Unification News for April 2005

ACLC Easter Prayer Breakfast In Los Angeles

By Rev. Timothy L. Henning

A wonderful resurrection service was held on Saturday, March 26, at the Founder's Church in downtown Los Angeles. Rev. Briggs of Christian Light, MBC, opened with prayer, and a stirring Easter greeting from Dr. Don Peavy challenged us to live as a renewed and reborn body of Christ. It was the eve of Easter 2005, but already a celebration of the resurrection of Christ rang out in the presentations. The Crown of Peace video told the story of the life of the True Parents, crowned by the victories for peace on a world-wide level. When the final "mansei" of the video took place, one very prominent minister raised his hands and cheered! The whole crowd was deeply moved by Rev. Daugherty's keynote address on the meaning of resurrection. More than having just a new Easter suit to wear, each person should find real transformation in the person they see in the mirror, transformation that reveals the image and likeness of God the Creator. One bishop said later that she enjoyed the wonderful breakfast, but she really felt "fed" by the keynote message Rev. Daugherty had delivered with such enthusiasm.

This assembly was the second ACLC Breakfast at the Founder's Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles, which is a beautiful dome-style sanctuary that seats 1,500 upstairs and downstairs holds the chapel and fellowship hall, where the breakfast took place. Rev. Nina Alexander and Rev. George Hines represented the ministerial staff in welcoming the ACLC to this historic location. After the songs, prayers, video, and speeches, the audience moved through the chancel area to the fellowship hall where four serving lines were prepared. Breakfast was bountiful, the kind you look forward to at a special Easter celebration. It was lovingly prepared by our staff of ACLC cooks and servers.

What a blessing to have so many well-known leaders of the community present such as Mrs. Norma Foster, who organized the Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service every year for more than a decade, which drew nearly ten thousand early rising worshippers each Easter Sunday morning at 5:00 am. Also one of the pillars of the Los Angeles community and the former Pastor of First AME, the Rev. Cecil Murray, attended the event.

Dr. James Gambrell, soloist for Mount Zion, began the entertainment that accompanied the breakfast with "To God Be the Glory" and "How Great Thou Art". Next the Sadoc Christian Singers, a group that has either won or placed high in the McDonald's national gospel singing contest, sang some of their specially written pieces. The finale was "Peace, Shalom, Salaam Aleikum" together with the Origen choir. Mr. Barry Fasman and Mr. Rick Joswick, who wrote the song together, joined in, with Mr. Fasman accompanying on the piano and Mr. Joswick in harmony with the guitar.

Following the music, Rev. Henning invited the clergy to study with the new seminar group starting at St. Thaddeus Lutheran Church this Wednesday. Mrs. Norma Foster testified about her experience at the national conference of the Women's Federation for World Peace and urged the women present to participate in a signature drive. Rev. Millsap closed with prayer. What a wonderful morning! ACLC of Los Angeles is blooming like the spring flowers.

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