by Robert Earl Houston
ST. LOUIS – Today marks the ninth Sunday in the year of our Lord 2019. Of those nine Sundays, three have now become weather-related cancellations. That means 1/3 of our Sunday morning worship services in 2019 have been canceled and according to long-range forecasts, this may not be the last one for this winter/spring.
It is real living in the Midwest. Every area of the country has some type of relevant reasons for shutting their doors. In California – it may be wildfires or even excessive heat; In the Northwest – it may be snow or flooding; In the South – it could be a tornado watch or flooding; In the North, it could be bitter cold; In Florida or the Carolinas or Georgia, it could be hurricanes or flooding.
But this year for us in St. Louis, it’s the snow. Several of us have had or scheduling make-up services to give our parishioners the opportunity to worship and support their local congregation.
In this season it’s a matter of trusting God. Financially, snow puts a strain on any church’s budget. You have to deal with snow removal, sometimes a busted pipe or some internal flooding, higher heating bills, etc. I have learned to trust God to be “Jehovah-Jireh” – the provider in these times of weather uncertainty. Surely, He will make a way.
So my lament is also my praise! I praise Him for his protection extended to every member of the congregation that I have the privilege of serving as pastor. And I’m trusting God to continue to provide.
by Robert Earl Houston
Last evening our church, Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church, had been invited to a Revival Service at the Oak Grove Baptist Church of St. Louis, Inc. It was a great crowd. The music was provided by the St. Louis Union Gospel Chorus (and how the Lord used them!!!).
The guest evangelist was Rev. Brian K. Weaver, Jr.
Not one of the Convention, State or District leaders.
Not one of the guys who is “on the circuit” across the country.
Not a megachurch pastor.
Not a “convention preacher.”
Not even a “conference preacher” who is seen in most conferences across the country.
Rev. Weaver is a 20-year-old preacher – an associate minister at Oak Grove. In his preaching, he reminds me of a young Dr. Donald Parson. He has presence powered by the Holy Spirit. He went from the drums to the pulpit fluidly and how he blessed those in attendance by his preaching. He didn’t stay there long . . . maybe 20 minutes at most . . . and then a grown man walked down the aisle to unite with the church. God be praised!
It was refreshing to see this young man preach. The energy, the connection, the gifts on display. And it made me think . . . how refreshing it was to just go to church and hear a young preacher who was not trying to preach to impress, or run for denominational office, or preach with an agenda – rather, just to open the book and preach. The celebration of preaching was amazing.
Maybe we have become accustomed to only wanting to hear the “stars of the church” that we forget that everyone had to start somewhere in ministry . . . namely, the beginning. If you can’t be blessed and encouraged by someone who doesn’t have the cadre of degrees or the trappings of a large church . . . you may be missing out on a solid presentation.
As I grow older in the ministry, I am amazed by the continued preaching strength of my elders; I am amazed by the powerful preaching of my contemporaries . . .
And last night, I am encouraged by that new, younger crowd, that will one day receive the mantle of ministry across this country. Job well done Rev. Weaver!
MERCY SEAT MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE – JANUARY 20, 2018
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – The Pastor, Officers, and Members of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church are deeply saddened by the homegoing of our beloved Pastor Emeritus, the Reverend Dr. James Brown, Sr., who went home to be with the Lord this morning, January 20, 2018.
Dr. Brown was called to the pastorate of Mercy Seat in August 1985 and accepted the call and responsibility as the eleventh pastor of the church. He built his ministry on the premise that Mercy Seat would be effective in her three-fold ministry of mission, evangelism, and education.
Under his leadership, the Lord showed favor upon he and Mercy Seat: Two 15 passenger vans were purchased and replaced with a 24 passenger bus; a program was designed for total membership involvement and participation from the children to the Golden Agers was implemented; the Tuesday Evening Prayer Service and Weekly Bible Classes were strengthened along with a strong Christian Education Ministry; A Children’s Church was established; additional parking lots added; Expansion of the Sanctuary with seating exceeding 1,100 and creation of an educational facility with needed classrooms and assembly room; a Food Bank was established; Purchase of additional lots surrounding the church and a 43 unit senior apartment complex was built in conjunction with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development; In 2005, an elevator was installed for the benefit of the church members and guests.
In December 23, 2010, the City of St. Louis approved of an ordinance drafted by Alderman Terry Kennedy which created an honorary designation of the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard as “Rev. James Brown, Sr. Avenue.”
Pastor Brown retired in 2015 after serving Mercy Seat for thirty years. He was then asked by the Church to serve as Interim Pastor during the transition of the call of his successor. Pastor Brown served FAITHFULLY!
We ask you to honor the privacy of the Brown family at this time and allow them the time to grieve privately. We ask you to pray for his wife, Lady Carole Brown, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends. He leaves a heart-broken Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church family, Berean District Association family, Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri family, and National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. family – including those who attended his National Baptist Congress class that he taught from the Book of Revelation. Homegoing Services are pending at this time.
It is only befitting that we remember and honor our shepherd with a scripture – to comfort our hearts: “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work” (2 Thessalonians 16-17).
In honor of Pastor Brown, the pastoral pulpit chair will be draped until April 8, 2018, as we remember our dynamic and God-led pastor emeritus. May the Lord bless the works of his hands and the teaching that he instilled in our congregation.
Pastor Robert Earl Houston and the
Members of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church
St. Louis, Missouri
Global United Fellowship sadly announces the transitioning of Bishop Henry Barnwell.Bishop Barnwell was one of the first public supporters of GUF, and having already retired from full-time ministry, continued to offer his support to our presiding prelate and the fellowship, also attending his inauguration in November of 2014.Our sincerest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are extended to his loved ones and church family members, during this time of bereavement. We share in their sorrow and praise God for the life of our Beloved brother, Bishop Henry Barnwell. May his soul rest in eternal peace.Celebration of Life Services are as follows:Body to “Lie in State”Wed. Sept. 20th, 2017First New Life Church, 1902 West Roeser Rd.,Noon to 8pm, Phoenix, AZ (Open to public)Viewing / WakeThur. Sept. 21st, 2017Pilgrim Rest Church, 1401 E. Jefferson5pm – 7pm & 7pm – 9pm Wake, Phoenix, AZFuneral ServiceFri. Sept., 22nd, 2017Pilgrim Rest Church, 1401 E. Jefferson9am – Viewing / 10am Funeral Service, Phoenix, AZInterment to follow immediately after the service at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZPlease send all acknowledgements and resolutions to Preston Funeral Home: email address Pfh3800@qwest.netIn lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the MLK Scholarship Fund.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Body Lying in State: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. PST
Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
3146 Oceanview Boulevard
San Diego, California 92113
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Viewing 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Homegoing Service 10 a.m.
Bayview Baptist Church
6134 Benson Avenue
San Diego, California 92114
Rev. Terry W. Brooks, Pastor
Rev. Clyde E. Gaines, II, Eulogist
Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Noble Drive
San Diego, California 92122