17 Jan Celebrating Dr. King’s Birthday
Read John 3:16-17
Thought for the Day: “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
As children, the first Bible verse we learned was John 3:16. The verse that declared God’s plan of salvation begins with six very important words, “For God so loved the world”. Jesus’ words declare that every person is created in the image of God.
On April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his Letter from Birmingham Jail explaining that injustice can never be tolerated. Dr. King put it this way, “I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, let’s remember that it is impossible to understand God’s love without seeing His love for those who are denied justice. As Christians, we must do everything we can to speak out whenever anyone is denied any of their God-given rights. It is also necessary to remember that because sin is a reality due to the Fall, the struggle for racial reconciliation continues.
This January, our United Methodist Women had planned a lunch for a Sunday after church to remember and honor Dr. King. Amy Winston (a Federal Employee from Taunton) was scheduled to be our speaker. Amy is known to some in our congregation as she was part of our Be the Bridge program. Due to the COVID surge this month, this lunch was rescheduled. The new date is Sunday, February 27th following our 10:30 am service. We strongly encourage our congregation to attend this lunch as we learn how to better live out Dr. King’s dream!
Your FCC Pastoral Staff