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NAACP holds Watch Night/Jubilee service
SoVaNow.com / January 04, 2012A large crowd gathered at the Halifax County Senior High School on Dec. 31, at 10 p.m. to watch the new year come in and to celebrate Jubilee. As history states, both of these events coincide with each other.
The Halifax County NAACP usually celebrates Jubilee Day on Jan. 1, but since it fell on a Sunday they did not want to interfere with regular church services. In 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln announced that the Emancipation Proclamation would take effect Jan. 1, freeing all slaves in Confederate states, abolitionists and slaves reportedly gathered together on what was called “Freedom’s Eve” to await and watch what the new year would bring.
This act would eventually become known as Watch Night. On Jan. 1, 1863,
Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves from bondage. The Jubilee Celebration is our way to pay tribute to that historical day. This was a community event focused on celebrating God’s Blessings.
Rev. Wallace Pierce, pastor of the Abiding Branch Christian Ministries, was the guest preacher. He was accompanied by his Youth Choir and members.
Rev. Pierce delivered the following message:
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 12:12 - For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
THEME of MESSAGE: “Spiritual Unification”
*Oftentimes when we are looking for unity, it cannot be found.
*We are all individual parts of the body (of Christ) thus; we are all depended upon each other.
*No one is here by accident. Every one of us has specific talents & a God given purpose (for the kingdom of God here on earth).
*Sadly, today we have MANY members in the church, but how many are members of the body (Body of Christ)?
*Regardless of who’s around or where we are, we should always treat each other with love, respect and cooperation. The church should have the reputation of being one body for the good of humanity.
*By working together in Unity we can accomplish more than doing things by ourselves. But this Unity can be accomplished only by loving God first and then loving one another (meaning loving everybody: black, white, rich, poor, educated, or uneducated).
*So, the key to Unification is ... Love!!!
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