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COVER STORY / April 2022
Rev. Cecil Mills, Jr. Sounds The Alarm, "Speak Up, Stand Up & Act Right"

By Tammi Hayes McGowan, AHERN Staff Reporter / 3-2-2022

There is never a time when we should not celebrate the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His servant leadership was sincere beyond measure, and there are so many of us today, who cannot begin to understand how to move and step out like Dr. King.

The Union of Churches and Ministerial Alliance of Hamblen County held their annual commemorative worship on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, in Morristown, TN. The theme:  “Remaining Committed to the Cause: Black Lives, Being Vaccinated, Voting & Equality” was evident from the start of the service.

Minister DeShano Dukes, associated minister at Faith Temple COGIC, Morristown, Tennessee opened up with ‘My Soul Loves Jesus’ which prepared our hearts and minds to receive the Invocation by Rev. Scotty Cox, associate minister at Toney’s Chapel Baptist Church, Morristown, reminding us in the opening sentence from John 8, that Jesus said, ‘I am the Light of the world’. Evangelist Tina Mosley of Faith Temple COGIC, Morristown, welcomed us so graciously and declared that ‘today we must leave from this gathering, continuing to the work of remaining committed to the cause, so that everyone will live in freedom”’

The Unity Gospel Choir showed up and showed out! The praise and worship in the house was all to the glory of God, and as the congregation stood on their feet praising, the anointing of the presence of God was truly felt. The choir did a phenomenal job, and we look forward to seeing them soon.

The honorable Rev. Cecil Mills, Jr., pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, in Greenville, TN, blessed us with the Word of God, at the right time. Rev. Mills did not add a lot of fluff or cushion to soften us up, but He came hard and intentional. Rev. Mills said, ‘I didn’t come to preach, I have a dream, but I came to say, “Speak Up, Stand Up & Act Right”. Rev. Mills continued to share that we have become complicit, or in other words, accomplices to the injustice that is right before us. He quoted Bishop Gilbert Patterson, who said ‘God wants all of us to be MLK’s, the time is now that we have to stop sitting idle, waiting on someone else to do it. Christians have an obligation to rise, by the power and might of God and move. Martin Luther King said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Rev. Mills closed out by saying, “Stand your ground – The church must stand on the foundation of Jesus Christ and resist Satan’s attacks. Martin had a dream, and the dream was meant for us to take the helm and continue to move the fight against the injustice that is before us, day after day.” The service ended with the congregation holding hands while singing “We Shall Overcome.”

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