Last year around this time, I posted about my love for community Thanksgiving church services. I love to see a community coming together for one night to join in praise and thanksgiving to our God. Last year, I was at Northside United Methodist in Jackson. This year was an extra-special one.
First of all, my church was hosting it. That meant that I would be leading worship for it. I was so excited, but so very nervous. I had lead for the Community Sunrise Easter Service in March, but that crowd was much smaller. This was a big deal for me. Tammie Daniels was leading the community choir. And the best part…Dad was preaching.
The service started with the choir. Tammie sang Laura Story’s “Blessings” and did a phenomenal job. Each area minister had a part in the service, whether it was the prayer, responsive reading, offering, or whatever. After our congregational praise and worship (which went great, thanks to Nat and Q helping me!), the choir did a How Great Thou Art/How Great is Our God medley. IT. WAS. AWESOME. The perfect touch to get the congregation in the mood for what Dad was preaching on. The choir did incredible and the congregation even stood and sang along. The Spirit had shown up. Dad got up and preached a powerful message on the Beatitudes. It was a sermon reminding us of how blessed we as a people really are and how we shouldn’t take our blessings for granted. No one left that church the same way they came in.
And like Dad said: “We came her tonight laying aside our denominational nametags. Because eventually, they’ll all be either blown off in the rapture or burnt up in hell.”