Morning Worship Service


-  Program -

Doxology…………………………….......................................Mr. Admad Hall and Friends/Congregation

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”


Recreating “The Mass Meeting

Mrs. Joyce O'Neal

Brown Chapel AME Church


The Voice and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Stephon Ferguson

TheDreamLives.com—MLK Impersonator


The Call To Worship ........................................................................................................Mrs. Ann Clemons

1st Vice President ARRC WMS

Leader: Fifty-two years ago, Leaders and Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights/Voting Rights  Movement said, “Let us go to Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church; the march to Voting Rights will begin from within its sacred walls.” The voices of reason, encouragement and inspiration would reverberate from wall to wall, oration from the mouths of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Pastor P.H. Lewis and other prophetic and godly voices.


People: Like the Exodus, from Egypt to the Promised Land, the March to Freedom begins with worship; so it was from Selma to Montgomery. Therefore, let us worship!


Leader:  March 7, 1965 was a First Sunday. The Brown Chapel congregation would have knelt at the Chancel Rail to receive the Holy Communion, remembering that Christ died for the remission of sin.  The sacred text reminds us that “without the shedding of blood there is no remission.”  So it was in Egypt on the first Passover; at Calvary on Good Friday; and in Selma near the Edmund Pettus Bridge – SIN writ in letters large. We offer a thanksgiving to God for the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, and for those who paid for freedom with blood.


People: Like the Exodus, from Goshen to Canaan, the March to Freedom begins with worship; and so it was from Brown Chapel to the Capitol. Therefore, let us worship!


Leader: From the front steps of Brown Chapel in Selma to the front steps of the Capitol in Montgomery, a determined people marched – young and old, black and white, male and female, believers, and skeptics, too – pressed their way to make their voices heard and to make their votes count.


People: Like the Exodus, the March to Freedom begins with worship; and so it was from crossing the Jordan River to crossing the Alabama River. Therefore, let us worship!


Leader: A half century later, the struggle continues.  Montgomery was a destination, but the right to vote was the cause; liberation was the reason. Violent and mean men stood on the wrong side of history that day now famously called “Bloody Sunday.”  The right to vote is now being met with voter suppression strategies; extrajudicial death penalties are being exacted on young black men as we reaffirm the dignity of all and black lives matter.


People: Like the Exodus, the March to Freedom begins with worship; and so it is, from Selma to Ferguson.  Therefore, let us worship!


Leader:  There is so much to remember about Brown Chapel’s documented role that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the presence it has had over the 50 years since. However, Brown Chapel is not a museum, clutching relics and a bit of history from the past. We are what we were meant to be from the beginning, a House of Worship, a place of study, a holy place to champion the concerns for human dignity, and a gathering place for just causes.


People: Like the Exodus, the March to Freedom begins with worship. Therefore, let us worship our Awesome God – in Spirit and in Truth.



                                (Litany by Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr., Eleventh Episcopal District AMEC)

Praise Music and Song……………………………................Mr. Admad Hall and Friends/Congregation



The Prayer .......................................................................................................Reverend Lawrence Wofford

Pastor, Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church


The Choral Response………………………..................……...Mr. Ahmad Hall & Friends/Congregation



Lessons from Scripture:

          The Old Testament: Isaiah 1:11-17 (New Language Translation)

Reverend Joseph W. Ellwanger,                             

Pastor, Hephatha Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, WI


          New Testament:  Luke 4:18-27 (New Language Translation)

Reverend L. Nicole Slater

Pastor, Grant Chapel AMEC


Praise Music and Song....................................................................................Mr. Ahmad Hall and Friends


Welcome and Greetings………………………………………………………………………………………

Bishop Harry L. Seawright

Presiding Prelate, Ninth District

(Alabama) AMEC


Mrs. Nancy G. Sewell

Brown Chapel AME Church


Bishop Seth O. Lartey

Presiding Bishop

(Alabama/Florida) AME Zion Church


Greetings (2 minutes each).……………………………………………………………………………..........

Mr. Michael Johnson

Selma City Council, Ward 8


Dr. Shari Rogers

President/Founder of Spill the Honey,

Honoring Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust


Mr. Clarence B. Jones

Former Personal Counsel and Adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Director,Religious Action Center of Reformed Judaism


Praise Music and Song....................................................................................Mr. Ahmad Hall and Friends


Greetings………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Honorable Mayor Darrio Melton

City of Selma


Mr. Kenneth Mullinax

University Relations Director, Alabama State University,

(Former Consultant U.S. State Dept. & N.A.T.O under President Clinton,

Long time Civil Rights Advocate, Former Aide to Mayor William Bell)


Reverend Dr. William Barber, II

President, North Carolina NAACP



Senator Henry “Hank” Sanders

Alabama State Senate, District 23


 Mr. JohnMerrill

Secretary of State

State of Alabama




U.S. Representative Terri Sewell

 State of Alabama, 7th Congressional District


“The Voice and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr”................................Reverend Stephon Ferguson


Praise Music and Song....................................................................................Mr. Ahmad Hall and Friends


“Voting Rights Today”

Atty. Sherrilyn Ifill

 President and Director Counsel,

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund


“From Mission to Ministry”

Dr. Mary A. Jolley

University of Alabama (Retired)


Tithes and Offerings ………………………………...(Receiving of Resources for Mission and Ministry)


Presentation of the Keynote Speaker.......................................................................................Pastor Leodis Strong


Praise Music and Song....................................................................................Mr. Ahmad Hall and Friends


The Keynote Message................................................................................Rev. Dr. Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.

Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition


The Invitation to Commitment and Discipleship


Praise Music and Song…………………………………………………...….Mr. Ahmad Hall and Friends


Acknowledgments/Announcements/Recognitions......................................................Mrs. Earlene Larkin

Brown Chapel AME Church



Closing Remarks................................................................................................................................................

    

The Hymn of Unity....................................................................................................................Congregation

”We Shall Overcome”


The Benediction


BLOODY SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE PROGRAM MARCH 5, 2017