Programs

 

Heritage - A Celebration in Black


Saturday February 24, 2001

Rehoboth Temple COGIC
1210 West Wyoming Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
v The Keystone Jurisdiction
Bishop George Williams - Host Pastor
Dr. Bessie Sykes - Coordinator


Heritage: A Celebration in Black
Saturday - 2001/February/24
7:30 PM


Events

Moderator...............……………………................................................Bessie Sykes

Character processional…………………………………………....…Cast
Song "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray"

Anthem (by James Weldon Johnson)………………………....…......Congregation
Song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (Negro National Anthem)

Prayer………………………………………………………..……….Myrtice Williams

Black Pledge…………………………………………………………………Tahira Wyatt

Welcome……………………………………………………..………..Shaun Sykes

Acknowledgement of Guests………………………………..…….......Eld. Clyde R. McRae

Song "We are Climbing Jacob's Ladder"…….……..…..…....Congregation

'Mother to Son' (Poem by Langston Hughes)……………....…..…...Genevive White

'If' (Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar)………………....…………….R.J. Duplessis

'The Beauty of Women'…………………………………………………….Adeline Williams

Poetry…………………………………………………………………………Joseph Nelson

'To be Young, Gifted and Black' (by Nina Simone
and Weldon Irvine, Jr.)……..…....Marquis Lee

'The Mask'……………………………………………………………………Nashay Lee

'Lord Why Did You Make Me Black?'……………………………………Tracey Cooper

Skit For Every Mountain………………………………………………...Cynthia Turner

'What If I am a Black Woman' (Poem)………………………………….Tracey Lewis

Solo "Come By Here my Lord"………………………………………….Eld. George Nash

Dance 'His Eye is on the Sparrow'……………………………………..Evang. Nelson

'Still I Rise (Poem by Maya Angelou)............................……………..Chelleria Colbert

'African Kings and Nubian Queens' (Poem with music)………………Andrea Grainger

Selections……………………………………………………………………..The Inspirational Group

Skit The Underground Railroad 'The Black Moses'
Harriet Tubman leads the slaves to freedom................................…….Anitra Thomas and players
Skit
The Recipe

George Washington Carver............…………………………......Schuarah Sykes
Edward 'Skippy' Williamson.........………………....…..…......….Art Laurence
Frederick 'Jif' Armstrong...........………………….....….………..Shaun Sykes
Narrator.......................................………………………….……...R.S.

Instrumental Solo…………………………………………………………….Walter Parish

'I Have a Dream' (Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King ,Jr)………..….David Clay

Song 'We Shall Overcome'……………………………………...Congregation

The Church in history
Charles Harrison Mason(Founder of the Church of God in Christ) .……………………….……………………..………….…....Schuarah Sykes

Selections by musicians…………………………………….………………..


Song 'We've Come This Far By Faith' (by Albert A. Goodson)
...............................................................................…………..........Congregation

Thank you for your attendance.

[ Program design by Shaun Sykes]


Lift Every Voice and Sing (Negro National Anthem

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies;
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us,
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod
Bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears have been watered,
We have come,
treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places,
Our God, where we met Thee;
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world,
we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.

We are Climbing Jacob's Ladder

We are climbing Jacob's ladder
We are climbing Jacob's ladder
We are climbing Jacob's ladder
Soldier of the cross.

Every round goes higher, higher
Every round goes higher, higher
Every round goes higher, higher
Soldier of the cross.

Do you think I'll make a soldier
Do you think I'll make a soldier
Do you think I'll make a soldier
Soldier of the cross.

We Shall Overcome

We shall overcome, We shall overcome
We shall overcome someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday

The Lord will see us through,
The Lord will see us through,
The Lord will see us through someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
The Lord will see us through someday

We'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We'll walk hand in hand someday.

We shall live in peace, We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall live in peace someday.


We've Come This Far By Faith
Chorus

We've come this far by faith, Leaning on the Lord
Trusting in his holy word, He's never failed me yet
Oh, Ohhh, Ohhh, Can't turn around
We've come this far by faith.

Don't be discouraged with the trouble in your life
He'll bear your burdens And move all your misery
and strife, That's why we've - Chorus

Just the other day I heard a man say he didn't
believe in God's word;
I can say God has made a way, He's never failed me
yet, Thank God, We've - Chorus

MOTTO
We lift as we climb


Quotes from Black figures

Ralph Bunche - "I have a deep-seated bias against hate and intolerance."

Sojourner Truth - " I carry no weapon; the Lord will preserve me without weapons. I feel safe even in the midst of enemies; for the truth is powerful and will prevail."

Matthew Henson - " My mind often reverts to life in the Artic and I desire to return."

Zora Neale Hurston - " Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."

Roberto Clemente - "If you have a chance to do something or help someone and you fail to do your best, you are wasting your time on earth."

Nikki Giovanni - "It is not the longevity of our lives, it is what we do with our lives. Take pride in what you are and what you have achieved."


Booker T. Washington - "No race can accomplish anything till its mind is awakened."

Barbara Jordan - "If the society allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority."

Whitney Moore Young - "The test of what makes a Negro leader is not who shouts the loudest or gets the angriest, but who gets the most results."

Pearl Bailey - "There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside."

A. Phillip Randolph - "The reconstruction program for the Negro must involve the introduction of the new social order in which human rights are recognized above property rights."

Betty Shabazz - "A lot of people don't understand that the world is larger than themselves, and that this world was here long before they and their ancestors were born, and that darker people made contributions more than any other combination of ethnic groups."

Wally Amos - "I even talk to the cookies. How can I sell them if I can't give them away."

Ruby Dee - "Why does it take my life and your life to make your life? When a man marries he can drop half his cursory responsibilities, the minatia of life, on his wife, while a woman has to double hers and maybe triple it when she has a family."

Jesse Jackson- "If you run, you may lose. If you don't run, you will surely lose!"

Patti LaBelle - "I am always doing what I can for any organization because God has given me a blessing by giving me a voice to sing and by giving me a microphone."

John Johnson - "Large dreams can seem impossible, but each time you accomplish a small goal, it gives you confidence to go on from there."

Oprah Winfrey - "I have crossed over the backs of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman and Fannie Lou Hammer and Madame C.J. Walker. Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit."

Bill William Cosby - "I don't know about the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

Edna Mae Jemison - "People don't see women - particularly Black women - in science and technology fields, my participation in the space shuttle mission helps to say that all peoples of the world have astronomers, physicists, and explorers."

Sarah and Elizabeth Delaney (ages 103 and 105) - "A word to older folks - keep your own calendar, manage your own money, have your own doctor, don't depend on anyone else, don't be too proud to accept your limitations."
My Last Will and Testament


If I have a legacy to leave my people, it is
my philosophy of living and serving.

Here, Then, is My Legacy......

I leave you love. Love builds.
It is positive and helpful.

I leave you hope. Yesterday our ancestors
endured the degradation of slavery, yet they
retained their dignity.

I leave you the challenge of developing
confidence in one another. This kind of
confidence will aid the economic rise of
the race by bringing together the pennies
and dollars of our people and ploughing them
into useful channels.

I leave you thirst for education. Knowledge
is the prime need of the hour.

I leave you a respect for the uses of power. Power,
intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom.

I leave you faith. Faith in God is the greatest power,
but great, too, is faith in oneself.

I leave you racial dignity. I want Negroes to
maintain their human dignity at all costs.

I leave you a desire to live harmoniously
with your fellow man.

I leave you, finally, a responsibility to our
young people. The world around us really belongs to
youth, for youth will take over its
future management.

Mary McLeod Bethune

Participating Churches COGIC:

Rehoboth Temple

Koinonia Community

Emmanuel Full Gospel Temple

Open Bible Evangelical

Bread of Life

Bethel Evangelistic


Thank you to all the participants of the program.

Special Thanks to Tracey Lewis.




The Celebration of
The Seven Last Words
of Jesus Christ
on the Cross

 

Friday, March 28 , 1997 1:00 p.m.

House of Prayer
Church of God in Christ
138 Hickory Street
Orange, NJ


Elder Clarence Williams,
Pastor



Order of
CELEBRATION

The Prelude
Worship Leader:
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,
all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before
his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he
that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we
are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise: be thankful
unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is ever-
lasting: and his truth endureth to all
generations. Psalms 100: 1-5
Invocation
The Hymn of Faith.......................................... Choir
Scripture Readings:
Matthew 27: 11-25
Matthew 27: 26-42
Matthew 27: 43-60

The Hymn of Joy........................................... Choir
First Word of the Lord
"Father forgive them, for they know not what
they do." Luke 23:34

The Hymn of Comfort.......................... Choir
Second Word of the Lord
"To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise."
Luke 23:43
The Hymn of Trust.............................. Choir
Third Word of the Lord
"Woman behold thy son, son behold
thy mother." John 19:26-27
The Hymn of Assurance......................... Choir
Fouth Word of the Lord
"My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46
The Hymn of Hope................................. Choir
Fifth Word of the Lord
"I thirst." John 19:28
The Hymn of Praise................................ Choir
Sixth Word of the Lord
"It is finished." John 19:30
The Hymn of Peace................................. Choir
Seventh Word of the Lord
"Father, into thy hands, I commend my
spirit." Luke 23:46
The Hymn of Triumph.............................. Choir
Prayer of Rededication
Closing and Dismissal

Purpose:
To celebrate and remember Christ's
victory for us over sin by his death on the
cross.
To meditate on the hours Jesus spent
on the cross.


F Program Design: Shaun Sykes E


Thanks to everyone for their participation
in the celebration of The Seven Last Words
of Jesus Christ


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