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Advent 2021: Working Together by Celeste Bryant


"And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

-Romans 8:28


9th Day After Christmas

January 3, 2022

Working Together

What will get us to move? What will get us to act? What strategy? What sermon? What scripture? We act individually or in small groups and ministries – each act, not less important but often, not as long-lasting.

Recently, a Howard University grad student told me she was attracted to our church and our Pastor’s justice work as it mirrors her own organizing and that of her peers. It is something she does not often see in a church. She is flattered to call his leadership “King-like” (MLK).

The power of collective action and social movement, employed from Dr. Martin Luther King to El Malik Shabazz is what our spiritual leader, led by God’s word, implores us to do. Action meetings, strategy sessions, and rallies show our political will collectively. In these modern-day marches we demand, we pray, and we log in.

Dr. Howard W. Thurman was Dr. King’s spiritual muse. Perhaps excerpts from Dr. Thurman’s poetry will inspire:

When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled When the kings and the princes are home, The work of Christmas begins: To heal the broken, To feed the hungry,

To rebuild the nations,


God move us toward collective action. Move us to stand with our leader or simply log in. Strengthen those of us who are weary of the constant call. Encourage us to keep moving. Collectively move. Amen

Sister Celeste M. Bryant

Washington Interfaith Network


Advent 2021

Join us in a time of reflection, expectation, and contemplation during the season of Advent 2021.

Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you to hear the words of those reflecting, anticipating, and contemplating with you in community as we thank God for what God has done, notice what God is actively doing and anticipate what God will do next.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.



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