You send us prophets and martyrs to awaken us to your demand
that we purge ourselves of injustice, oppression, and hatred:
we remember before You today our beloved brother,
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strengthen us to work for economic justice, O God,
remembering the 47 million of our fellow citizens
who live below the poverty line,
fifty years after Dr. King's death.
Almighty One, may Earth and heaven ring
with songs of justice and brotherhood,
and may we bring to reality the dream of collaboration and equality for all,
renouncing racism, fear, and hatred.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit,
may we become a resurrection people,
bringing to life the Beloved Community
in which all are seen as precious in your sight,
and therefore in ours, Lord Christ.
May we seek always to support and encourage each other
in the work of your justice and peace, O Lord,
that the Spirit guide all our steps.
United by your promises of mercy,
bless and keep us this day, Lord Christ,
and bless those for whom we pray.