Date and Time
Interfaith Service for Justice and Love


Welcome: Leader1

Call to Worship: Leader2

Leader: I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment,
Congregation: I still have a dream.
Leader: It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
Congregation: I have a dream...
Leader: ...that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ďWe hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.Ē
Congregation: I have a dream...
Leader: ...that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
Congregation: I have a dream...
Leader: ...that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
Congregation: I have a dream...
Leader: ...that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
ALL: I have a dream today.

Hymn #593 Lift Every Voice and Sing

Readings: Leader4, Leader1, Leader3 & Leader2

Why Are We Here Tonight?: Leader3

Hymn # 437 We Shall Not Give Up the Fight

Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Seneca Falls, 1848: Leader1

Excerpt from a Letter from a Birmingham Jail: Leader4

Soulforce: Leader2

Readings: Leader3, Leader1, Leader2 & Leader4

Prayer for Recovery and Renewal

Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord open our ears, that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts, that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one.
---Mother Teresa
Prayer for Peace

This we know, all things are connected, like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
--Chief Seattle
Prayer for the Dead (Kaddish)

Extolled and hallowed be the name of God throughout the world which God has created and governs according to Godís will. Just is God in all ways, and wise are all Godís decrees. May Godís reign come and will be done in all the earth.
Praised be the Lord of Life, the righteous judge, for ever more. Whatsoever praise we would render unto God, howsoever we would adore the Most High, we would yet fail to give God the glory due to Godís great name. Even in the hour of bereavement and sorrow, we feel the majesty of God and will give thanks, for Godís manifold mercies.
May the God of peace send peace to all who mourn and comfort all the bereaved among us. Amen.


Hymn #588 Let Justice Flow Like Streams (carrying the hymnals, gather in a circle at the front of the sanctuary)

Prayers of the People

Hymn #570 We Shall Overcome

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