Saturday, May 7, 2011
Blast from the Past II
This is the First Baptist Church in Herlong, CA. It is a congregation of black worshippers. It is an "integrated" church where all are invited to worship. When we were living in Herlong it was almost all black congregants. In a small town, population 1,000, one becomes friends with everyone. The Christian population was certainly familiar and friendly with one another.
One day I was asked by the pastor of this church to speak in their morning worship service. I never had so much fun in church. The choir was right up my alley - real down home gospel music. The best thing to me is it seems the Holy Spirit missed the "No Overtime Without Authorization" memo. You know the memo that says church has to stop at Noon on the button because the Holy Spirit has gone home? Not this church, it's morning worship was about 3 or 4 hours in length. I got to speak for a hour and then we took a break and went back inside and I got to speak again. That was one of the few times I actually finished a complete message.
It was a real joy to stumble across this photo on Google Images.
Posted by Gregg Metcalf at 3:00 AM