Program

19th ANNUAL WORLD SABBATH

SUNDAY, March 11, 2018

 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Christ Church Cranbrook

470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills

Phone: 248- 644- 5210 

Prelude – Christopher Wells (organist)

Processional – World Sabbath Committee, Religious and Faith Community Leaders, Participants, Children of Peace

Sounding of the Shofar – Mori Miller, Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI

The Shofar is a ram’s horn used by Jews, beginning in ancient times, in religious and civic ceremonies, and is now sounded at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, two of the most important holy days for Jews. It functions as a call to action, to take our understanding and our relationships out into the world and to make it better.  In Jewish tradition, this is called Tikkun Olam, repair the world.

Muslim Call to Prayer – Ehsun Karimi, Islamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn Heights, MI

Five times a day the call to prayer is chanted before each prayer. Followers of the Islamic faith, all over the world, stop what they are doing and pray. The call to prayer is like an alarm clock for a devout Muslim. It notifies the believers that the time for prayer has commenced and to get ready for the prayer. With each prayer, they show their devotion to God, most often called by the Arabic name, Allah. The world Islam means “surrender to God,” and followers of this faith (known as Muslims) are required to submit to God’s will. The religion’s holy book, the Qur’an, contains the word of Allah, as told by the angel Gabriel to Islam’s Prophet and Messenger Muhammad. 

Blowing of the Conch Shell – Vishal Kumar Chandu, Bharatiya Temple, Troy, MI

Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest living religions. It is a rich collection of hundreds of spiritual and philosophical traditions followed throughout Asia for more than 5,000 years. Most traditions within Hinduism share certain distinctive core beliefs, despite the absence of an identifiable beginning in history, a single founder, a central religious establishment or a sole authoritative scripture. The concept of Pluralism is expressed through the diversity of Hindu practice and centuries of peaceful co-existence with various faiths. Hindus blow the conch shell during worship at home and at the temple, or to mark an important occasion. When the conch shell is blown, the primordial sound “Om” is produced, which is considered to represent the Universe and the Truth behind it.

Welcome – The Rev. Dr. William Danaher, Christ Church Cranbrook, Gail Katz (Chair of the World Sabbath)

Worship Through Music in the Christian Tradition – Children’s Choir at Christ Church Cranbrook, Christopher Wells, Director

The Christian faith is an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of humanity whose coming as the Messiah (the Christ) was prophesied in the Hebrew scriptures. Christianity teaches a way of life that reflects the life of Jesus and emphasizes grace, forgiveness, love, and obedience to God’s will for redeeming all Creation. Today Christianity is found in most parts of the world and is thought to be the largest religion.

Worship Through Music in the Hindu Tradition – MMD Dhol-Tasha Drummers, Kaustubh Itkikar – MMD Dhol Tasha Lead, Soham Inamdar, Umesh Inamdar, Pallavi Inamdar, Sahil Ingle, Kiran Ingle, Indrasen Karogal, Mrunal Chandre

Dhol-Tasha are the musical instruments from India, used in religious and marriage ceremonies, in processions in Maharashtra. Sounds of both these instruments create excitement, vigor and enthusiasm and bring people together.

Worship Through Prayer in the Zoroastrian Tradition – Zarvan Chinoy

Zoroastrianism is considered to be one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world, having originated in Persia or modern day Iran over 3000 years ago. Its founder Prophet Zarathustra or Zoroaster taught belief in one God – Ahura Mazda. His teachings are contained in the divine songs called Gathas. A dominant religion of the civilized world from 500 BC to 500 AD, Zoroastrianism influenced many other faiths that originated in the Middle East with concepts of Heaven and Hell, the coming of a Savior and the final Day of Judgment. The religion also preaches non-violence, religious tolerance and philanthropy. By practicing the principles of Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds, Zoroastrians work to create a Heaven on Earth filled with peace and prosperity.

Worship Through Prayer in the Sikh Tradition – Maheep Z. Singh, Gurdwara Mata Tripta Ji, Plymouth

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion based on a definitive revelation. It is one of the youngest major world religions. Sikhism was revealed to Guru Nanak over 500 years ago in the Punjab, the Sikh homeland in South Asia. Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhi (also Sikhism) talked about the principle of Oneness, which leaves no room for distinctions based on race, caste, creed, gender, color or nationality. Therefore, differences between “them” and “us” vanish. As it says in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Scriptural Canon, “I see no stranger.” For this reason, principles of divinity, dignity and liberty are inherent to the Sikh lifestyle. Sikhism preaches a message of devotion, remembrance of God at all time, truthful living, equality among all human beings, and social justice, while emphatically denouncing superstitions and blind rituals.

Worship Through Music in the Baha’i Tradition – “Spirits Rising” (composed by Joe Reilly)  with the Baha’i Youth choir

The Baha’i faith began in modern Persia (modern Iran) in 1844. Its Prophet-Founder was Baha’u’llah, a name meaning “Glory of God.” Baha’is believe in the unity of mankind and accept the great world religions and their prophets. Some of their beliefs are the Oneness of God, the essential harmony of science and religion, the elimination of prejudices of all kinds, equality of men and women, a spiritual solution to economic problems, universal compulsory education, and independent investigation of the truth. Although there are no clergy, there is a governing body called the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel, which has a board of nine members, voted on by Baha’is all over the world. The central purpose of all Baha’is is to bring forth an ever-advancing civilization, as written in their holy books by the founder of their faith.

Worship Through Music in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tradition – LDS Youth Choir

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes the family is divine in nature and God has designed it as the fundamental building block of all community, both on earth and through eternity. Through following Christ’s teachings, Latter-day Saints believe all people can become “partakers of the divine nature,” and that human beings are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. They also believe that happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.

Worship Through Dance in the Jain Tradition: Ansh Shah, Ishana Shah, Banhi Shah, Veer Shah, Davina Doshi, Naisha Doshi, Prisha Shah, Maanya Dedhia, Arham Jhaveri, Keval Shah, Hiya Shah, Jinal Gotadke, Aneri Shah, Rushir Teli

Jainism is one of the oldest living religions of India, predating recorded history as referenced in Hindu scriptures. It is an original system quite distinct and independent from all other Indian philosophies. Jains believe in the philosophy of Karma, the reincarnation of worldly soul, hell and heaven as a punishment or reward for one’s deeds, and liberation (Nirvan or Mokshu) of the self from life’s misery of birth and death in a way similar to the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. Though there are similariities in these South Asian religions, there are some major portions of the belief system that remain unique to each religion.

Presentation of the Peace Award – The Rev. Dr. William Danaher will present the award to Imam Mohamed Almasmari

Shaykh Mohamed Almasmari, of Yemeni descent, was born and raised in Michigan. At a very young age, he memorized the Holy Qur’an and soon after completing his secondary education, he embarked on a journey to Yemen to study traditional Islam under some of the world’s greatest scholars of this time. Shaykh Almasmari earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Islamic Sciences and Islamic Law. After completing his studies, he returned to America and served as Imam in Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY. Currently he resides in Michigan and serves as the Imam of the Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Muslim Community Council and is a member of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA). Shaykh Almasmari has been instrumental in bringing Jews, Christians and Muslims together and frequently hosts the seventh graders at his mosque for the Religious Diversity Journeys, sponsored by the Interfaith Leadership Council.

Worship Through Music in the Jewish Tradition – Temple Beth El Youth Choir, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Samantha Jahr, Asst. Director, Jim Gabriel, pianist, Sophia Good, Olivia Lindsey, Abraham Miller, Sarah Ostheimer, Ava Paige, Payton Renusch, Sydney Rosenberg, Chloe Shirley, Ari Sklar, Sarah Solomon, Grace Teal.

The Jewish people brought monotheism to the world, and have embraced their Covenant with God for nearly 4,000 years. Judaism is defined by an on-going interaction with sacred texts, starting with the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, that open the Hebrew Bible. The Torah also includes the Ten Commandments, as part of a total of 613 commandments in the Torah, among a broad series of laws and stories that have guided people from ancient times up to today. In the words of the great Rabbi Hillel, who was asked to describe the Torah while standing on one foot,”What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. The rest is commentary.”

Interfaith Pledge – Commitment to be Resilient by the InterFaith Leadership Council. Led by the Rev. Dr. William Danaher. 

I believe
that we are called to lift each other up,
that we are stronger standing together,
that our differences are a blessing,
that empathy and love reveal the path to peace,
and that justice will prevail,
because each of us is Beloved.Therefore, I commit to
answer intolerance with goodwill,
live by faith and hope, not fear,
seek understanding and friendship whenever I can,
stand with those facing prejudice and injustice,
meet resistance with resiliency as I build the Beloved Community each day.
Responsive Prayer for Peace – Written by Pastor Imogen Rhodenhiser
Led by The Rev. Manisha Dostert, Christ Church Cranbrook

Make us people of compassion so that we and all children may look upon one another with mercy and love. Help us all to look for the good in each other. Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

Sustain those who pray for food and basic necessities, and who worry about feeding their loved ones. Give strength to all children who need not only a home but a place to belong and to be loved. Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

Walk with all travelers, with those who seek refuge from persecution and pain. Be with children separated from family and from the land they call home. Help us to be companions to one another, offering hope and help along unfamiliar paths. Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

Make goodness known through the works of our hands and hearts, and let blessing rest on all whose lives are dedicated to bringing peace and well being to the children of the world and all of creation. Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

Passing of the Peace Banner – FROM: The Rev. Dr. William Danaher, Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI  TO: Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi, The Islamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn Heights, MI
Offertory – passing of baskets. Comments by the Rev. Dr. William Danaher
Musical Selection – Children of Peace “We Are Children of Peace” Led by Christopher Wells
We are children of peace,
We are the children of the world 2x
We are children of friendship
We are the children of the world 2x
We don’t want war anymore
We are the children of the world. 2x
Chorus
Listen people everywhere – hear our song
Come and take somebody’s hand, sing along. The choice is ours – what will we do? It’s up to me. It’s up to you.
We are children of justice.
We are the children of the world. 2x
We are children of compassion
We are the children of the world. 2x
We are children of love.
We are the children of the world. 2x
Chorus
We are children of music.
We are the children of the world. 2x
 
We are children of love.
We are the children of the world. 2x
We don’t want war anymore.
We are the children of the world. 2x
Chorus

Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements – Gail Katz, World Sabbath Chair

Closing Song, Waving of Napkins – “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me,
Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

Carillon Bells and Recessional – Jenny King, Christ Church Cranbrook

Please join us at the Afterglow downstairs in the Hospitality Room.  

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