Way to Start 2016
There are a bucket load of reasons why people do not like to miss church. Many of them involve a closer walk with God, spiritual growth, discipleship and fellowship with other believers. However, every now and then there is a moment of simultaneous and collective awareness that something out-of-the box is happening. The time my brother surprised his wife, and the congregation, and had Johnny Gill sing to his wife to mark their 30th wedding anniversary, comes to mind.
As 2015 bid farewell and 2016 was in its infant moments, Pastor Raphael Warnock started the year with a you had to be there moment. Imagine the worshippers at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, they are at Watchnight Service. Happy to be in church and grateful to have made it through another year, they are preparing to head out, perhaps to other celebrations or home. As the worshippers prepare for benediction, Pastor Raphael Warnock makes his final remarks. He salutes Mrs. Christine King Farris, the worshippers clap. He then introduces friends of his, who are in the service. Then he introduces Ouleye Ndoye as a special friend, he tells her to stand and come closer. The attention of the congregation is immediately refreshed and alert. They start calling out, some start moving closer, they know something is in the air, click here for the link to see the magical moment for yourself...
Congratulations to Ouleye Ndoye and Pastor Warnock, and dear reader I hope your 2016 is filled with wonderful surprises too.