There is an old hymn of the African American Church that would create a great emotional stir among the congregation each time it was sung. During devotion, the opening moments of Sunday worship, a deacon would clear his throat and fill the sanctuary with the following words of this passionate hymn, “When all God’s children get together, oooh what a time; what a time; what a time”. Shortly after beginning the song the team of deacons sitting beside him on the front row, along with the elder saints throughout the church, would join him in this harmonious and rhythmic reminder of the joy discovered when saints worship together. Last Tuesday (March 29) when the Baptist Ministers Union of Austin and Vicinity (B.M.U.) convened at Austin Graduate School of Theology with President Stan Reid, this hymn and those memories of worship immediately came to mind.
The Baptist Ministers Union of Austin and Vicinity is a predominantly African-American fellowship of pastors and ministers who meet weekly to equip and encourage one another in ministry through teaching, preaching, and community involvement. On Tuesday the B.M.U. had the privilege of worshipping in the Claude Hocott Student Commons area with Dr. Reid as our host and guest preacher. Dr. Reid and I believed meeting at Austin Grad would be a mutual blessing for our fellowship and Austin Grad. As I reflect on our evening together I am persuaded we were right.