THE PASTOR'S WORD
"It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from the land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled."
- Joshua 24:17 NIV
Dear Family and Friends:
Have you ever had someone ask you where you’re from? Or who your family members are? If you have, you’ve realized the pride that most exude when they answer the question. More importantly, we should be proud of the lineage we are associated with. We as a people come from a rich heritage of strong intellectuals; a people able to do much with little, a people able to pull others up out of destitute circumstances and situations.
Our great founder, Richard Allen had a higher vision for the worship experience. His vision compelled him to stand in the face of persecution for what he was so passionate about. And so on this day when the murmurs of frustrated communities sound that, “we can’t get things done like we use to” it is apparent from a quick trip through history that we have it within us!
The pride that you have for being a Brown, Jones, Davis or Smith should be the same pride you have in our rich heritage. I contend that embracing the past helps to build the future. James Baldwin wrote, “If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.” Just think, we are natural visionaries, astute intellectuals, gifted artists, talented athletes, amazing chefs, caring mothers, strong fathers, committed AMEs, dedicated Christians and faithful brothers and sisters. Self esteem isn’t just about us individually; it is a pride in Whose we are and all that He’s gifted us to do and be in His Kingdom. Remember to let your light shine now and always!
Yours In Christ,
Marvin C. Zanders, II
The Reverend Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II