Gloria Ford:Remembering the power of the resurrection
“And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.”
Hope you have had a lovely Easter weekend, which included a wonderful Resurrection Sunday.
As we traveled to Sunrise Services before the breaking of the dawn, my mind went back over 2,000 years ago to the power of the resurrection, then to my role in the Passion Play at Heritage USA over 20 years ago.
During the play and after the crucifixion, Jesus was placed in the tomb and a gigantic stone was placed at the entrance.
The amphitheater, which held thousands, was dark, and hushed as the scripture was read from Isaiah, through resounding speakers, that told about Jesus being wounded for our transgressions.
After the ending of the scriptures there was a loud thundering, earth shattering roar as a brilliant light emitted from the tomb, and in a mist of white smoke, the stone was rolled away.
There stood Jesus in all of His splendor as the crowds erupted into praise and thanksgiving.
Even though it was only a reenactment, and I was a part of it, I still felt the awesomeness of that Sunday morning as if I had been right there to experience the victory over death and the grave, and the wonder of a Savior who went to the cross because God so loved the world.
Asbury United Methodist Church
Those memories gave me reason to celebrate more intensely at Asbury United Methodist Church in the Bloomingvale community where we worshipped together at 6 a.m. with the pastor, Rev. Simon James, presiding. The speaker for the occasion was the Rev. Sellars, retired pastor from St. Paul UME in the Bloomingvale community. His subject for the morning was, “He kept His promise.” Others on program were the Reverends Herman Ford, Jr., Robert Ford, and L. Junior Graham.
After the services, everyone enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in the dining area of the church.
“The Seven Last Words of Jesus” programs were celebrated at various churches on Good Friday.
One of these services was held at Cumberland AME in the Penny Royal community with Licentiate Phillip Lance, Sr., presiding.
The seven speakers were Rev. Daisy Castle, Licentiate Teddy Wilson, yours truly, Rev. Gloria Barr Ford, Rev. Catherine Gibbs, Rev. Lyneatha Drayton, Evangelist Brenda Palmer, and Rev. Carolyn Williams.
The pastor of Cumberland is the Rev. Rose Goodwater.
Mt. Zion AME Church
Reverend Herman Ford, Jr, the pastor, presided over the services at Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community.
Others on the program were Licentiates Jackie Darby and Benjamin Sanders along with Sister Myra Wiggins and Master Michael Wiggins.
Reflections of the 7 last words were given by the stewards of the church: Brother Willie White, Sisters Loretta Alford, Biffitt Brown, Mamie Gamble, Gayle Greene, Shirley Graham, and Brother Olin McCray.
The recognition of visitors was given by the church secretary, Sister Betty Sanders. Mrs. Mary Ervin White was the sponsor of the very fine program.
Chavis AME Church
A Post Resurrection Revival Service was held at Chavis AME Church in the Hemingway community April 9 through 11, with a different worship leader and speaker each night at 7 p.m.
The worship leader for Monday, April 9, was Reverend Kelley Spann, and the speaker was Rev. Deborah Joyner; Tuesdays worship leader was Rev. Herman Ford, Jr., and the speaker was Rev. James Chattine; Wednesday’s worship leader was Rev. Joe Knowlin, and the speaker was Rev. Lewis Dorsey.
Others on program for the three nights of services were the Reverends Elton Rutledge, William McNeil, Patrick Staggers, Peggy Pope, Rubin Smalls, John Sumpter, Dr. M. Charmaine Ragin, Aundry Evans, Sandra Ladson, Barbara Nelson, Alfred Darby, Rose Goodwater, Robert Ford, Jr., Timothy Cooper, Brenda Blackstock and Carl Anderson.
Presiding Elder, Rosalyn G. Coleman of the Georgetown District, and coordinator of the program, presented the preacher each night. Rev. Elton Rutledge was the host pastor.
Shiloh AME Church
“A Celebration of Crowns of Women in Church Hats” will be held at Shiloh AME Church, 4995 South Fraser St., Highway 17, on Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m.
Sister Vergie Tennison, and First Lady, Doris Knowlin, the co-chairpersons says, “Come partake with us in a parade of extraordinary headdress and a delightful lunch!”
They don’t want to leave the men out, so men, “come and model your finest head wear.”
For more information, call 843-527-4075 or 843-546-1865. Rev. Joe Knowlin is the pastor.
St. Paul AME Church
A mother/daughter workshop will be held on Saturday, May 5, at St. Paul AME Church in the Sampit community at 11:30 a.m., with Mrs. Susan Carolina, Georgetown District Health Director of the AME Church, in charge.
The workshop is for mothers, daughters and guardians of girls ages 10 and above.
The registration fee is $5, and due to mature subject matter; parental consent must be signed at the time of registration.
The attire is black and white (no jeans, please), and lunch will be served.
The deadline for registration is April 20, and you may call 843-527-1847, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rev. Kelly Spann is the pastor.
Andrews Branch of the NAACP
We would like to thank Rev. William McNeil, president of the Andrews Branch of the NAACP, and members, for a very fine annual banquet on Saturday, April 7, at 6 p.m. at the Jerusalem Baptist Center.
The theme was, “Togetherness Yields Success” Participants included Rev. McNeil, presiding; Misters Michael James, Jerome Johnson, The Honorable Rodney Giles, Mayor of Andrews, Rev. Wallace McKnight, life member of the Andrews Branch, Mr. Samuel Marsh, former president, along with soloists Misses Jacque Williams and Jannett Griffin.
Special presentations were given by Sisters Margaret Hughes and Jacqueline Means. (continued next Friday)
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the elderly, the misunderstood, the incarcerated, our children, the unemployed, the homeless, our physicians, office workers, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq and their families back home, innocent victims in war torn lands, and for each other.
May God bless you to have a wonderful day today, and extended days.
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