15 Jan

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Making of a Prophet:  Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Those born after 1968 did not hear the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the evening news; and many of us born before 1968 only recall them in the brief "sound bites" that are used in our yearly MLK celebrations. "The Making of a Prophet" provides an opportunity for both younger adults and older adults to hear and reflect upon several of the historic speeches that shook the foundations of America and forever changed how we live with one another.  

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Resources for Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Dr. King died at the hands of an assassin on April 4, 1968, a few months short of his fortieth birthday. Human history has forever been changed by the movement he headed. Our current level of sensitivity to human rights issues and inclusiveness can be traced to the strides gained by the Civil Rights Movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a rare human being who sacrificed his life for a vision of equality for every person—not just African Americans. On November 2, 1983, both the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed that we should never forget Dr. King's contributions to the world: the third Monday in January was declared a national holiday.

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Response to the Word: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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This response to the sermon was written for a Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration. It may, however, be adapted for general use. Two introductory statements are suggested. 

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Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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This worship service was celebrated on January 17, 2007, at the Wightman Chapel of the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Center for Worship Resourcing posts it here so that churches and communities who may want to adapt it for use in their settings will have the benefit of this powerful recollection of the voice of Dr. King.  

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Helps for Celebrating Martin Luther King’s Birthday

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Your church or community may be planning to give special attention to observing Martin Luther King's birthday in worship.  

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Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s Favorite Hymn

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King's funeral took place on April 9, 1968, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church where both King and his father had served as co-pastors. His good friend, singer Mahalia Jackson, sang "Precious Lord" at the funeral.  

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“Just Let Me Dream”: A Sermon Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin tapped into the universal dream that all men and women have -- to be treated equally, fairly, with dignity and respect. His dream was your dream and my dream.  

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In Celebration of Martin Luther King Day, Creative Justice

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Where is justice to be found? Must we resign ourselves to the all-too-human patterns of oppression and murderous destruction? James Skillen, president of the Center for Public Justice in Washington D.C., answers that with a resounding, “No.”  

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History of Hymns: “I Have a Dream”

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In a hymn that embodies the spirit of the “I Have a Dream” speech and the boldness of the Lord’s Prayer, British minister and hymn writer Pamela Pettitt (1954?—2005) wrote a beautiful homage to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that urges us to continue the dream carried by Dr. King and so many others in the pursuit of justice and peace.

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