By Rose L. Thayer

Killeen Daily Herald

Nearly every seat of the Rivers of Living Water Church was filled Sunday afternoon for the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worship service.

Presented by the Greater Killeen Pastors Fellowship, the service is to honor King where the civil rights movement began - in the church.

"It's a day of celebration, but it's also a day of reflection that allows us to take stock of where we are as a community, a city, a state and a country and determine how we can better further Dr. King's dream," said Bishop Darryl Shaw, pastor of Rivers of Living Water.

Guest speaker Rev. Joel Gregory, professor of preaching at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University spoke about "boldy going, where no man had gone before."

"Those words were spoken by Capt. Kirk. They were spoken in 1966," said Gregory during his sermon, making reference to the TV show, "Star Trek." "The fact is Capt. Kirk and Spock never went anywhere, except the television studio. I find it ironic that while they were saying that in television fiction, that a man who's name and legacy we honor here, was alive in 1966 and doing just that."

He paralleled the bravery of King to go forward into the unknown, to that of Peter in Acts, chapter 10, when he, a Jew, went into the home or Cornelius, a gentile.

Gregory said both King and Peter were willing to just get up and go, trusting God.

"When Dr. King walk forward, he never knew what the next day or night held for him or his family, but he walked forward," said Gregory. "This country has before it an enormous agenda to finish the work that Dr. King started. But he lived and died with the confidence we may live with and die with, that God is a God of divine prearrangement."

During the service, an offering was taken to benefit the Hope Pregnancy Center.

"We were born to be free," said Rev. David G. Reynolds, pastor of Greater Vision Community Church. "Today we want to help someone else be free. That we might be able to help a life happen and help keep a life going."

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463.

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