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May 2005 Newsletter
Equal Marriage Rights
Text and Order of Worship
Martin Luther King Day Interfaith Service
for Justice and Love
The text and order of worship included here may be used as is or as
a starting point for designing your own service. The original
service was held January 17, 2000 by the
Interfaith Working Group
at Tabernacle United Church.
There are two html files,
one for the bulletin and one for the service leaders and readers.
We strongly recommend bringing up each page,
selecting and copying all the text into a word processor, and
formatting it to your specifications before printing.
Sections of the service that will probably require modification are
We do not require credit, though a small mention of
iwgonline.org would certainly be appreciated,
and if you find these materials helpful, please
let us know.
For sermons and other commentaries by our clergy supporters, please
visit our pulpit page.
The service is based around
I Have a Dream
and Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Dr. King.
At the original service a collection was taken for the
Southern Poverty Law Center,
the text here says "[Insert Charity]"; you should obviously change it
to whatever organization (if any) you hold a collection for.
The Hymns used are "Lift Every Voice and Sing", "We Shall Not Give Up
the Fight", "Let Justice Flow Like Streams", and "We Shall Overcome"
all which may be found in the "New Century Hymnal" published by the
United Church of Christ (numbers
593, 437, 558 and 570 respectively). Please don't forget to change
names and numbers in both texts if using different hymns or a different
The bulletin lists a prelude, offeratory, and postlude. In the
original service they were piano renditions of Sim Shalom,
Samuel Barber's Adagio, and Glory, Glory Hallelujah.
There is a section of the text that refers to past events and how long ago
they occurred. Those sections should probably be updated.
The text refers to four worship readers/leaders. Leader1,
Leader2, Leader3, and Leader4. Leader1 should probably be from
the host congregation. In both files you should replace those designations
with the actual names of the people running the service.
No text is provided for an introduction.
The order of worship calls for
a gathering in a circle for prayer, and the use of a prayer bowl.
You may need to change that section.