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Updated: 06/20/2013 10:30:02AM

Churches set aside denominations for worship

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A choral group from First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church brings "Jesus, What a Wonder You Are" at the community worship event held at First Baptist Church in Lake Wales Sunday night.

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Pastor Walt Nelson of Impact Church in Lake Wales blows the Shofar, an instrument played by ancient Jewish people in celebration of festivals and victories throughout their history.

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Men from the Mt. Zion Progressive Church join the singing.

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Chris Brewer from High Point Church brings "Love Came Down."

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Mt. Zion Progressive Church presents "I love to Call on the Name of Jesus."

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Cindy Polston sings "This Blood" with the Mass Choir, comprised of several different churches.

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John Kimbrough, Co-Director of the Business, Civic and Ministry Coalition, brings the introduction to the offering and offers the prayer as well.

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First Baptist Church Pastor Scott Markley narrates a scripture reading.

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Rosa Henderson, director of the Mt. Zion Progressive Baptist Church choir, (holding the microphone) leads the number with the choir behind her in singing "I love to Call on the Name of Jesus."

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Iglesia de Deos brought special music, some of which was in Spanish.

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Members of the First Baptist Church choir sing "Lord, You're Mighty."

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The Reverend J.J. Pierce, pastor of First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church and the newly appointed Lake Wales Police Chaplain, brings a scripture reading.

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Danielle Williams and Iris Wilson begin their moves for the praise dance portion of Celebrate Jesus, a community wide worship event held Sunday night at First Baptist Church. The name of their group is Purity and they are from The Family Church in Lake Wales, Highland Park Manor. The event was coordinated by the Business, Civic and Ministry Coalition. For more photos, see page 6. Additional photo coverage can be found at lakewalesnews.com.

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What better way to spend Sunday night than at the community wide worship service. The service, A Celebration of Jesus, was well attended, with hand clapping and hand raising, singing, dancing, and even this tambourine, brought by one of the local church members.

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These praise dancers show their graceful worship.

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Sean Flores of Impact Church plays the guitar for "Your Great Name," brought by Impact's praise group.

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Danielle Williams points to toward heaven as Purity performs a number called "There He Is." Purity is a group of praise dancers from The Family Church in Highland Manor, Lake Wales.

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This man's T-Shirt says it all for him.

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Pastor Roscoe Williams of Greater St. Thomas Church brings a scripture reading.

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Purity, the praise dance group from The Family Church, worships in dance.

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Pastor Eric Grenier of Crossridge Community Church brings encouraging remarks for the group.

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Tabiar Boswell is hoisted into the position of the Cross by Danielle Williams and Iris Wilson.

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There were many hands raised in worship throughout the First Baptist auditorium as the Celebration of Jesus got underway, bringing several area churches of various denominations together under one roof.

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Pastor Willie Kingcade of Mt. Zion Progressive Church brings a narration before the next choral group performs.

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Iris Wilson twirls in motion with "Purity" praise dance group from The Family Church.

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Ladies from New Harvest Worship Center are accompanied by Chris Brewer on the guitar.

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Darrianna Parker takes position at the front of the group while Iris Wilson completes her twirl.

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Darrianna Parker, Danielle Williams and Shannon Boston strike a pose.

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Charles Little, pastor of Worship Arts at First Baptist Church in Lake Wales, coordinated the entire event, comprised of multiple churches, choirs, musicians, and dancers. Here, he leads in congregational singing "Crown Him with Many Crowns."

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The Mass Choir brings praise and worship through singing.

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Shannon Boston, in the rear of the group, poises herself for her next move in the well choreographed routine.

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Cathy Montero leads singing in the congregational worship.

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Shannon Boston and Danielle Williams bring dance with praise dance group "Purity."

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The musicians included many on stringed and wind instruments, in addition to horns and drums.

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Rosa Henderson, director of the Mt. Zion Progressive Baptist Church choir, (holding the microphone) leads the number with the choir behind her in singing "I love to Call on the Name of Jesus."

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Kevin Respress, Co-Director of the Business, Civic and Ministry Coalition, brings the opening prayer.

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The song, "Your Name," led by New Harvest Church, brought many to their feet with hands raised.

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The music was brought by worship choirs and singers from churches all over the city.

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Danielle Williams points to toward heaven as Purity performs a number called "There He Is." Purity is a group of praise dancers from The Family Church in Highland Manor, Lake Wales.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ



There were many hands raised in worship throughout the First Baptist auditorium as the Celebration of Jesus got underway, bringing several area churches of various denominations together under one roof.

By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

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For a few hours, they set their denomination emphasis aside to unite for the cause they all had in common: Jesus.

The Business, Civic and Ministry Coalition organized the event, called “A Celebration of Jesus” in an effort to unite churches from various denominations and promote community togetherness.

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