Power of prayer

The congregation joins in as members of the Praise Team conduct the devotional part of the service. Left is the Rev. Dr. F.N. Gallmon, pastor of the church.

ALEX SANCHEZ/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:27 p.m.

No matter what obstacles come your way, and it seems the more you pray, the worse it gets, have faith and keep on praying because God is working on you whether you see it or not. God allows things in your life so that your soul will prosper and move you to the image of Christ.



* Pastor: Rev. Dr. Freeman Gallmon.

* Location: 718 SE 11th St.

* Services: Sunday School is 9:45 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11 a.m. Noon Day Prayer is noon Wednesday, and Bible Study is 7 p.m. Thursday.

* Phone: 352-372-0505.

That was the message delivered by Missionary Brenda James at the 2013 Women's Day Celebration held Sunday at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, where the pastor is the Rev. Dr. Freeman Gallmon. James is the first lady of Anderson Memorial Church of God in Christ in High Springs. The theme was "Power of a Praying Woman."

ShWanda G. Perry of Orlando, daughter of First Lady Wanda Gallmon and Rev. Gallmon, presided over the service, which was accentuated by powerful musical selections and vocals delivered by the Mount Moriah Praise Team and the Mount Moriah Mass Choir including a solo by Carla Barnett, a member of New Life Christian Center in the Monteocha community. Deaconess Mattie Crawford of Mount Moriah offered the opening prayer and Glenda Shaw delivered the welcome and occasion.

In her altar call prayer, first lady Gallmon recited Matthew 21:22, which states, "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."

She also offered encouragement.

"Think about pleasant things that make you happy," Gallmon said. "Don't look back. God has greater things ahead. There is a reason for what happens."

Pamela M. Jones, chairwoman of the Women's Day Celebration, was very pleased with the celebration, from the prayer luncheon in August to the Women in White service in September and the clothes giveaway in October.

"The community and the church family came together to help all the services be a success," Jones said.

During her sermon, James shared anecdotes of her life during a sermon full of hope and faith, with humor in the mix. She said she prayed and prayed for God to save her oldest child from the time he was in fifth grade until he was saved and sanctified at the age of 42. She said he was in fifth-grade when the school called because they couldn't find him. "When they found him, he had a gopher turtle in his backpack," James said. "He had taken all the books out."

James said sometimes when we go to people with our problems, people's advice is to "just keep on praying," and sometimes you get frustrated with that answer.

"Whatever you're dealing with — normal marriage problems, children or finances," James said, "my advice is ‘just keep on praying.'"

To illustrate her message, James preached from James 5:17-18 and I Kings 17:1. She also preached at length from 1 Kings 18:1, 4 and 41-46.

"Elijah prayed earnestly and with expectation," James said. "When you believe, you just believe. It's based on the power of God."

"God moves obstacles out of the way," James continued, "Pray earnestly according to God's word, pray expectantly. Just keep on praying and the hand of God will be in your life."

In his remarks and benediction, the Rev. Dr. Gallmon echoed James' message. "Just keep on praying and give yourself to Jesus and he will do the rest," he said.

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