This Sunday’s Communion Anthem and final hymn are in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is remembered nationally this weekend. If I Can Help Somebody was known as one of his favorite hymns and speaks very clearly his message of selflessness, peace, and love. Featured as soloist will be Chase Wheeler. Lift Every Voice and Sing, commonly referred to as the “Black American National Anthem,” has become a beloved hymn throughout the world whose lyrics, composed by James W. Johnson, were first read as part of a celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1900 by 500 school children at the segregated school where Johnson served as principal. The poem was later set to music by Johnson’s brother John in 1905 and in 1919 was hailed as the “Negro National Anthem” by the NAACP. The song became a battle cry for civil rights in the 1960’s and continues to move and stir the hearts of mankind with its powerful message of deliverance from fear and oppression and hope for the future.