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Love continues in MLK service

Love continues in MLK service
Love continues in MLK service
Jewel Brown, center, one of the original organizers of the MLK service in Corydon, claps to a song by Another Blessing singing group. At her left is Trish Beddoe, another one of the organizers who also helped with this year's service. Photo by Ross Schulz

The 30th annual Ecumenical Tribute service to Martin Luther King Jr. continued its mission of love Sunday afternoon at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Corydon.
Father Robert Hankee, of St. Joseph’s, welcomed the sparse crowd of a little more than 50 in the church’s sanctuary.
‘God has given us a winter wonderland today, but the fires of the holy spirit will be burning bright in here,’ he said.
Before keynote speaker Father John T. Judie of Louisville ‘ a frequent participant of the event ‘ took to the pulpit, the sanctuary echoed with the famous words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream’ speech recited by Duane Nathaniel.
The St. Joseph Bilingual Choir, directed by Winnie Mikeska, and ‘Another Blessing’ singing group from Irvington, Ky., entertained.
‘It is more than a blessing to be here one more time for this annual occasion,’ Judie said.
After leading the attendees in singing ‘Victory Is Mine’, Judie told of his experience watching the film ‘The Passion of Christ.’
Before watching the movie, he said he read various reviews and perspectives about it.
‘As I sat and watched this movie for myself, I realized (reading the reviews) was a complete waste of my time,’ he said. ‘I realized the fact that not one article I read hit on the essential message of what this film is all about.’
Judie said Jesus endured all of that pain and anguish out of love for all of us.
‘To save us from our sins,’ he said.
Jesus came to battle with the power of evil for our sake, Judie said, and to confront and defeat Satan himself.
Judie said for every person who has ever pointed a gun at another and pulled the trigger or every person who has pointed a sharp object and harmed someone or attacked or destroyed a person’s life in any way, now has the power to become what they were meant to be: made in the image and likeness of God himself.
Judie said so much of the violence in today’s homes leads to violence in the streets. He blamed ‘glorified’ violence on TV, movies and video games that ‘curse rather than care, scandalize rather than sanctify and tear down rather than build up.’
‘We need to take a long look at ourselves and say, ‘No more’,’ he said. ‘We need to look Satan and sin in the eye and say, ‘No more’.’
Jewel Brown, who has been the ‘rock and the cement’ of the celebration, according to Sunday’s program, thanked all of those who attended and participated.
Before moving into the parish hall for a light meal and refreshments, the Rev. Robert Watkins of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church said the closing prayer.