred place:
We come to worship God.
Song: “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong
Speaking Our Truth
Song: “Hungry” by Kathryn Scott
Filling the Font
From all the corners of our coming and going we bring our water:
And snow caps
And drinking water
Waters of life… we have migrated with this water
to this time and this place,
to pour into the common and sacred font,
and to be re-membered
to renew our covenant
with the God of the migrant and the exiled
with the God of water and life
with the God of mercy and grace.
Song: “All Who Are Thirsty” by Brenton Brown and Glenn Roberston
Invitation to the Offering
Song: “Good Good Father/Friend of God” by Trey McLaughlin
Spoken by Glenn McCray
Rev. Eliana Maxim
Blessing & Sending
We remember the stories of our hearts
We listen to the stories of our siblings
We treasure that which unites us.
Yet at the font
We reclaim our name: ha’adam and place: adamah– human from earth.
We recommit to one another in our baptism;
Named, called, held by the One who created us
Strengthened, sustained, convicted by the One who loves us still
I am because we are
My story is incomplete without yours
And our story goes on still in
We came from across the map
We leave as children of the Triune God.
Come, remember your baptism.
Take a strip of fabric, proclaim the name of a child of God
and go from this place to live into our story,
and together we be the church.
Song:”Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone)” by People & Songs
Jennifer Harvey, professor of religion and ethics at Drake University, gives a keynote presentation on racial justice and white anti-racism at the 2019 NEXT Church National Gathering in Seattle.