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Worship: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday & Black History Month

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Full Liturgies

offers a full Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday worship service created and led by African American Minneapolis-based clergy and leaders

Rev. Elsa Cook offers a full worship service of ideas in Pandemic Prayers for Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday and, in 2022, Prayers to Celebrate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which recognizes the Archbishop as King's "heir".

enfleshed artists create powerful, contextually-informed, theologically progressive Liturgy that Matters, based on the RCL.

Tear Down The Walls     Openings

Both from Plural Guild and appropriate for honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ongoing work of racial equity.


The Many's Those Who Dream is a beautiful song that can link Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream to the dreams of Mary, Joseph, the Magi and Jesus. Two videos to share: their own or the one they created with A Sanctified Art - both are powerful.

Liturgical Elements

Cole Arthur Riley's blackliturgies

UMC Discipleship Ministries: Worship Resources for Black History Month

Ritual-Inspiring Books

Psalms from Prison (Chavis)     Rebels, Despots, and Saints: The Ancestors Who Free Us and The Ancestors We Need to Free