January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Service (2010)

In remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

With this collect, Epiphany’s Welcome Tableministry began aspecial worship service celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Welcome Table is a multi-faceted Sunday morning offering at Epiphany that ministers to a diverse congregation thatincludes many homeless individuals. For this commemoration, a large picture of Dr. King was placed on a tripod at the front of the church. The service opened with an audio recording of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Hymns included “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “Blessed Martin, Pastor, Prophet,” and “We Shall Overcome,“ and special music, “If I Can Help Somebody” and “Precious Lord.” There was a special Litany of Commemoration of Martin Luther King. The liturgy concluded with a service award presented to individuals who had been especially helpful in the Welcome Table ministry.

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