Mother Emanuel AME church’s former reverend delivers sermon in Augusta

Mother Emanuel AME church’s former reverend delivers sermon in Augusta

Sunday morning service at Augusta’s Bethel AME church was somewhat special as the former reverend who led the Emanuel AME church following June 2015’s deadly mass shooting delivered a discourse to the congregation.

While the sorrow created by deadly mass shooting still has not ended nearly ten months later, yesterday’s message was clearly about forgiveness as well as how much work left the AME churches to do.

Rev. Dr. Goff said they should welcome everybody, and noted that they have witnessed a positive movement in terms of changes as well as relationships.

Delivering his sermon, Rev. Dr. Goff said, “We must be apart of a table, where everybody is welcome. We've seen a positive movement in terms of changes and relationships, Bible study is most integrated. We have blacks, whites and Hispanics who attend bible study on a weekly basis and folks from around the world come in to worship.”

Dr. Goff, who led the Mother Emanuel AME church in wake of last year’s tragic shooting, also expressed hope that the incident would bring a change during a time of political and social turbulence. He stressed that they weren’t called to divide; rather they were called to bring together.

The former reverend emphasized that AME church in Augusta wants to allow everybody know that its doors are always open to anyone who to attend a bible study or church service.


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