This beautiful spring Sunday morning brought Longview church-goers from First Baptist Church, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and Red Oak Baptist Church together for a Unity Community Worship Service at the Broughton Recreational Center. The Center was packed wall-to-wall with people of all races, praising and worshiping KING JESUS.
The 3 churches combined their choirs, and sang with angelic voices that touched the hearts and minds of people in attendance. Mount Calvary Baptist Church read the devotion thus: “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! ..For there, the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalms 133).
Reverend Kevin Anthony of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in his welcome address asserted that Christianity has nothing to do with black or white or any other color for that matter. According to Anthony, the salvific work of Jesus, the Messiah, is what binds all Christians together. Without the cross, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the worship service would not have been possible.
Furthermore, Reverend H.C. Rockmore, pastor of Red Oak Baptist Church delivered the opening remarks at which he joyfully exclaimed, “As we were standing and singing ‘When We All Get to Heaven,’ I had a prophecy that when we all get to heaven, this is what it is going to look like.” Rockmore expounded on the importance of the gathering, reminding the audience that despite their human differences, they praised and worshiped King Jesus in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
In addition, Dr. Cary Hilliard, pastor of First Baptist Church delivered a sermon titled,”Are you serving the Kingdom?” He preached about the ten virgins. “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went fourth to meet the bride groom” (Matthew 25:1).
Hilliard told the congregation that those who are not working for the kingdom today, would miss out on the kingdom tomorrow. According to Hilliard, the church is about the people of God serving the Risen Lord raising the question, whether the work of the King is being done. He reminded them, that things done for others is also Kingdom work. Without mincing words, he pressed the issue further, “Am I my brothers keeper?” Hilliard asked. Leaving no stones unturned, he concluded, “God wants us to be more than just our brother’s keeper. God wants us to be our brother’s brother, our sister’s sister. God wants us I believe to start acting like family. We’ve been filled with hatred for far too long, we’ve been filled with doubt and denial, we’ve been filled with anger for far too long. God wants us to be reconciled unto Him, God wants us to be reconciled unto each other.”
Elected officials including the Honorable Gregg County Judge, Bill Stoudt and Mayor Jay Dean attended this second Unity Worship Service.
Story by LaDana Moore/ETR
Photos by Joycelyne Fadojutimi