Musical Festival Remembering Dr. King
This Little Light –
The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.
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Hymn of Praise
I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may
reach to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6b
O God, open thou our lips.
And our mouths shall show forth thy praise.
Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
The Collect of the Day
The Presider reads ancient prayers that signify our longing for Christ’s
coming, and the coming of God’s reign as we light the candles on the altar. You are invited to light a candle at home with us.
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 strive to 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.
Lift Every Voice and Sing LEVAS Hymnal #1
We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Following an ancient pattern originally from Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set calendar for what will be read when.
THE FIRST READING:
A Reading from the book of Exodus (Exodus 3:7-12)
Then the Lord said, “I’ve clearly seen my people oppressed in Egypt. I’ve heard their cry of injustice because of their slave masters. I know about their pain. I’ve come down to rescue them from the Egyptians in order to take them out of that land and bring them to a good and broad land, a land that’s full of milk and honey, a place where the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites all live. Now the Israelites’ cries of injustice have reached me. I’ve seen just how much the Egyptians have oppressed them. So get going. I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and to bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
God said, “I’ll be with you. And this will show you that I’m the one who sent you. After you bring the people out of Egypt, you will come back here and worship God on this mountain.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
THE PSALM (Psalm 77:11–20)
Saint Helena Psalter
I will remember the works of God
and call to mind your wonders of old time.
I will meditate on all your acts
and ponder your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy;
who is so great a god as our God?
You are the God who works wonders
and have declared your power among the peoples.
By your strength you have redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
The waters saw you, O God;
the waters saw you and trembled;
the very depths were shaken.
The clouds poured out water;
the skies thundered;
your arrows flashed to and fro;
The sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the world;
the earth trembled and shook.
Your way was in the sea,
and your paths in the great waters,
yet your footsteps were not seen.
You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
THE GOSPEL READING
The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Luke (Luke 6:27–36)
Glory to You, Lord Christ.
“But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on the cheek, offer the other one as well. If someone takes your coat, don’t withhold your shirt either. Give to everyone who asks and don’t demand your things back from those who take them. Treat people in the same way that you want them to treat you.
“If you love those who love you, why should you be commended? Even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, why should you be commended? Even sinners do that. If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, why should you be commended? Even sinners lend to sinners expecting to be paid back in full. Instead, love your enemies, do good, and lend expecting nothing in return. If you do, you will have a great reward. You will be acting the way children of the Most High act, for he is kind to ungrateful and wicked people. Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell
Gene Dobbs Bradford and Bria Jones
Announcements are shared
Prayers of the People
You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you.
Let us pray for the Church and for the world.
God of love, we pray for your church: For Michael our Presiding Bishop; Deon, our bishop; for all lay and ordained ministers; and for all who seek you in the community of the faithful. Equip us with compassion and love, to carry out your work of reconciliation in the world. God of love, Hear our prayers for the church.
God of freedom, we pray for our nation, and all the nations of the world: For equity, and peace across barriers of language, color, and creed; for elected and appointed leaders, especially Joseph, our president-elect, Kamala our vice-president elect and the whole incoming administration, that they would serve the common good. Inspire all people with courage to speak out against hatred, to actively resist evil. Unite the human family in bonds of love. God of freedom, Hear our prayers for the world.
God of peace, we pray for this community: For our local leaders; for our schools and markets; for our neighborhoods and workplaces. Kindle in every heart a desire for equality, respect, and opportunity for all. Give us courage to strive for justice and peace among all people, beginning here at home. We give you thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week, especially Alice Washington, Theresa Jackson, Burt Mayfield, George Wilkes, Maya Zerazion, Ilena Albarron, Ieva Blackwell, and Chidi Ezenwa; and for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Ron Bullock and Bob Niedringhaus. God of peace, Hear our prayers for this community.
God of grace, we pray for those who have died: For the faithful in every generation who have worked for justice; for prophets who called us to racial reconciliation; for martyrs who died because of hatred; for those who have died of COVID and for all the communion of saints. Make us faithful to your call to proclaim your Good News, by word and example, and bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light. God of grace, Hear our prayers for those who have died.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Concluding Prayer by Dr. King is followed by the ancient prayer of Saint Chrysostom.
O God, we thank you for the lives of great saints and prophets in the past, who have revealed to us that we can stand up amid the problems and difficulties and trials of life and not give in. We thank you for our fore-parents, who’ve given us something in the midst of the darkness of exploitation and oppression to keep going. Grant that we will go on with the proper faith and the proper determination of will, so that we will be able to make a creative contribution to this world. In the name and spirit of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
The Peace is then exchanged. Consider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.
Sweet Sweet Spirit –
The Deacon dismisses the congregation:
Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Dix – arranged by Charles Callahan
Connor Scott, guest organist
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon and Presider: The Rev. Chester Hines
Prayers of the People: The Rev. Marc Smith
Seminarian: Emilee Walker-Cornetta
Lectors: Rudy Nickens, Ellis Anderson
The Lord’s Prayer: Alisa Williams
Greeters: Rudy Walz, Lynn Wolfe
Guest Musicians: Nicole Heaston and friends,
Gene Dobbs Bradford & Bria Jones
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: Andy Ludwig
Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.
The Prayers of the People are adapted from a resource from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.
The Concluding Prayer by Dr. King is from Thou, Dear God: Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirit. (edited by Lewis V. Baldwin, Beacon Press, 2012)