April 8 at the 10:15 a.m. service
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, St. Martin’s choir will sing an adaptation of one of his favorite hymns: “Precious Lord, take my hand.” If you visit the Lorraine motel in Memphis today, you will hear this hymn playing as you view the room where Martin Luther King, Jr. died. The hymn was written by Thomas Dorsey in 1932. Dorsey, who was choir director of Chicago’s Pilgrim Baptist Church, was singing at a revival meeting in St. Louis, when he received word that his wife and newborn son had died. Deep in despair, Dorsey wrote the words to this immortal hymn, hoping that this song would lift people out of darkness and give them hope. After Dr. King’s death in 1968, words were adapted to the familiar hymn by Joyce Merman to honor him. This Sunday, you will hear the adapted hymn:
Precious Lord, take my hand, bring me home through the night;
Through the dark, through the storm, to Thy Light….
I have seen the promised land…Precious Lord, take my hand.