All That We Are (John 1:29-42)

Each week, the UCC Witness and Worship Artists’ Group makes available a wealth of resources to enrich your worship service–prayers, psalms, liturgy, scripture studies, sermon starters–and more are available by searching the internet for Worship Ways at the United Church of Christ. Here is the Invocation for the worship liturgy created by Reverend Trayce Potter for Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday.

Invocation

God of our weary years and God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far on the way, we invite your presence into our midst as we pay tribute to all who have labored for justice, equality and love. We pray that in this moment you would strengthen us to continue to fight for the fulfillment of the dream that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luth King, Jr., so eloquently laid out on the steps of the Lincoln memorial.

Help us to labor so that every valley is exalted, every hill and mountain made low, the rough places are plain, and the crooked places made straight so that the glory of the Lord is revealed, and all flesh see it together.

Let your love guide us to see one another as fully human with diverse hues, colors, ethnicities and cultures, and respect the content of their character.

Let your spirit strengthen us for the fight of today and tomorrow until all God’s children can say with full conviction, “Free at last. Free at Last. Thank God All-Mighty, I’m free at last.” Amen.

*This service quotes from Our God Is Marching On, and Letter from Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King, Jr. Lines in italics quote from We Shall Overcome #570 in The New Century Hymnal, and Lift Every Voice and Sing #593 in The New Century Hymnal

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