Martin Luther King Day, Call to Worship — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Martin Luther King Day is observed in the USA on the third Monday of January.

This morning we remember dreams and dreamers.

Joseph, Jesus’ father, dreamt about uncertainty.

We, too, know the uncertainty of dreaming. May we, like Joseph, respond in faith.

Mary, Jesus’ mother, dreamt about a child, a new beginning.

We, too, dream of new beginnings. May we, like Mary, respond in hope.

The Magi dreamt about going home by a different way.

We, too, know how dreams can alter our plans. May we, like the Magi, respond with our feet.

There have been many dreams, many dreamers. Today we remember Martin Luther King Jr. who dreamed of justice rolling down like the waters, of a beloved community where all people find kinship, belonging, dignity and love.

We, too, dream of justice and your beloved community. May we, like Dr. King, respond with our voices, with our lives and in your love.

Awaken us to our dreams, Holy God — and to your voice speaking from within them.

Awaken us to your world, Holy God — and to the places where our greatest joy can meet the world’s greatest need.