BASSETERRE St. Kitts, January 8th, 2014 -- Under the theme, “Praising in the Glory” the Sandy Point Community Churches held its annual New Year’s Day Thanksgiving Service at the Sandy Point Sports & Cultural Complex (also known as the Sandy Point Hard Court). The service, which was ably chaired by Sis. Josephine Johnson of the Seventh Day Community, started at 5:30p.m on Thursday, 1st January, 2015 with the National Anthem, Prayer and a fitting Praise & Worship segment.
Beginning with Hezekiah Walker’s song “Every praise is to our God/ Every word of worship with one accord” the team of Combined Worship leaders from different churches set the tone for the evening’s service. The Scripture readings, 1 Chronicles 12:26-36 and Psalm 149 were both about praising God and they were eloquently read by the representative from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Scripture readings, particularly Psalm 149, formed the basis for the spirited yet soul-searching sermon which was delivered by the resident minister for the Immanuel Methodist Church, Rev. Damien Hughes.
In his sermon, Rev. Hughes encouraged the crowd to Praise God throughout the year, through all circumstances because God will be faithful and it will be well. The gathering was challenged by Rev. Hughes to Praise the Lord in new and spontaneous ways in 2015, and to do more praising of God and less complaining throughout the year.
The lively service included thought-provoking poems from Unique Touch Christian Centre, Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, the Apostolic Faith Mission, motivational song from Destiny International, an engaging mime and a dance from the Evangelistic Faith Church, a captivating gospelypso from Immanuel Methodist Church, and a riveting steelpan selection of ‘Amazing Grace’ from the Apostolic Faith Mission. An integral part of the service was deliberate prayer for different aspects of life: Sis. Gloria Mills prayed for the families and the Community, Pastor Curtley Mills prayed for the Business Community, Pastor Judah Payne prayed for the Body of Christ, Pastor Naomi Rawlings prayed for Government, teachers, police, nurses, etc, and Pastor Mark Hodge prayed for the Upcoming General Election. To pray for a prosperous and productive new year, the attendees divided into six (6) prayer cells and petitioned heaven for at least 5 minutes.
The service ended with the Vote of Thanks by Sis. Roslyn Warner of Abundant Life Transformation Centre, the Doxology & Benediction by Pastor Prisca Hyligar, and a time of dancing, praise and fellowship. After 8pm with evident reluctance, the attendees were leaving the Sandy Point Hard Court as the Combined Worship Team kept on singing.
Those in attendance indicated that they enjoyed the service; some were quite vocal declaring that they could not think of a better way to spend the evening of New Year’s Day 2015.
The coordinating team for the Sandy Point Community Churches extends profound gratitude to all who attended as well as assisted in making this important New Year’s Service possible. Starting the New Year with ecumenical praise and committing everything to God’s capable hands remain the aim of this initiative.
The Sandy Point Community Churches is a group of representatives from the various churches in the town of Sandy Point which meets and plans ecumenical events for the people of the area and the nation. The group has been instrumental in the past in assisting individuals and families in the community, in holding other types of ecumenical services annually at Whit, and at the start and end of the hurricane season. Last year the group held two nights of activities for families in celebration of International day of the family. The ‘Sandy Point Community Churches’ functions under the motto “Putting aside differences to help and heal our community”.
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