God of our forebears and our God,
who has summoned women and men
throughout the ages to be thy witnesses
and sometimes martyrs for thee,
we bow before thee this day in remembrance
and thanksgiving for the life and legacy of thy servant,
witness and martyr,
the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We thank thee for his time among us,
for his words and for his deeds,
and for the quality of his living witness
which eases the pain of recalling the brevity of his years.
We rejoice in his example of obedient faith
and the scenes and stations of his life which inform
and enrich our own faith journeys.
And we beseech thee this day for the strength,
steadfastness and courage not only to remember
but also to obey.
- Dr. Randolph Nugent
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music,
or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that
all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say,
here lived a great streetsweeper
who did his job well.
-Martin Luther King, Jr