pictured: Calvary Baptist Church Reverend Corey Gibson giving his Easter sermon / Blanc Photographie
From living rooms to parking lots to chapels with masked, socially distanced worshipers, Buffalo’s Black churches celebrated their second Resurrection Sunday after a year of hardship and loss.
This year was an excellent time for renewing one’s faith. Believers will be the first to explain that Easter is merely the commercial side – with eggs and chocolate bunnies and new clothes – when the Resurrection comes through Jesus Christ who died for our sins on Friday and rose on Sunday morning.
Calvary Baptist Church, pastored by Rev. Corey Gibson on Genesee Street in Buffalo is but one example of area churches throughout the community that faithfully celebrated Resurrection Sunday with praise and worship last week for a hybrid service (live and virtual). There were some 50 cars in the church parking lot for a virtual service, as well as socially distanced chairs set up for worshippers who choose to worship outside. Rev. GIBSON, who preached a beautiful Word, gave communion, the choir sang, a moving worship dance was performed , and participants, including one 88 year old member, was ecstatic to be able to attend the live service.
If it is the will of God next year on Resurrection Sunday, the churches will be fully open and filled to capacity with grateful worshippers and praises going up and blessings, abundantly, coming down!