Let the people say "Amen!" Amen. I can't hear you. AMEN! Thank you, Jesus. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed. Alleluia, alleluia! I like to say, when I gather with folk who care about what we do after we say "I believe," when it comes down to ultimate things, I'm just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody. Let me run that by again, so everybody can give a rousing "Amen" I'm just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody. Amen. And the task I have today is a somewhat substantial one, to speak as an African American Lutheran (people from Jump Street-as we would say in Brooklyn-would call that term an oxymoron from the start). Yet there are surprising and delightful areas of congruence when we look at the sacramental tradition and the African-American church tradition.
Cobbler, Michael, "A Word Fitly Spoken" (2003). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 110.