I have been visiting churches lately around Atlanta and Decatur. For years I have considered visiting, yet have not attended historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. It sits about a 10 minute drive away from my home, I’ve been to the historic site a number of times, yet until yesterday I had never set foot into a worship service. That was my mistake. As a girl who grew up in a Baptist church and sang in the gospel choir in college, this was closer to home for me than any of the stuffier restrained services I’ve worshipped in over the summer. Dr. Raphael Warnock preached a strong message of goodness yet to come mixed with grace given to those who were struggling to find their path. It was a good word to begin my week, bookended by the three part harmony of the men’s choir and their praise team. High drama was used in the sermon, with the senior pastor at times yelling above the “Amen”s and “Hallelujah”s, yet no drama so much employed than that used in a very quiet but clear invitation for a “members-only” meeting of the church after the service. Members of the media were told they were not welcome in the meeting and members of the church who were part of the media were told the meeting was off the record.
I left my Members Only jacket in 1985 and thus was not in attendance for the meeting.
It is no secret Dr. Warnock has considered running for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s seat. My guess is that this was the meeting in which Dr. Warnock discussed what his run might mean for his church and to ask for the congregation’s blessing. Continue reading “Warnock Hosts “Members-Only” Meeting at Ebenezer Baptist”