Video: St George's honors Dr. King's legacy with song and dance
Submitted by Dan Mitchell on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:38pm
On Sunday, January 18, St. George's celebrated the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special music, preaching and liturgical dance.
The choir led the congregation in singing from the Lift Every Voice hymnal and traditional African American spirituals. Using the text from the letter written by Dr. King while he was imprisoned in a Birmingham jail, Deacon Intern Ken Boccino preached that the work is not done as we hear the stories coming from Ferguson and Staten Island and the continued struggles for marriage equality and economic justice. Yet we still must remember the hope rising from his "I Have a Dream"speech in order to continue moving forward. As heard during the Old testament reading, we will reach that "land of milk and honey" promised to Moses as he lead the Israelites from Egypt.
Finally, Vanessa Aiken along with two teen parishioners performed a liturgical dance to "Wade in the Water", the signature piece from Alvin Ailey's Relevations. Just as Dr. King was a strong man anchored by his family and faith, this meditative piece capped the spirit-filled service by providing the necessary joy and inspiration as the church community emptied to face the future challenges, both individually and collectively.