Program

20th ANNUAL WORLD SABBATH

SUNDAY, March 3, 2019

 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Islamic House of Wisdom

22575 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

(313) 359-1221

Prelude – 

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

Sounding of the Shofar – Jocelyn Organ, Temple Kol Ami, West Bloomfield

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 Chandu, Bharatiya Temple in Troy

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 – Imam Mohammad Elahi (Islamic House of Wisdom), Gail Katz (Chair of the World Sabbath)

Song and Spirit Interfaith Choir – led by Judy Lewis and Steve Klaper

Worship Through Music in the Christian Tradition – Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke

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 Prayer in the Hindu Tradition –  Urmila Chandu’s students

Worship Through Prayer in the Zoroastrian Tradition – Zoish Mehta

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 Music – Young Musicians of  Amma Center of Michigan – “Only Love” and  prayer “Lokah”

The Amma Center of Michigan in Ann Arbor is part of a worldwide interfaith community.  The center is inspired by Mata Amritanandamayi, known as Amma, an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and humanitarian. Amma has blessed, through her motherly embrace, 35 million people around the globe, from every faith tradition and walk of life. She encourages each individual to follow their own faith and live according to the deep values shared by all religions.  Amma is a beacon of selfless service and the local center aspires to follow this example in all their actions.  Through a multitude of charitable projects the center aims to reach out to those in need.  Amma also encourages the importance of caring for Mother Earth.  Amma’s youth groups called AYUDH are in several countries across the world. The intention is to help each young person grow in their personal development and to create, thru active and fun programs, a desire in them to make a positive difference in the world. AYUDH is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘peace’ and also is an acronym for Amma’s Youth for Unity, Diversity and Humanity. 

Worship Through Prayer in the Sikh Tradition – Raman Singh’s students

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 – Bob Schneiweiss and 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, contact Rachel Clawson

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 Prayer in the Jain Tradition: Contact Prachi Shah

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 – Imam Elahi will present the award to the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace

Song and Spirit brings people of different faith traditions together to engage in creative service through education, music, art and social outreach programs. Hazzan Steve Klaper, Mary Gilhuly, and Brother Al Mascia OFM serve up tasty weekend retreats, missions and Shabbatons that engage the entire community in spiritually uplifting explorations of music, study, art and faith.

Worship Through Music in the Jewish Tradition – Temple Beth El Youth Choir, Debbie Morosohk 

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 Arif Huskic, Common Word Alliance, Hamtramck

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 Hajj Wissam Bazzi (Islamic House of Wisdom)

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: Imam Elahi, The Islamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn Heights TO: 
Offertory – passing of baskets. Comments by the Imam Elahi
Musical Selection – Children of Peace “We Are Children of Peace” Led by Steve Klaper
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

Prayer from the Religious Society of Friends – Sharon Ottenbreit

Closing Song, Waving of Napkins – “Let There Be Peace on Earth” Steve Klaper musical accompanist

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.

Recessional – led by Peggy Westman, flutist, Pine Hill Congregational Church, West Bloomfield

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

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The Next World Sabbath will be held on Sunday, March 1st from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Mark your calendars!!