CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST (COGIC)
The Ministry of music in Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, has gone through many stages of development in its brief history. In the late seventies, under the pastorship of Pastor David C. Graham, the onset of the choir consisted mostly of children and teenagers. Sister Zarita Mattox labored in the ministry of music as choir directress and taught songs which were sung acappella.
As visiting musicians came and went, there was a strong desire in the heart of Pastor Graham to have God send musicians to carry on the ministry of music to “Higher Heights.”
In 1987, the Holy Temple Hymnal Choir was formed. The need for a standard church choir became evident. The hymnal choir was started in response to Evangelist Shirley J. Graham’s inspiration to have God’s music ministered to the hearts of men, women, boys and girls. It was these spiritual hymns as “Saved By His Power Divine”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Love Lifted Me” and “Glory To His Name” were sung with meaning and anointing, As the choir began to expand, the anointing level escalated and the choir branched out to begin singing gospel music.
In 1989, Sister Bernadette Baldwin of Deliverance Jesus is Coming, Irvington, New Jersey became Holy Temple’s part-time organist with the consent of her pastor, Pastor James Everett. After concentrated prayer for a permanent musician, the person of Sister Audrey Hodge from Savannah, Georgia was sent to this ministry. She became a member and began to share the ministry of music with Sister Baldwin. After a few months, the need for Sister Baldwin being present in her own church became of great demand. Sister Hodge then became Holy Temple’s first full-time musician.
Because of he vast vision for the church and the Nazirite calling, Pastor Graham inquired of God for an anointed leader to further the music ministry. His choice, Evangelist Regina Gainer. Her 28 years of singing and music involvement was significant at this time. Her spirituality and stability gave understanding and revelationof what the choir should be and could be. It has been through the key element (“prayer”) and this music ministry is successful. Our goals consist of an orchestra, a male chorus, the writing and production of songs, a GREATER ANOINTING and “More To Come In Music”.
To God Be The Glory!
Written by: Brother Reginald Boswell
Edited by: Evangelist Regina Gainer
I am a firm believer that a person should not stop going church or avoid church altogether because of a lack of finances, clothes; or because of not being delivered from bad habits.
Despite not having a car I was able to make it to church every Sunday. I can go to church with no hindrance days and nights including Wednesday night service every week. I thank God. Despite being over 5 miles from church and having no buses that ran on Sunday, I was able to make it on time for Sunday School every Sunday (one of my favorite parts of service because I have always loved to learn and the interaction with others concerning the things of God is incomparable). Many negative voices may come and say things like, “stay home you don’t have any gas money or an offering,” or say, “stop calling them to pick up they are tired of getting you.” Nevertheless, when I make it to church God always blesses me, in a great way, and I am always glad that I did not miss out. I believe that even though I did not have a permanent job, that God would provide and He did. This is my covenant with God: If I do what I am supposed to do, He will take care of me.
POSITIONED BY GOD
I serve God in spirit, soul and body with praise, in worship and with my time and substance. I render all to Christ and abide obediently under the leadership of our local assembly. My prayer for my Pastor is that, God give him strength to lead his flock in adverse times and seasons of lack into more prosperous times and away from our enemy. Satan has been bound concerning the souls that belong to Christ and the Spirit of Increase being released into our lives. Saints are given true promotion, but along with that came persecution.
Be released – Be released – Be released. Satan the blood of Jesus against you repay exponentially of that which you destroyed. With praise in my spirit, I pray continually for the next thing to break like the wind that rushed in at Pentecost or like the bursting forth of great waters causing breakthroughs deliverance is imminent. I won’t complain but will thank God for dispatching His angels of war, to bring everything that enemy to my feet and all he has taken: until relationships, credit, rank, place, seed, fruit, provision, resources, stamina and strength restored. Restoration is now in season in the name of Jesus. It was all a setting up for my season of restoration. So as God judges the quick and the dead let us render our selves fellow laborers to one another with this one thing in mind God is going to save his people. “Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity . . . trust in the Lord, and do good . . . . And verily thou shall be fed,” you can make it.
Dedicated to Ma Draper and everyone who ever gave me a ride to or from church?
Thanks Brother Reggie