Resources for Martin Luther King Day and
Race Relations Sunday
In faithful witness to the love of Christ, the church is committed to confronting the ideology of racism and racial oppression, working to overcome racism with prayer, discernment and worship-based action. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Race Relations Sunday provide opportunities to celebrate the diversity of God's family. Use the worship resources provided below as you plan celebrations in your congregation.
Martin Luther King Day worship resources
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program makes available worship resources for a number of holidays that have dimensions of peace and justice. These resources for Martin Luther King Day may also be used for worship services on themes of race relations.
Martin Luther King Day Liturgy
Order of worship drawn from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other sources.
A chronology of important events in the life of Dr. King.
Presbyterians and civil rights
Discover the legacy of Black Presbyterians
Learn about the contributions of Black Presbyterians as they worked to shape the consciousness of the Presbyterian denomination. Be challenged by their call to be a witness to God’s desire for a just and free society, open and inclusive to all. Listen to the successes and failures experienced by Black Presbyterians in their efforts to become full participants in the household of God.
The DVD, “Black Presbyterians: The Legacy Series,” features three fifteen-minute segments that tell the stories of Black Presbyterians active during the Civil Rights Movement. Watch a video clip and order this DVD.
Resources for Race Relations Sunday
Minute for Mission
A prayer and reflection resource that honors the ordination of racial ethnic women.
Reformadores de Justicia
This sermon by the Rev. Mauricio Chacón celebrates the legacy of Rosa Parks in relation to the Protestant reformers. In Spanish only.