Joint Revival Brings Thousands to Spiritual Renewal

Shevry Lassiter | 1/26/2012, 11:41 a.m.

Worshipers are still talking about and reveling in their experience from attending the joint-revival earlier this month to hear Rev. Jackie McCullough, pastor of The Gathering at Beth Rapha in Pomona, N.Y.; Bishop I.V. Hilliard, pastor of the New Light Christian Center Church in Houston, Texas; and Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of the Potter's House in Dallas, Texas. The annual three-day event brought together the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG) and Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church (GMCHC) Nightly services were held at the Glenarden sanctuary in Bowie, Md. and on the last final night at Jericho City of Praise in Landover Md.

Rev. John J. Jenkins, pastor of FBCG and Archbishop Dr. Alfred A. Owens Jr., pastor of GMCHC have been hosting the joint revival for the past several years joining the Baptist and Pentecostal congregations for spiritual renewal and awakening.

Rev. McCullough, with her sermon, "The Remnant Church," opened up the first night on Jan. 4 prophesying God's blessing on a remnant church which area those who remain faithful despite failures and disappointments and persuaded the attendees to become a community in the ark of safety, which is the church .

On Thursday, Bishop Hilliard gave the audience tips to ensure better living by this same time next year in his sermon, "Pathway to Increasing Productivity." He said knowing the purpose for taking part in every situation is the key to living a fulfilling life. Hilliard urged the people to obey God, respect God's word, value Gods word and worship God.

At the service on Friday, Bishop Jakes thanked Pastor Joel Peebles for allowing the joint revival to be held at Jericho City of Praise. The church was filled to capacity when Bishop Jakes preached his sermon, "The Strategy," reminding parishioners that the younger generation has the tools and the older generation has the order and challenged both to come together to meet a need and change a people.

The revival closed with thousands of people recommitting their lives.

Gwaltney Marshall, 50, a resident of Frederick, Md., said the revival "was eye opening and touched my heart to reach out to the upcoming generation."

Glenarden's associate pastor, Duane Dickens, 51, said, "This revival was fantastic. I heard from God and the pace was set for the year.

The music ministries of FBCG and GMCHC led praise and worship each night. Nationally known gospel artists, Beverly Crawford, James Fortune and Fiya, and Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers sang during the revival.

Elder Cornelius Young, who is the minister of music at GMCHC said, "It is my desire that when we come to the end of 2012 that we be spiritually stronger than we are now, that as we minister in song we witness with our life and continue to fellowship one with another." He wants parishioners to see witnesses for Christ.

People looking for a church theme for the year were put on notice by Archbishop Owens that he might have a different theme each week. He said that right now his theme is Soul First and he is prayerful that people's souls will prosper in the year 2012.