Program

 

Program

Sixteenth ANNUAL WORLD SABBATH

at Adat Shalom Synagogue,


Farmington Hills

29901 Middlebelt  MI 48334

Phone: 248-851-5100

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25th, 2015

 4:00 – 6:00 PM 

Gathering Music  –  

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

Sounding of the Shofar - 

Followers of Judaism worship one God, and are all the children of Abraham, the man who brought God’s message to the people.  The holy book of Judaism, the Torah, tells the story of how God promised to protect Abraham’s people if they vowed to love and obey God, and to follow God’s laws.  The most important laws are the Ten Commandments, handed down from God to a leader named Moses at Mt. Sinai. The shofar is a ram’s horn used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and is now sounded at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the most important holy days for Jews.

Muslim Call to Prayer - Sayfur Rahman  from the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA)

Five times a day, all over the world, followers of the Islamic faith stop what they are doing and pray.  With each prayer, they show their devotion to God, most often called by the Arabic name, Allah.  Today, there are more than a billion followers of Islam across the world.  The word Islam means “surrender to God,” and followers of this faith (known as Muslims) must obey God’s will.  The religion’s holy book, the Qur’an, contains the word of Allah, as told by an angel to Islam’s founder, the prophet Muhammad.

Welcome  -  Hazzan Dan Gross, Cantor at Adat Shalom, Gail Katz, Chair of the World Sabbath

First Prayer/Dance for Peace in the Hindu Tradition 

Hinduism is the world’s oldest living religion. It is a rich collection of hundreds of spiritual and philosophical traditions followed throughout Asia for more than 5000 years. Most traditions within Hinduism share certain distinctive core beliefs, despite the absence of an identifiable beginning in history, single founder, central religious establishment or sole authoritative scripture. Two of these core beliefs are that of tolerance and pluralism. While tolerance and pluralism are valued by many religions, these concepts are the very essence of Hinduism and are expressed through the diversity of Hindu practice and centuries of peaceful coexistence of various faiths.

Worship Through Music:  

Christians believe in the teachings of a man named Jesus, who was called Christ by his followers.  Christ is the Greek word for “Messiah”, meaning “anointed one”. For Christians, Jesus is the Son of God: God in human form.  Today Christianity is found in most parts of the world and with over two billion followers is thought to be the world’s largest religion.

Second Prayer for Peace in the Buddhist Tradition -

Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life. There are 376 million followers worldwide. Buddhists seek to reach a state of Nirvana, following the path of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who went on a quest for Enlightenment around the sixth century BCE. There is no belief in a personal god. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible. The path to Enlightenment is through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom. Buddhists believe that life is both endless and subject to impermanence, suffering and uncertainty. Our mistaken belief that things can last is a chief cause of suffering.

Worship Through Music

Third prayer for Peace in the Baha’i Tradition -

The Baha’i faith began about 150 years ago in Persia (modern day Iran). Its followers believe that there is one God for all people.  He might be known by different names to people of different faiths, but followers of the Baha’i faith feel that everyone worships the same God.  They also believe that all people are equal and belong to one human family. The goals of the Baha’i are to spread the ideas of unity and world peace.  There are no religious leaders, but instead, respected members of the church conduct the services.

Worship Through Music

Fourth Prayer for Peace in the Native American Tradition

The history of the Native Americans, or First Nation People goes back at least 30,000 years. Beliefs vary greatly from one tribe to the next, but they all share a very close relationship with the natural world. This is reflected in many of their beliefs and ceremonies, such as the smoking of tobacco in a shared pipe, purification in a sweat lodge, and the ritual of smudging. The lodge keeper is called a shaman, who forms a link between the spirit world and the everyday world.

Worship Through Music

Fifth Prayer for Peace in the Jain Tradition   

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 other systems of all other Indian philosophies. Jainism has become one of the essential spiritual traditions in the South Asian religious fabric. Jains believe in the philosophy of Karma, reincarnation of worldly soul, hell and heaven as a punishment or reward for one’s deeds, and liberation (Nirvän or Moksha) of the self from life’s misery of birth and death in a way similar to the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.  Though there are multiple similarities in these South Asian religions, there are some major portions of the belief system that remain unique to each religion.  For instance, the Jain philosophy believes that the universe and all its entities such as soul and matter are eternal (there is no beginning or end), no one has created them and no one can destroy them. 

Sixth Prayer for Peace in the Sikh Tradition  - 

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion based on a definitive revelation. With over 25 million followers  worldwide, 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 times, truthful living, equality between all human beings, social justice, while emphatically denouncing superstitions and blind rituals.

Presentation of Peace Award – Rev. Rodney Reinhart, World Sabbath Founder

World Sabbath Peace Awardees:

Offertory Appeal  

(if you prefer checks can be made out to The Interfaith Leadership Council, a 501(c) 3, with “World Sabbath” in the memo line) 

Interfaith Pledge – Clergy, Religious and Faith Community Leaders 

We pledge ourselves this day in the name of all we hold holy to raise our voices in the cause of peace.  No longer shall we remain silent when armies march and children die; while dictators lay the blame on God.  No longer shall we remain silent when religious and political leaders use religion as an excuse for bloodshed or claim faith as a reason for war. We shall raise our voices when prejudice and persecution are blamed on God.  We shall raise our voices when scriptures are twisted.  We shall build a world of tolerance, justice, faithfulness, and peace.  We shall build a world where all may know that our faith calls us to be builders of peace, not makers of war.  And this we pledge: Salaam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace.

Prayer for People Around the World Involved in Conflict  -Clergy, Religious and Faith Community Leaders

We realize today, Oh Creator, that we live in a highly interconnected world where foolish, disrespectful and anti-religious words or videos can instantly reach the eyes and ears of our entire planet. We all share a deep concern that prejudicial and ill-considered videos and words are capable of sending thousands into the streets in murderous rampages. We are also deeply concerned that political and religious leaders have sometimes used those videos and words to incite their followers to tragic violence.  You have told us that we must show respect for the teachings, leaders and founders of each other’s religions.  You have also taught us that You place high value on freedom of thought, expression and communication.  Give us courage and perseverance as we teach the people and leaders of our world to respect the founders, faith and practices of all world religions.  Give us courage to teach the leaders and people of this world to give a non-violent, patient, appropriate and tolerant response to expressions and opinions with which they may disagree.  Help us to see that rioting, violence and murder in the name of any religion violates the teachings of all religions. Help us proclaim the universal religious message of peace. 

Responsive Reading

We pray this day for children and families who suffer, starve and die as victims of environmental degradation, racial conflict, ethnic persecution, and religious war.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We weep as bullets fly, suicide bombs explode, houses of worship burn, machetes draw blood, and the life drains from the eyes of innocent children in holy lands and sacred cities across the globe.  

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We remember especially today the children of Sudan… Syria… Palestine…Israel… India… Pakistan… Afghanistan… Iraq…and other countries around the world that have suffered war and unrest.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We call on all people of faith in every land to unite their hearts in the pledge that all boys and girls everywhere will have full and fair access to education, healthcare, nutrition, environmental protection, prosperity and peace.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

Seventh Prayer for Peace in the Quaker tradition -

Quakers, or Friends, are members of a family of religious movements collectively known as the Religious Society of Friends. Most Quakers view themselves as a Christian denomination. One of the main Quaker beliefs is that each person has a direct relationship with God, so they don’t have priests or rituals.  Worship, which is held in Meeting Houses, is mainly silent until someone feels moved by the Holy Spirit to speak. Quakers refer to their sense of God in their soul as “inner light.”  The Society is known for its pacifism and charity work 

Musical Selection – Children of Peace, “We are Children of Peace” 

Verse One: Peace

We are children of peace. We are the children of the world. We are children of peace. We are the children of the world

Verse Two: Friendship

We are children of friendship. We are the children of the world. We are children of friendship. We are the children of the world.

Verse Three: War

We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world. We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world.

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.

Verse Four: Justice

We are children of justice. We are the children of the world. We are children of justice. We are the children of the world.

Verse Five: Compassion

We are children of compassion. We are the children of the world. We are children of compassion. We are the children of the world.

Verse Six: Love

We are children of love. We are the children of the world. We are children of love. We are the children of the world

Chorus:

Verse Seven: Music

We are children of music. We are the children of the world. We are children of music. We are the children of the world.

Chorus:

Verse Eight: Love

We are children of love. We are the children of the world. We are children of love. We are the children of the world.

Chorus:

Verse Nine: War

We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world. We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world.

Final Chorus:

Children of Peace are coming from the following Houses of Worship or Institutions:

Religious Society of Friends Detroit Chapter, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, American Indian Health and Family Services, Bharatiya Temple, Poorna Vidya,  Detroit Baha’i Association, Islamic Center of America, Jain Temple, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Fort Street Presbyterian Church, Nardin Park Methodist Church, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints

Announcements and Acknowledgements – Gail Katz, World Sabbath Chairperson

Passing of the Peace Banner to clergy from Fort Street Presbyterian Church

Closing Song - “Let There Be Peace on Earth”  – please wave your colorful banners!!

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 our creator, children all are we.

Let us walk with each other, in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.

With every 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.

Recessional

Please join us for the Afterglow  at the end of the World Sabbath in the  Social Hall at Adat Shalom Synagogue. Please recycle your programs if you do not care to take them with you!  Boxes are placed near the exits!

The Seventeenth Annual World Sabbath will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM at Fort Street Presbyterian Church,  631 W. Fort St., Detroit 48226