Upper Room youth spread the gospel
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.
Youth Sunday at Upper Room of Greater Gainesville Church of God in Christ featured anointed singing by the youth choir and a powerful, uplifting message for the young and old alike from McArthur Shelton II, youth pastor at the church.
UPPER ROOM CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
Pastor: Senior co-Pastors Karl “The Rev.” Anderson and Pearlie Shelton.
Location: 3575 NE 15th St.
Services: Sunday morning prayer is 9:45 a.m., followed by Super Sunday School at 10 a.m. and morning worship at 11 a.m. Prayer meeting is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Bible study at 7 p.m. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. every second and fourth Sunday.
Preaching from Acts 27, Shelton encouraged parishioners to always "be of good cheer" and to "cheer up" because God is a deliverer who will bring people out of whatever situations they are confronted with, no matter how bleak the outcome may look at any given time.
The service began with intercessory prayer by church member Evangelist Patricia Lundy, followed by praise and worship led by the church's youth praise team, which sang several songs during the service, including "I Love You Lord" and "Victory is Mine." Adam Maxwell said a prayer, and Kari Anderson read the scripture, which was taken from Psalm 150. Kari is the daughter of the church's senior co-Pastor Karl Anderson and his wife, Lady Brecka Anderson.
The service also included comments from senior co-Pastor Pearlie Shelton, mother of McArthur Shelton II, who talked about the importance of living holy at all times because death can come at any moment. She said she received a call before the service informing her that a Jacksonville woman she had worked closely with for numerous years in the statewide Church of God in Christ youth department suffered a massive stroke over the weekend and died.
"Saints, it is no time to play," she said.
McArthur Shelton II delivered his sermon later in the service, telling parishioners the scripture he was preaching from dealt with Apostle Paul encouraging others around him to be of good cheer, even though he himself was facing persecution. He said Paul was formerly named Saul, and as Saul, he lived a very unholy life. He said that changed one day when he was traveling to Damascus and met Jesus Christ, whom he began to follow and learn about the goodness of the Lord.
"Do you remember your Damascus Road experience?" Shelton asked parishioners.
He also said the most important part of the scripture occurs when Paul and others set sail to Rome to appear before Caesar. He said the scripture describes how the weather was terrible, with high winds and heavy rain. He said Paul told the people in charge of the boat not to sail, but they did so anyway, and became distraught when the weather turned bad. He said in the midst of the panic on the boat, "God stepped in and gave them an encouraging word."
He said people need to know they are going to be all right even when they are going through tough times.
"Don't nothing settle your spirit like the encouraging words of the Lord," he said.
He ended his sermon by pointing out that there are three things people should learn from Paul. They are: selflessness, calmness and coolness and to give thanks.
The service ended with more than 20 people coming the altar for prayer, all of whom received encouraging words privately from McArthur Shelton II and Pearlie Shelton.
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