Prayer for Peace
Delivered by Rev. Kim Wells
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service
Sunday January 17, 2016
Maximo Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg, FL
As we gather this day, we join our hearts in our desire for peace: Peace that is not just the absence of immediate threat, but peace in which justice reigns, all life is sacred, and the earth is revered.
We unite in our intention for peace rooted in human rights and civil rights for all people:
Where all live in safety and security,
all have meaningful work and fair pay,
where all are free to love, marry, and raise a family with whomever they choose,
where everyone has the opportunity to be creative,
and to enjoy recreation and self-determination,
where those who are vulnerable have access to needed resources.
We envision a world of peace where there is no discrimination and no privilege based on color, education, class, how you were born, language, or culture.
We gather our hearts in celebration of peace where all people thrive and flourish in a context of mutual respect and dignity. This is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived for and died for. May we, too, live for this dream. And may we love peace so much that we, too, are willing to die for it. May it be so. Amen.