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October 20, 2011

Blessing of Other Sheep Afrika-Kenya

Rev. Michael Kimindu, President of Other Sheep Africa officially graced the new office of Other Sheep Afrika-Kenya and launched the new website for the organization on Sunday 16th, October 2011. He reiterated on the vital role OSA was leading in the area of religion, sexuality and gender identity in Africa. The following was his presentation:

The Struggle to be

Jesus never worked outside Israel. He even declared that he was sent to the lost people of Israel

His disciples also concentrated in Israel.

Peter in Act is ordained to go to the Gentiles but it was not easy for him to accept. He believed that the gospel of Jesus Christ was meant for the Jews. To convince Peter God showed him a vision. A basket full of animals and birds all familiar to Peter as UNCLEAN. Not eaten by Jews. So Peter objected but god told him that he could not call unclean what god had cleaned.

In the Galatians 2: 11-14, reading Peter is avoiding gentile’s food to please the Jewish visitors from Jerusalem. He has been eating, but how he is afraid. But could not spare him. He openly challenged him

In Africa, Kenya today we have Christians who are struggling like peter, They will do certain things in hiding , they will pretend to be who they are not.

Sometimes it is justified; what would happen if a gay sin were to come out to his parents? Friends? Religious leader? Society? School or church?

What if Rev. Kimindu/Makokha were to reprimand them for not coming out? Peter had hard time reconciling the faith with his culture/ religion. How can we make it easier for LGBTI and aliens to come out? Yes to parents, friends, Faith group

It is a struggle to be. Are you contributing positively to the coming out? May OSA-K be that much needed resource for LGBTI allies to come out.

AMEN

Order of Service

CALL  TO WORSHIP.

LEADER: O God of All Creation

All:          Bless this land and Nation, Justice be our Shield and Defender.

L:           Let us thank God whom we shall serve in this facility through our

Humble service to Humanity.

God of Righteousness, Mercy, and Justice, who created us all in your Image,

Accept our thanks for:

The Donors who provide funding for the work we do as OSA.

ALL:        Amen

L:            The family of OSA-K whose voluntary service is a blessing to

Many in this Country.

ALL:         Amen

L:             The owners of this facility who have accepted to partner with us

By letting it out.

ALL:         Amen,

L:             For the LGBTI family raising their voices for their rights

ALL:        We thank you, Lord.

L:            For making LGBTI People your Sons and Daughters by your love.

ALL:       We thank you, Lord.

L:            For the Vocation to serve humanity and the answer to your call.

ALL;       We thank you, Lord.

L:           For the knowledge of your Will and the Grace to fulfill it.

ALL:      We thank you, Lord.

L:          For meeting our needs and answering our prayers.

ALL:     We thank you, Lord.

L:          For the pardon of our sins, which restores us to the company

Of your faithful people.

ALL:      We thank you, Lord.

L:          For the Blessing of our sexuality and accepting us as your children.

ALL:     We thank you, Lord.

L:         For the faith of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex people, their

Families and Allies who have gone before us and for our encouragement

By their perseverance

ALL:   We thank you, Lord.

L:        For the fellowship of ‘N’ (David K. Kato) and all LGBTI People who have

Died in activism all over the world

ALL:  We thank you, Lord.

LIGHTING OF CANDLES OF IDENTITY WITH LGBTI, PARENTS, FRIENDS, FAMILIES AND ALLIES.(7) LED BY REV.J.B.MAKOKHA,CEO OSA-K.

  1. 1. LESBIANS
  2. 2. GAYS
  3. 3. BISEXUALS
  4. 4. TRANSGENDER
  5. 5. INTERSEX
  6. 6. PARENTS/FRIENDS/FAMILIES
  7. 7. ALLIES

PRAYER:

ALL:            Yours, O Lord is the Greatness, the Power, the Glory, the Victory and the  Majesty

For everything in Heaven and on Earth is Yours,

Yours ,O God is the  Kingdom, and You welcome us ALL your Children.

A M E N

(Adaptations from ECUSA P&H 1982, PG.578)

SCRIPTURE,  GALATIANS, 2:11-14

SERMON.(THE STRUGGLE  TO BE)

THE  BLESSING

L :       Blessed is the Spot, and the House, and the Place,  and the City,

And the Heart, and the Mountain, and the Refuge,

And the Cave, and the Valley, and the Land, and the Sea,

And the Island, and Meadow where Mention of God

Has been made and God’s Praise Glorified.

(Adapted from Bahai, Prayer by Baha ‘Ullah’. Earth Prayers, Pg.50)

ALL;        May we Dwell in Unity, Peace and Liberty, Amen (NA)

L   :       Blessed be all those who will be received in this facility.

ALL         That they may go back empowered and rejoicing in wholeness.

AM E N.

L:             Go in peace, to be  a loving neighbor.

ALL:           Forever All One and Equal.

A M E N.

Arrangement, By Rev. Michael Nzuki Kimindu (STM) USA.

Other Sheep Africa (OSA) President.

 

 

 

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