During this past year, we enjoyed two joint worship services with Sister Terry Tinley and the Triumphed Covenant House of Prayer. During the city’s tree lighting ceremony, choristers from both congregations formed a joint choir and brought much joy to the crowds. Sister Terry and I and our corresponding worship committees have agreed to come together in 2016 for joint worship whenever there is a fifth Sunday to a month. This gives us the following dates: January 31, May 29, July 31, and October 30. This is a most wonderful development.
It grew out of the horrible shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015. What was an act of hatred and racism is beginning to bear the fruits of love and togetherness among the Triumphed Covenant House of Prayer and First Reformed Church. And the best part is: You can help to grow this tender plant into a powerful tree by participating and getting actively involved in the planning of our four joint worship services in 2016. If you are interested, please contact me at 732.545.1005.