Music and Worship Arts Auxiliary
President Coleman's 2014 Annual Session Message
A Message from the Desk of Dr. Angelique Banks-Coleman
President, Music [and Worship Arts] Auxiliary
All roads lead to New Orleans, the city known as the most unique city in the United States. New Orleans, the Crescent City, the Big Easy, is known as the birthplace of jazz, which is a direct descendant of the spiritual, the first, true American music. This early form of jazz is known as Dixieland and it brings to mind “Basin Street Blues,” and the rhythmic rendition of “O When the Saints God Marching In” heard boisterously, as mourners leave the cemetery after burying a loved one. The spiritual, early jazz and the blues will ultimately lead us to Gospel music where, in its inception, it borrowed tunes from the secular melodies of jazz and the blues.
New Orleans is also the home of the New Orleans Saints football team. Well, the saints of God will come to New Orleans to “lift high His royal banner” in praise and adoration to our God. We come to New Orleans “for His glory!” The Psalmist says, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (Psalm 29:2). We come to worship Him in spirit and truth. We come to give Him glory through teaching, preaching, praise, fellowship and witnessing. It is our prayer that as a result of our being there persons all over this “unique” city will come to know our unique and awesome Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.
We will have classes, workshops and seminars, specifically geared toward those who serve in the Worship Ministries of their church, particularly music, dance and media. We are certainly looking forward to a Spirit-filled time with the saints in New Orleans as well as those from across the country.
This year the Northeast Region had a concert and live recording in New York City in June. The recording of that wonderful concert will be available for purchase at the Annual Session in September. Bring your Christmas list and purchase a CD for everyone on that list. The CD’s are only $10.00. You can pick up your CD at the Music [and Worship Arts] Auxiliary booth in the Concessions area at the Convention Center.
On a sorrowful note, the Music [and Worship Arts] Auxiliary mourns the loss of our Vice President of the Southwest Region, the Reverend Albert Green. We are praying for his family and church families as they move through this time of grief.
Finally, we have been planning for your arrival and hope you have planned to be with us this year.
Angelique Banks Coleman, President
Music [and Worship Arts] Auxiliary