On Tuesday January 22nd Cristo Rey St. Martin students experienced a prayer service quite different from what they have come to expect in typical Catholic religious services. In celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Cristo Rey St. Martin invited the First Baptist Church of North Chicago to lead a worship service in the tradition of the A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal Church).
CRSM’s own Dean Edmonds, an ordained minister and pastor of Eternal Flame A.M.E. Church in North Chicago, directed the service. Reverend Lee Zachary Maxey, pastor at First Baptist Church was the guest speaker.
Reverend Maxey spoke to the student body about the lesser known details of Dr. King’s early life, relating his challenges to the obstacles that CRSM students will face. His admiration for the clear goals embraced by his audience was evident when he stated, “No one should stand in the way of the goals you have embraced here at Cristo Rey – and remember, Dr. King said everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.”
Three guest musical performers, Reverend Terrell Winfrey on piano, Khalid Jerrigan on saxophone and vocalist Barbara Hopkins turned in striking musical performances supporting Reverend Maxey’s and Dean Edmond’s positive prayers and messages.