A refreshing at New Horizon

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.

Parishioners attending the final service of the three-night The Glory is Real Revival at New Horizon Outreach Ministries walked and crawled to the altar as the visiting leader of the revival urged them to release whatever was bothering them.

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Evangelist Emill Bridges preaches at New Horizon Ministries.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian



Pastors: Senior Pastor Michael Griffin and co-Pastor Crystal Griffin.
Location: 127 NE 15th St.
Services: Sunday school is at 10:30 a.m., with morning worship at 11:30 a.m. and evening service at 6:30 p.m. Men and women support groups meet at 6 p.m. Monday. Bible study is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, street service at 2 p.m. every second Sunday and youth service at 6:30 p.m. every fourth Sunday.
Phone: 352-281-7685 or 352-281-7684.

"That's all right baby, let it out in this place," Evangelist Emill Bridges of Riverdale, Ga., told a woman as he laid hands on her as she cried.

The woman eventually began to crawl to the altar, where other parishioners were positioned, some with their hands swaying in the air while others were bent over crying.

Bridges said he couldn't continue the service because the holy spirit was dealing with people in a mighty way at that moment. "I'm trying to move on from here, but I can't," Bridges said.

He urged parishioners to "release it tonight because you are not leaving out of this place with it tonight."

The church is located at 127 NE 15th St, where the pastors are Senior Pastor Michael Griffin and co-Pastor Crystal Griffin. The revival was held last Wednesday through Friday.

Bridges asked a woman to walk to the altar and he also asked Pastor Crystal Griffin to join the woman.

Griffin held the woman's hand and prayed with her as Bridges told the woman she had to "walk out of the things" that were bothering her.

"Every step you take, you are walking out of your situation."

At that point, parishioners throughout the church were on the floor, sitting down and standing while crying and praying. Bridges told parishioners to raise their hands in the air to surrender their souls and trials and tribulations to God.

"Let us pray that the holy spirit will lead us back into the fold and into the arch of safety," Bridges said.

Pastor Crystal Griffin, who gave the welcome, said the church and parishioners attending the revival were ready to continue their efforts to help build up the kingdom of God.

"We have been renewed, refreshed and recharged," Griffin said. "The thing I want everybody to get out of this revival is that you can start over and start again because God said you can."

Bridges then began to sing "This Little Light of Mine" as he warned parishioners that the devil wants to take their light because "if he take your light, he can take your witness."

Bridges, who has a soulful and anointed singing voice, then got all of the parishioners — young and old and black and white — to stand to their feet as they all sang "I Will Bless the Lord." The atmosphere in the church was electric and filled with the anointing as people sang, clapped their hands and danced while praising the Lord.

Pastor Michael Griffin said the Lord moved in a mighty way at the church during the revival. He also said he was grateful that Bridges, whom he met in West Palm Beach at a conference, thought it not robbery to preach the revival.

"This revival has been a blessing, because I tell you, Evangelist Bridges has brought a refreshing to the church," Griffin said. "The first message he gave us on (last) Wednesday night dealt with refreshing. Refreshing comes when repentance is present and then your sins are blotted out. He (Bridges) said but first, and in between there — the repenting and the blotting out — there must be a conversion. A change must take place."

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