Celebrate King Sunday

January 4, 2016

King Sunday Schedule

11:15 am - Celebration
Celebrate the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with our two choirs and The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis preaching. The Middle Church Choir, the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir, and special guests will help lead an unforgettable worship celebration.

King Day Soul Brunch (vegetarian)
After morning worship

1:15 pm - King Sunday Teach-In
Join us for "Healing in the Clearing: Lessons on Wholeness and Shalom from Toni Morrison's Beloved," a teach-in for all our Adult Education and Third Sunday Small Groups. This important conversation will help us talk about the healing of black bodies and the importance of that healing to make shalom for our nation.

5 pm - A Concert for the Beloved Community 

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Celebrate King with Gospel, Pop, Spirituals and Classical Music
On Sunday, January 17, at 5 pm, Broadway actors, recording artists and celebrated singers from the Middle Church Choir and the Middle Community Chorus will offer gospel, pop, spirituals and classical music to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Readings of Dr. King will be read by interfaith leaders during the concert. Tickets for “A Concert for the Beloved Community” are $20 and can be purchased at bitly.com/MLK-2016. Or contribute what you are able at the door. 

Soloists include Broadway and Metropolitan Opera actress Janinah Burnett, Broadway’s Branch Woodman, recording artists Alexander BlaqqStar (also known as Alex Bertrand-Price) and Kevin Scott Hall, and theatre veterans Allison Mickelson and Madge Dietrich. The senior minister of Middle Church and Host of Just Faith on MSNBC.com, Jacqui Lewis, will also be a featured soloist. The Middle Community Chorus is known for their diverse gospel repertoire and will be directed by Tami Petty. The Middle Church band will also perform.

The song selection includes:
“Every Valley” from Handel’s Messiah, Robert Hughes, soloist
“We Shall Overcome” Madge Dietrich, soloist
“You Raise Me Up” Branch Woodman, soloist
“Rock-a My Soul” Mark Rehnstrom, soloist
“Glory” from the Movie Selma, Alex Bertrand-Price, soloist
“With You I’m Born Again” Kevin Scott Hall and Jacqui Lewis, soloists
“Lean on Me” Joslyn King and Allison Mickelson, soloists
“My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” Janinah Burnett, soloist
“Ella’s Song” Jacqui Lewis, soloist

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin of Central Synagogue, Rabbi Burt Visotsky of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and veteran actress and Middle Church elder Cheryl Cochran will offer readings from Dr. King.

There is a sliding scale for tickets. Contribute what you can. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Middle Church's work for racial reconciliation.


For info about MLK Weekend of Service, including volunteer opportunities, visit Habitat for Humanity NYC.
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