Monday Morning Offering: Martin Luther King Day

Morning Coffee: George Mendoza

A song to accompany today's Monday Morning Offering...

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We Shall Overcome by the Morehouse College Glee Club

By the power of your saving love, Lord,
help our nation overcome 
the bias that divides us, 
the bigotry bred by mistrust
and the pain that comes of prejudice...

Let us never for a moment 
pretend to love you - and at the same time
ignore, mistreat or abandon 
    our neighbors, brothers and sisters all, near and far,     
    one family, children of one Father,            
    one in Christ our brother,
    blessed by our diversity, yours in our humanity...

In the depths of our hearts, Lord, 
help us overcome 
    our racism, our prejudice and partiality,
    our bias and our bigotry,
    our narrow-minded thinking
    and all the ways we rush to judgment...
Help us overcome 
    our pride, our self-importance,
    our undeserved privileges and rights,
    our denial of what's fact, what's true,
    our careless disregard of others' pain and plight...

And, Lord, help us overcome the thought
    that we're above all this,
the temptation to believe
    that no such faults are ours...
Help us overcome 
    and move beyond the status quo
    and all that keeps us from real change;
free us from inertia's grip
    paralyzing progress  
    and keeping things the way they've always been... 
Help us overcome 
    what keeps us apart,
    what discriminates and segregates,
    what separates and divides us,
    what keeps us from being one nation,
        under your rule, Lord,
    one indivisible nation 
        with equal liberty and equal justice - for all...

That's what we pray this morning, Lord,
and that's all we have to offer you:
    our plea that you help us do
        what we have not done ourselves,
        what we cannot do on our own,
        what we cannot do without your help,
            your grace, your strength and your blessing...




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