“Do You Know What Time It Is?” was the sermon title of our Aug. 24 guest speaker, Rev. Prescott Butler, (pastor of two United Methodist Churches and the President of the United Clergy of the Oranges and vicinity).
He began with Mathew 16:1-3 “The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” Then Rev. Butler remarked, “The division we see on earth may get worse before it gets better. However, we are gathered here today and there is something we can do about it, if we can discern the times.
“ …We live in a time that was prophesied a long time ago in Mathew 24:6-14 ‘You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various place… At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other… but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.’”
Rev. Butler assured everyone that Christ will come again. Until the time that Christ comes again we want to be united. There are two things we can do. We must pray and we must work. Prayer changes things. Through prayer we can revive this nation. Then he referred to II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” However, without National repentance there can be no peace. We should pray for the removal of the judgement which is upon us. Pray and repent. National unity is possible. Then God will heal our land.
God is love. If we are in His image then we must also be love…We need more God, not guns, more God not hatred, more God less religion. God sent us the Holy Spirit to remind us of all the things Jesus said. Unity and Peace comes through the Holy spirit…There is no peace without God. Will you pray for peace? Will you work for peace? Then peace is on its way.
This prayer breakfast was held at Messiah Baptist Church, hosted by Rev. Dana Owens, who was a guest speaker at our Monthly Prayer Breakfast, in January of this year. Rev. Dr. Stephen Webb, Rev. Dr. Michael Sykes and Rev. Dr. Jeffery Garland (who are all part of the same Clergy organization.) came to support their president, Rev. Prescott S. Butler.
The theme was American Clergy Reviving America in Unity, which was taken from the ACLC Convocation in Los Vegas, on June 21st. Mother Moon spoke to the clergy about the responsibility of Christianity to bring America back to God. A video clip was shown to help the participants feel the spirit and power of unity among the churches and clergy who participated in the Unity Rally that followed the Convocation.
Dr. Lizzie Alston read a Bible verse on Unity (Ps. 133) and then read Father Moon’s words about Jesus. This was followed by prayers by Rev. Dr. Mensah Ledlum and Rev. Peaceval Ekweghariri (Pastor Peace.) Pastor Peace emphasized in his prayer that before we can have unity with each other, we need to unite our spirit, soul and body. When our spirit, soul and body are united, we can achieve unity with God. Only then can we love our neighbors.
Rev. Dr. Michael Sykes (National ACLC Executive Committee Member and pastor of United Missionary Baptist Church) introduced the guest speaker.
Rev. Grodner (National ACLC Executive Coordinator) gave a testimony about the ACLC Convocation in Las Vegas and announced that the Mother of Peace Rally, will be in New Jersey. He also commented that everyone is looking for the Kingdom of Heaven. When he attends the ACLC prayer Breakfasts he sees a little bit of heaven. Dr. Greg (ACLC Executive Coordinator of the Northeast, USA) welcomed everyone on behalf of ACLC New Jersey. The Clifton Youth Dancers performed the UNCONDITONAL Dance which they performed at Mother Moon’s Rallies.
Rev. Dr. Mensah Ledlum shared that he recently had a dream of Father Moon. In the dream, Rev. Ledlum was lying on the ground. He was in pain because of his legs. He saw Father Moon in the distance, coming toward him with a short man. The short man continued toward him. The man said to him, “Father Moon sent me.” Then the short man began to massage Rev. Ledlum’s legs. Father Moon told Rev. Ledlum, “If you work with Mother Moon your legs will be healed. “
Submitted by Rev. Kathaleen Sato / NJ ACLC