First Baptist Church

of Birmingham, Michigan

(248) 644-0550

300 Willits Street
Birmingham, Michigan

Providing Leadership in This Morning’s Service:

Senior Pastor: Pastor Scott Runyon

Organist/Director of Music: Myra Trask

Bell Choir Director: Judy Phillips

Worship Leader: Pastor Scott Runyon
Ushers: Harriet Stewart, Glenn Craig, Henry Nabors, Jackie Erhardt

Sound Technicians: Scott Ritchie, Will Olsen

Church Administrator: Leslie Jaquez  

Music reproduced with permission of One license A-604859.  All rights reserved

Worship Bulletin

Enter to Worship

Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ ​10:30am

WELCOME!  First Baptist Church of Birmingham is a congregation committed to being good neighbors to all we encounter.  We recognize that all people have wounds to be healed, gifts to offer, questions to ask, and stories to share, regardless of affiliation, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, finances, or ability.  We are a community of people who have chosen love over judgement and hostility.  We are committed to listen, care, welcome, and challenge.  We extend to you a generous welcome today!

Prelude:         “Dove Of Peace” (Edwin T. Childs)


Prayer For Peace

Responsive Affirmation Of Peace
Leader: This work of peace is hard.  It is demanding and time consuming.  But, it must  be done.  Will we recommit ourselves to working for peace and justice.
People: This work can sometimes be divisive, driving wedges between people.  But, this work asks us to stick together.
Leader: This work for peace and justice is more effective when we embrace and respect how we are different.
People: This work requires creativity.  It demands that we push ourselves to look for new possibilities and break out of the status quo.
Leader: This work for peace and justice requires faith and hope that a better tomorrow is possible.  We dedicate ourselves to find sources of faith and hope in our lives.
People: This work for peace and justice needs inner peace.  We commit ourselves to promoting peace both within and without.

Birmingham Community

“Peace originates from being capable of contributing the best that you have, and all that you are, toward making a world that supports all. But it’s also securing the space for others to put in the best that all that they are and they have.”  -MLK

“If you desire to make peace with your opponent, you must work with them. You’re your enemy becomes your partner.”  -MLK


“Let There Be Peace On Earth”

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me                                                           

Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be                                            

With God as our Creator, children all are we                                                                       

Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony

Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now                                                     

With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow                                                            

To take each moment and live each moment, In peace eternally                                                                                                                 

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me

Light A Candle For Peace

Oakland County Community

“Peace doesn’t rest in the covenants and charters alone. It lies in the minds and hearts of all individuals. So allow us not to rest all our hopes on paper and on parchment, allow us struggle to build peace, a wish for peace, an enthusiasm to work for peace in the minds and hearts of all of our individuals. I believe that we can do so. I believe the issues of human fate are not further than the reach of human beings.”  -MLK


“Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace”  - Choir

Make me a channel of your peace                                                                                 

Where there is hatred let me bring your love                                                                  

Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord                                                                            

And where there's doubt, true faith in you

Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek                                                                                

So much to be consoled as to console                                                                                     

To be understood as to understand                                                                                     

To be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace                                                                                    

Where there's despair in life let me bring hope                                                               

Where there is darkness, only light                                                                                         

And where there's sadness, ever joy

Make me a channel of your peace                                                                                           

t is in pardoning that we are pardoned                                                                                    

In giving to all men that we receive                                                                                    

And in dying that we're born to eternal life

Light A Candle For Peace

Michigan Community

“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal.  We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.”  -MLK

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.”     -MLK


“We Shall Overcome”

We Shall overcome, we shall overcome, we shall overcome someday!                             

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe that we shall overcome some day!

We’ll walk hand in hand                                                                                                   

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe that we shall overcome some day!

We shall live in peace                                                                                                         

Oh, deep in my heart I do believe that we shall overcome some day!

Light A Candle For Peace

United States Community

“Peace doesn’t mean a dearth of conflicts; dissimilarities will always be present. Peace denotes solving such issues through peaceful means; through education, dialogue, knowledge; and through humane manners.”  -MLK

“What type of peace do you seek? Not a Pax American implemented on the world by American armaments of war. Not the peace of the grave or the safety of the slave. I am speaking about real peace, the type of peace that makes life on soil worth living, the type that allows nations and men to grow and to expect to construct a better life for their kids . . . not just peace in the present time but the kind of peace for all time.’’  -MLK


 “Put Peace In Each Other’s Hands”

Put peace into each other’s hands and like a treasure hold it; protect it like a candle flame, with tenderness enfold it.
Put peace into each other’s hands, with loving expectation; be gentle in your words and ways, in touch with God’s creation.
Put peace into each other’s hands, like bread we break for sharing; look people warmly in the eye: our life is meant for caring.

Light A Candle For Peace

World Community

“Violence never brings permanent peace.  It wolves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.  Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all.  It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding:  it seeks to annihilate rather than convert.  Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.  It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible.  It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue.  Violence ends up defeating itself.  It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”  -MLK


“Go Now In Peace”

Go now in peace; though friends must part,             

your presence lives in every heart.                                                                                 

Your gifts to us no words can tell:     

go now in peace, in Christ go well.

Go now in hope, and hopeful stay,                  

though shadowed valleys hide your way;  

through good and evil, joy and pain, 

with God, in Spirit, you remain.

Go now in faith, through time and chance,                                                                             

until we join the wedding dance                                                                                               

as partners of the Three-in-One,  

where all is ended, and begun.                                                                                 

Light A Candle For Peace

Hope For A Future Of Peace

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…  I believe that the unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”  -MLK

“Go Now In Peace”


Go now in peace, Go now in peace, May the love of God surround you Everywhere, everywhere you may go

All (repeat three times):

Go now in peace, Go now in peace, May the love of God surround you Everywhere, everywhere you may go

Closing Blessing



The flowers today are given in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday by Dave Brault and Leona Frost.