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When asked what the Civil Rights Movement would have been without its songs, New Orleans vocalist Michaela Harrison closed her eyes and shook her head, demonstrating her difficulty even fathoming such a thing. “Ooooh,” she said, “I can’t imagine what the movement would have been without the music. I can’t say that answer because I don’t know. But I don’t think it would have been effective without the music. Because the music is really what mobilized people, united people. It’s what sustained the people. Kept people inspired.”


While “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is technically not a song of the Civil Rights Movement, it is a part of the fusion between religious and political aspirations that had a long and honored place in African American music. Sometimes referred to as “The African American Nation Anthem,” it was written in 1899 as a poem by James Weldon Johnsons (1871-1938), distinguished author, poet, educator, politician, and early civil rights activist, who was for many years a leader in the NAACP and a promoter of the Harlem Renaissance. The poem was set to music in 1900 by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954). The first stanza is a call to sing. The second stanza recalls the difficult journey from a gloomy past. The third stanza is a prayer. Let us sing this song proudly as we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this weekend. (Excerpts taken from The Times Picayne and What So Proudly We Hail and their online counterparts.)

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Daily Bible Verse

17 October 2019

  • Acts 17:22-34

    22Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship,

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Collecting Food for the Hungry and Homeless

As the weather begins to change, life for those who are hungry and homeless becomes even more difficult. Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the baskets at the sanctuary entrance. The food we collect will be taken to the food pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lower Eastside.

 

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We offer brief healing services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month. These are powerful times of anointing and prayer. They are held in the sanctuary after the 11 AM service.

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