New Rocky Valley Baptist Church of Grambling held its annual revival Sept. 14 – 16. The theme of the revival was “Lord Wilt Thou Revive Us Again?” Maurice White, pastor of Ruston’s Zion Traveler Baptist Church, preached each night.
On Monday it was “Don’t Waste God’s Grace.” He used I Corinthians 15: 9 – 10 as his reference. The message was centered around the idea that we are only able to serve God because of His grace.
Tuesday’s sermon was entitled “Repairing a Fractured Fellowship.”
White said that people should recognize their sins, be willing to deal with the repercussions of sin and repent for sins. The text he used was taken from II Samuel 12:1 – 13.
The last night’s main point was to praise God for the victory.
White said, “The purposes of this revival are to help us grow closer to the Lord, strengthen our faith and embolden us to witness for the Lord.”
Each night at the revival there was a guest church whose choir sang. On Monday it was Christ Temple Baptist Church of Ruston. J.D. Lanier is the pastor of this church.
The guest church for Tuesday was Arcadia’s Mt. Calm Baptist Church, which is led by Boris Braggs.
White’s church was featured on the last night of the revival.
New Rocky Valley’s Sunday School classes, deaconesses and deacons were each given a night of the revival to be in charge. Monday was Sunday School Night; Tuesday was Deaconess Night, and Wednesday was Deacon’s Night.
Valencia Williams-Clemons, a member of Zion Traveler’s since 1980 who sings in the mass choir, said, “The revival was spiritually filled, and we were glad to provide the musical ministry to those who attended, and we were excited about being invited to share our spiritual voices with the members of New Rocky Valley.”
Clifford Williams a member of New Rocky Valley for more than 20 years, said, “I think it was great, very uplifting.” Williams sings in the church’s choir.
Julius Sumler, pastor of New Rocky Valley, said, “What a mighty God we serve. We can testify that all of our souls have been revived again.