99 at Dayspring

The Rev. Dr. Marie Herring, pastor of Dayspring, addresses the congregation.

BRAD McCLENNY/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.

The Rev. Samuel Seales Jr. of Johnson Chapel Baptist Church ended the 99th church anniversary celebration at Dayspring Baptist Church by informing parishioners that churches don't survive when congregations allow personal convictions to be put before biblical scripture.



* Pastor: The Rev. Dr. Marie Herring.

* Location: 1945 NE 8th Ave.

* Services: Sunday school is 9 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Bible study is 7 p.m. Wednesday.

* Phone: 352-380-0075.

"Sisters and brothers, we cannot afford to build our life's foundation with any material that is not totally scriptural," said Seales, preaching to parishioners Sunday afternoone who were packed into Dayspring. "If you are a child of the King, and have confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, and you believe that God has raised him from the dead, the Bible declares that you are saved. The concept behind being saved and accepting Christ is that you don't belong to yourself any more."

The Rev. Dr. Marie Herring, pastor of Dayspring, preached during the Sunday morning worship anniversary celebration.

Besides the inspirational and straightforward preaching by Seales, the afternoon service also featured the powerful and dynamic voices of the Johnson Chapel Choir and the Campbell Singers, a group of sisters who were all born and raised in Hawthorne.

At the end of the service, church elder Daisy Johnson presented Herring with a cherry wood frame that contained Herring's doctorate degree. Herring, who has been the pastor at the church since April 2008, received her doctorate degree in ministry in May from the United Theological Seminary near Dayton, Ohio. Johnson praised Herring for never neglecting the church while she was pursuing her doctorate degree.

"She was in her studies from the year 2011 to 2013, but in spite of all of that, you know she never missed a beat," Johnson said. "Everywhere we had to go, she stayed involved and was right there with us even though she had tons and tons of work she had to do. We thank God for our pastor."

Herring then thanked the entire Dayspring family for the gift. "This means so much to me, and I thank you, Dayspring," Herring said.

Deaconess Annie Roberts gave the history of the church, informing parishioners that the church began in 1914 in Worthington Springs under the name Oak Grove Church. She said the church moved to Gainesville's turpentine quarters and changed its name to Dayspring in 1948. Several years later, the church purchased the land at its present location for $10.

During his sermon, which came from Revelations 2:12-17, Seales preached about the importance of believing in the Bible. The title of his sermon was "Standing on God's Principles."

Referring to Dayspring, Seales said "We thank God for what he is doing over here on this corner."

Seales said revelations contain special messages directed to churches in seven cities throughout the Roman province of Asia. He said there is a personal and direct charge given to each of the churches in the seven cities concerning the positions they held toward the Lord. He said the text caused him to ask the following questions: "What do we believe?" "How are these beliefs or principles acquired?" and "Why are these beliefs or principles important to us?"

Later in his sermon, Seales said it is important that Christians read the Bible for themselves and support their pastors.

"How can they hear without a preacher," said Seales, quoting Romans 10:14. "There has to be one. Listen, it's no slap in the face to you, it's just God's order of the day. No reason for you to get angry or mad, that is just the way God would have it to be."

During her closing remarks, Herring said she was grateful the Johnson Chapel family joined Dayspring for the service.

"I am so elated the Johnson Chapel family is with us today," Herring said. "And the reason I am so elated is that they are a part of our history. We have been going back and forward to Johnson Chapel when other churches wouldn't let us come, and I know we wouldn't have been allowed to do it if Pastor Seales hadn't allowed us to do it."

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