On recent mornings, local ministers have gathered to prepare for a performance to bring healing and comfort to the Georgetown community and a local congregation.
On Saturday, February 23, at 6 p.m., the Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church will host “God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse” by James Weldon Johnson.
In the spirit of generosity, healing and Christian love, Rev. Jason Coakley of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Elder Robert Davis of Soul Saving Station, Bishop Dr. Floyd Knowlin of the Lighthouse of Jesus Christ, Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford of Duncan United Methodist Church, Apostle Richard Frasier of Love Chapel of Deliverance Center, Rev. Carl Anderson of St. Stephen AME Church, Bishop John Smith of Greater Bibleway Church, Rev. Charles Johnson of Gospel Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Chris Daigle of Prevailing Purpose Church are volunteering their oratorical skills and services to help the Lighthouse of Jesus Christ and the families of three church members killed in a November 2012 vehicular accident.
"The words written by James Weldon Johnson are just as relevant now as they were in 1927,” says Donald Gilliard, director and producer of God’s Trombones. “We are recovering from the loss of loved ones and the written words by James Weldon Johnson delivered in uplifting voice by these local ministers will offer redemption and a healing spirit like never before.”
On November 14, 2012, Georgetown County, surrounding communities and the Lighthouse Church suffered a tragic loss when Angie Arthur, Edith Jackson and Melvira Johnson were killed and Deacon John Arthur was critically injured in a devastating vehicle accident in Berkeley County. The Georgetown Times cited the incident as one 2012’s top ten local news stories.
The accident’s impact continues to reverberate throughout the local community and beyond as the members lost were employees of local businesses and active in the community.
Elder Robert Davis of Soul Saving Station spoke regarding his participation in the Commemorative event, “I think it is incumbent upon us as pastors and ministers to come together to help and give support after this tragic accident and during this continuing healing process.”
Elder Davis continued by stating, “To Whom much is given; much is expected…so I think it is a imperative that we be a part of this service and the families of the victims know that we care about their physical and emotional well-being.”
In concurrence with Elder Davis, Rev. Carl Anderson of St. Stephen AME church states “…the three families who have suffered such tragic loss…and being an ambassador of Christ and a community leader I feel it is part of my duty to participate in this event. As the scripture, Matthew 5:4 states “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Written in 1927, James Weldon Johnson's classic production “God's Trombones” pays respect to the old-time African American preachers.
Set in a small church, the show acts out seven Scripture lessons interwoven with dance, song, and sermon.
The sermons are performed powerfully by local ministers accompanied by the 40-voice Ted Martin and the Gospel Music Workshop choir and the musicians, Zeb Harrison and Sounds of Praise. Both groups are from Charlotte, N.C.
“This is a great event that the church is doing to unite the community. I am extremely honored to be a part of the program, said Reverend Chris Daigle of Prevailing Purpose Church formerly the Georgetown Community Church.
The ministers will be performing as listed:
• Master of Ceremonies Reverend Joseph Knowlin of Nazareth AME Church
• Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford will recite the “Preface”
• Rev. Charles Johnson will perform “Listen, Lord – A Prayer”
• Elder Robert Davis will perform “The Creation”
• Rev. Jason Coakley will perform the “Prodigal Son”
• Rev. Carl Anderson will perform “Go Down Death – A Funeral Sermon”
• Pastor Chris Daigle will perform “Noah Built the Ark”
• Apostle Richard Frasier will perform “The Crucifixion”
• Bishop John Smith will perform “Let My People Go”
• Bishop Dr. Floyd Knowlin will perform “The Judgment Day”
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased at Blair’s House of Beauty, 1810 Front Street; Aunny’s Restaurant, 926 Front Street; and the Chocolate & Coffee House at the Litchfield Exchange, 14329 Ocean Highway/Highway 17, Pawleys Island.
For more information regarding this event, make donations or to purchase tickets, call 734-834-2114 or 843-240-0432.
— From Marilyn Hemingway
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