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MLK 2018

Below is a call and response prayer that could be used as a Call to Worship, Pastoral Prayer, Benediction, etc.  The text is taken from various MLK quotes and the congregational response is from King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, after the prophet Amos.


 

One:                   We now raise the voice of the prophet Martin Luther King whose voice we still need so much:  “I have the audacity,” King said, “to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”   To which we respond:

RESPONSE:     “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

One:                  “Make a career of humanity,” King exhorted us. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

RESPONSE:     “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

One:                   “The ultimate measure of a [person] is not where he [or she] stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he [or she] stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

RESPONSE:     “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

One:                   “If we are to have peace on earth,” King imagined, “our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

RESPONSE:     “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

One:                   “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” he said. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

RESPONSE:     “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

One:                   “We shall overcome,” King said with a hope rooted in faith, “because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

RESPONSE:     “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

One:                   The voice of the Gospel.  The voice of the prophet Martin Luther King.  Christ we pray, make it our voices too.  AMEN.


© Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2018

Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ serving Charlotte Congregational Church in northwestern Vermont. He skis, runs, bakes bread, rides a red Vespa, and tries every day to follow Jesus. He is married to the perfect woman and has two boys who he loves beyond words.

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