“O Lord, we pray, speak in this place, in the calming of our minds, the longing of our hearts, by the words of my lips and in the thoughts we form. Speak, O Lord, for your servants are listening. Amen!”
This year, Freedom First International and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Chicago and many other partners, arrange this program to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program theme this year is Change for the King, we want to explore -what we learn in our society and what shapes us as we negotiate the diverse world that surrounds us.
“Taste and see” does not mean, “Check out God’s credentials.” Instead, it is a warm invitation: “Try this; I know you’ll like it.” When we take the first step of obedience in following God, we cannot help discovering that He is good and kind. When we begin the Christian life, our knowledge of God is partial and incomplete. As we trust Him daily, we experience how good He is.
For Jews the highest human authority was the high priest. For us Christians, the highest human authorities were God’s messengers, the apostles. Jesus, God’s Messenger and High Priest, is the ultimate authority in the church.
Our Best Defense
In late January 1956, during the tense days of the Montgomery Boycott, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. could not sleep. A threatening phone call had terrified him. So he prayed, “I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter, I am at the end of my powers….I can’t face it alone.”
The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr., the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the Mass conducted on January 11, 2015.
Christmas – that time of the year when the courtrooms are once again filled with the not-so-merry sounds of lawyers arguing about rather nativity scenes violate someone’s civil rights or whether Christmas carols can be sung at a school concert.
The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr., the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the midnight Mass on December 25th, 2014.
Selma is the story of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.