DHB MLK Service
(Click on above Title to hear the recording: MP3 file; 74 MB)

 

North Shore

Unitarian Church

Deerfield, IL

 

 

heart chalice

 

The Selma March, Dr. King and my Dad

 

Duncan Brown

 

August 29, 2010

 

 

 

Order of Service

 

Welcome and Announcements†††††††††† John Bishop

 

Chalice Lighting

 

Prelude†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Abraham, Martin, and John

Dick Holler

 

Opening Words††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Brown

 

*Hymn #199†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Precious Lord, Take My Hand

 

*Responsive Reading††††††††††††††††††††††† Hope for Tomorrow

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

We have known humiliation, we have known abusive language.

We have been plunged into the abyss of oppression,

And we have decided to rise up,

Only with the weapon of protest.

It is one of the greatest glories of America that we have a right to protest.

If we are arrested every day,

If we are exploited every day,

If we are trampled over every day,

Donít ever let anyone pull you so low as to hate them.

We must use the weapon of love. We must have compassion and understanding

for those who hate us. Love, compassion, understanding.

We must realize so many people are taught to hate us;

That they are not totally responsible for their hate.

We must use the weapon of love. We must have compassion and understanding

for those who hate us. For we stand in life at midnight; we are always on the

threshold of a new dawn.

We must use the weapon of love.

Love, compassion, understanding.

 

Joys and Concerns/Wheel of Life

This is a time for sharing significant personal events. Please be brief.

 

Sung Response #123††††††††††††††††††††††††† Spirit of Life

 

Carolyn McDade

Spirit of Life, come unto me.

Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;

Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free;

Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

 

Reading†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Setting the Scene: the Selma to Montgomery Marches

Duncan Brown

 

Meditation and Prayer††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Brown

 

Offertory†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hear My Prayer

Moses Hogan

(April 2001, M.U.M. Chamber Singers, Fairfield, IA)

 

Sermon††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Selma March, Dr. King and my Dad

Duncan Brown

*Hymn #169†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† We Shall Overcome

 

*Closing Words††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Brown

 

Postlude††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MLK

U2

Duncan Brown, solo

 

*Indicates that the congregation will please stand.

 

Today's guest, former NSUC member Duncan Brown, is a fourth-generation UU

and great-grandson of noted Unitarian minister John Haynes Holmes. Duncan is a

writer and editor, and teaches the Transcendental Meditation program with his wife,

Dr. Carla Brown, from their home in Hyde Park.

 

Thanks to NSUC members Susan McCracken (piano and synthesizer) and Stan
McCracken (bass and guitar) for providing music for today's service.