Service Bulletin

Sunday, January 14 at 10:15 a.m. Church Gathering with Rev. Dr. Steve Morgan

Today’s service may be viewed on Facebook Live Stream at this link in the comfort of your own home or in person in the sanctuary.  Join us!

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Gathering Music                                  Polly Dunford                

Welcome and Announcements           Jason Harding

Opening Refections Responsive Reading  

Quotations from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
Washington National Cathedral, March 31, 1968

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
Strength to Love, 1963

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964

"Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in."
March for Integrated Schools, April 18, 1959

"I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against it not in anger but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and above all with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as a moral example to the world."
Anti-War Conference, Los Angeles, California, February 26, 1967

"If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective."
Christmas sermon, Atlanta, Georgia, 1967

"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."
Letter from Birmingham, Alabama jail, April 16, 1963

"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits."
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964

"It is not enough to say 'We must not wage war.' It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace."
Anti-War Conference, Los Angeles, California, February 25, 1967

"Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies."
New York City, April 4, 1967

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."
Stride Toward Freedom, 1958

Opening Hymn         “We Shall Overcome” Hymnal #379

1)  We shall overcome; we shall overcome; we shall overcome someday.

Refrain:  O, deep in my heart I do believe we shall overcome someday!

2)  We’ll walk hand in hand; we’ll walk hand in hand; we’ll walk hand in hand someday. Refrain

3)  We shall all be free; we shall all be free; we shall all be free someday.  Refrain

4)  We shall live in peace; we shall live in peace; we shall live in peace someday.


Message     “Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.:”            Rev. Dr. Steve Morgan

                                   ---  incorporating Amos 5:21-24   —

Ordination and Installation of New Elders                 Rev. Nancy Blakely

                                                                                        Karen Manley                                                                              Prayers of the People

Closing Hymn and Offertory                “Lift Every Voice and Sing”            Hymnal #339

1)  Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty.

Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies; let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;

sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on, till victory is won.

2)  Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, felt in the days when hope unborn had died.

Yet, with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our parents sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered;

we have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

3)  God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;

thou who hast by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;

lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;

shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand, true to our God, true to our native land.



Shalom       (“May you be well and whole and in communion with all creation.”)

                          Shalom, my friends, Shalom, my friends, Shalom, Shalom.

                            Till we meet again, Till we meet again, Shalom, Shalom.


Calendar of Service -

January 21 - Dr. Keith Ray

January 28 - Dr. Keith Ray


The next Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology event is Sunday, January 14 at 3 pm will be Rev. Gretta vosper of West Hill Untied Church of Canada.

  1. Join the in-person “watch party” at the Anderson County Library (Rooms B&C) to view with a group (and snacks!) - No registration necessary.  This is a great option if you want to meet and talk with fellow progressives.

  2. view at home alone - Zoom registration required at

  3. Create your own satellite “watch party” with friends - Zoom registration required at

February 4 - Potluck Hymn Sunday - Pick a hymn, write its name and number on the paper provided, and put your completed paper in the basket on the Communion table.


PAWS is currently in need of blankets.  Please bring them to church if you have donations.


The Bible Study Group (BSG) meets Mondays at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Dave Johnson is guiding us through the book of Exodus. If you’d like to be added to the Zoom invite list then contact Cynthia at We’d love to have newcomers!


Joanne reminds us all to keep up the food donations for AIM (Anderson Interfaith Ministries)!  Bring your non-perishable items to the church.  This is an on-going need that should become part of everyone’s shopping routine.


Are you interested in becoming a member of NACCP?  Would you like to make this community your spiritual home?  Please contact Keith at or at 864-508-1530.


Remember in prayer:  Linda McFall; Bonnie Marsden and son Michael; Jackie Moore; Glennie Burns; Mary Alice Mundy; Jason Harding; Madison Bishop (Whitney’s niece); Latha and Cheryl Semones; Immigrant families; Victims of all violence, oppression, and injustice; People of Ukraine; People of Israel and Palestine.

NACCP is an inclusive Faith Community that values questions

and the journey to the answers.

Ministry Leader: Dr. Keith Ray

Pianist and Choir Director: Polly Dunford

Mailing address: P.O. Box 4346, Anderson, SC 29622

Phone: 864-225-3575


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