challenger staff reporter
At times the sound was almost deafening as believers “shouted” Amen from behind the wheels of their cars by blowing their horns. Welcome to Easter Sunday Service in the age of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Buffalo, New York. And leave it to Bishop Darius A. Pridgen, pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, to successfully organize and conduct such an alternative – if not controversial – event in the church parking lot. Bishop Pridgen, who battled COVID19 along with three of his children who are all healing, was a living testimony to God’s grace and mercy.
It was not, he acknowledged, “your typical worship service.” But Easter Sunday was never one that was easy or pretty, he added. His Easter outfit as he spoke from the outdoor stage, was complete with a surgical mask and gloves, as were the ushers and members who joined him. Attendees remained in their vehicles. Preaching from Matthew 28:1, his message of redemption and the awesome power of God, who during this crisis he said, is ushering “a new day in the Earth,” was electrifying and profound. “God will never fail you,” he intoned at one point. “Somebody blow your horn…”