April 13, 2001 |
Sharon Baptist Church's stunning new 8.5-acre worship center in Wynnefield, the site of filled-to-capacity services for its initial Easter a year ago, will sit idle this Sunday. Enon Tabernacle Baptist's snug 800-seat space in Germantown won't have to feel the crush of spillover crowds. Instead, two of the city's largest Baptist congregations will join for worship at 10 a.m. at an unusual venue: Temple University's Liacouras Center. They expect to fill all 10,000 or so seats in one of the largest Resurrection Sunday services ever conducted in Philadelphia.
July 5, 1986 |
The remnants of the nationwide counterculture celebrated its beliefs among the curious and the uncommitted in a forest clearing here yesterday with a noon-hour worship of often naked silence. A bare-breasted woman stood in the midst of 7,000 people sitting on the grass, held high three feathers, and then turned to the four corners of the earth, again and again, leading the worship of nature in silence. A naked young man took her place, then a young woman in a long-sleeved white dress, then others.
April 20, 2000 |
Eighty-six - count 'em, 86 - ministries keep the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ an exuberant house of the Lord, especially for young people and especially at Easter. On Palm Sunday, the drum and bugle corps ministry paraded down the main aisle. This week, the drama ministry is providing the climax for the Easter season with a three-night passion play in gospel rhythms. "If a church is going to be viable in reaching young people, you've got to have a level of excitement," said Bishop Ernest Morris as he viewed a rehearsal from the balcony of his new sanctuary at 6401 Ogontz Ave. "Especially with young people, you've got to do more than preach sermons and sing songs.
November 16, 1989 |
The Quaker meeting for worship begins without hymns, spoken prayers or announcements - just silence, the kind of thoughtful quiet that not even a bird's song or a toddler's whisper can penetrate. "Sometimes," said Randy Lyons, a member of the Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, "the most rewarding meeting is one where nobody says a word. You come away, and everyone knows it's been a special meeting. " The low-key approach to worship reflects the lifestyle of the Quakers, 3,000 of whom live in Chester County.
March 24, 1989 |
Easter arrives this year in tandem with the very beginning of spring. This weekend, many houses of worship are the essence of simplicity; stripped of adornment, they await the arrival of Easter. Others are wearing their holiday finery: flowers, bright colors and a fresh scrubbing. So get out a comfortable pair of walking shoes, because in Philadelphia we are particularly blessed with historic houses of worship that have lasted through the decades and continue to hold active congregations.
February 1, 1992 |
They died pretty much the way they lived - hard and uneasy. Their lives had been full of strenuous work and burdens too heavy to weigh. Some were ex-slaves. All were members of the First African Baptist Church. They were buried between 1810 and 1842 in the church's cemeteries at 8th and Vine and 10th and Vine. Incredibly, though, some of the old-time members have yet to find a final resting place. Ninety-seven still are housed in the offices of John Milner Associates, an architectural and archaeological consulting firm studying the members' remains in hopes of discovering more about these 19th-century African-Americans.
September 29, 1991 |
Although they are all gone, buried in a graveyard a mile away, the founders of the 165-year-old Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church in Mount Holly are very much alive to James B. Irby. Each time he enters the Washington Street house of worship, he said he feels their warmth and spirit emanating from the old wooden pews and the bright stained-glass windows. "I believe there is a sweet spirit and a magic love that has kept this church going for 165 years," said Irby, church historian and superintendent of the Sunday school.
March 1, 1992 |
Donna Echols, her bare feet making no sound, moves expressively to the music. At first, she moves slowly, her arms open wide to the heavens. But as the tempo picks up and the drums begin beating, she twirls and leaps. Her face, a study in peaceful contemplation, provides a marked contrast to her quick, gracefully moving body. She ends the dance on her knees, hands clasped, as if in prayer. When Echols dances, she is praying. The art form is called liturgical dance, and last Sunday Echols demonstrated for an appreciative congregation at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hatboro.
October 20, 2010
Ryan Howard said he might call Barry Bonds to "see what's going on" or "talk some trash, maybe. " The Giants organization had the disgraced slugger throw out the first pitch Tuesday. Anyone else think it's odd that, of all the players in Giants history, they chose to honor Bonds before Game 3? That's some serious trash Howard could talk. "Hey, Barry, your head keeps getting smaller, what's that all about? . . . Barry, is it true HGH doesn't work in the postseason? . . . Explain to me again the difference between a grand slam and a grand jury.
November 18, 1994 |
If the thing you don't like about most church services is that they just don't have enough drum solos, or that hardly anybody ever says "cool daddy," then check out the righteous jams going down Sunday at jazz vespers. Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church conducts this unusual worship service the third Sunday of every month, promptly at 5 p.m. There are no cover charge, no ID check and no drink minimum (of course, there are no drinks, either). It's open to everyone and, if you're willing to take a pass on the collection plate, it's absolutely free.