STEUBENVILLE — Attendees had been inspired to “stay hope alive” right through the once a year Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Saturday on the Sycamore Adolescence Heart.
That encouragement got here from Jim Baber, president of the Steubenville Martin Luther King Jr. Affiliation, which has hosted the breakfast for many years. Baber was once joined via native pastors and ministers, who shared prayers and speeches on behalf of the neighborhood and in honor of King and his lasting civil rights legacy.
Recognized for providing King-themed essay scholarships for Steubenville Town College scholars, the affiliation marketed the 2024 theme of the Jan. 15 MLK vacation: “Moving the cultural local weather in the course of the learn about and observe of Kingian nonviolence.” A banner bearing the theme and King’s face was once displayed in the back of the audio system’ podium.
The Rev. Benjamin L. Calvert II, exposure co-chair for the affiliation, acted as grasp of ceremonies. He started the development via reciting a prayer presented via King on Aug. 27, 1965, pronouncing, “O God … forgive us for what we may have been however did not be. Give us the intelligence to grasp thy will, … the braveness to do thy will … (and) the devotion to like thy will.”
Calvert thanked Bobbyjon Bauman, director of the Sycamore Adolescence Heart, for permitting the affiliation to make use of the middle’s fellowship corridor for the breakfast. He famous that the venue was once becoming, as church basements performed a significant position as assembly puts right through the early civil rights Motion.
The Rev. James Brown learn from Psalm 103, which starts with “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all this is inside of me, bless his holy title.” Later on, evangelist Barbara Christian presented a prayer for the neighborhood, claiming “entire and absolute victory over the forces of darkness within the title of Jesus.”
Minister Katrina King presented the following prayer for early life, starting via making a song Philippians 4:13 — “I will be able to do all issues thru Christ who strengthens me.” King, who recalled collaborating in civil rights marches in Youngstown when she was once younger, decried nowadays’s society, which she mentioned permits and encourages substance abuse amongst early life. The one strategy to save you society’s corruption of stripling is to “watch and pray,” King mentioned.
King indexed more than a few Biblical “heroes” who had been younger and achieved grand feats. She mentioned of the ones examples: “Will we hold forth that in order that our younger folks know how treasured they’re in nowadays’s society, in maximum cultures?”
Subsequent was once Bauman, who prayed for the country and its political leaders, pronouncing, “We pray that you just (God) flip their hearts to the Lord (and that they) make selections that honor your phrase.”
The breakfast’s keynote speaker was once the Rev. Mark Boyd Sr., a third-generation preacher and the pastor of Higher Zion Temple Circle of relatives Worship Heart in Steubenville. Boyd mentioned in his speech that there’s a necessity in nowadays’s society for the unfold of hope and team spirit, in particular amongst Christians.
Boyd recited portions of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. He described his personal dream as a religious chief, which incorporated the imaginative and prescient that “our sanctuaries will probably be crammed as soon as once more, no longer best with parishioners but additionally (with) what is correct.”
Boyd described the dream of Jacob from the Bible’s e-book of Genesis, Bankruptcy 28. Within the bankruptcy, Jacob desires of a ladder to heaven surrounded via angels “ascending and descending” to and from heaven, which Boyd mentioned represents God’s messengers handing over to him the prayers of folks on Earth.
“Dr. King had a dream. All folks on this room have private desires,” Boyd mentioned. “God hears your prayers and he is aware of what dream you’ve been dreaming. For people that have given up for your dream, get again on it.”
Carol Ann Simmons, affiliation exposure co-chair, indexed upcoming occasions for the affiliation, together with an MLK early life program on Jan. 13 on the Sycamore Adolescence Heart; an ecumenical memorial carrier at Calvary Pentecostal Church, 255 N. 5th St., at 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 and MLK reflections on the Martin Luther King Heart, 905 Marketplace St., at 9 a.m. on Jan. 15.
Breakfast was once catered via the Soulful Spoon Diner, situated at 205 S. Fourth St. in Steubenville. Calvert inspired attendees to make use of “the facility of the buck” and beef up native Black companies just like the diner as a way to additional the battle for justice.
Become independent from the scheduled audio system, affiliation vp Paul Rue commented on how he changed into concerned with the affiliation about two decades in the past. He was once drawn to sign up for because of King’s message of “freedom and fairness for all,” which he mentioned isn’t as found in nowadays’s tradition.
“All of us have one thing to be told (from King),” Rue mentioned, “and we need to get up for our proper to talk.”