Sunday, September 1, 2013
Two of Brooklyn’s Largest Congregations Make History
By Hasan James
The iconic Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, made history on Sunday, September 1, 2013, as it marked the first time the two choirs joined forces to combine one big choir. The two Grammy winning choirs formed a combined 350- plus mass choir for a special afternoon of praise, worship and fellowship that marked the close of summer. As a collective, both choirs sang songs from the vast repertoires that spans a combined six decades.
“When I received a call from Carol Cymbala and she said the she wanted our two choirs to come together, it was like a dream come true for me”, said Bishop Hezekiah Walker. Brooklyn Tabernacle’s choir director Carol Cymbala and Bishop Hezekiah Walker rotated as conductors for the special event, which included songs form both of their extensive catalogs. Songs like “You’re All I Need,” “Faithful Is Our God,” “More Than A Conqueror,” “Every Praise” and a surprise guest appearance from EMI Recording artist, Sherri Jones- Moffett on “I Feel Your Spirit”, marked the first half of the monumental evening.
For the second half, Carol Cymbala took to the stage and before she commenced to her directorial duties, she presented Bishop Walker with a plaque for his contribution to the gospel music industry and the body of Christ at large. To top off a marvelous night of praise and worship, under the direction of Carol Cymbala, the choir delivered soul stirring songs like “The Man,” “The Blood,” and “I’ve Been Redeemed,” with contemporary gospel artist, Brandon Camphor on lead.
It’s no secret that many churches in New York City don’t fellowship with one another like they should and although many churches have done a great job at winning souls for the kingdom, camaraderie amongst other congregations are minimal. On a crisp September evening, Love Fellowship Tabernacle and Brooklyn Tabernacle proved that two churches with two different cultures can come together in song, in worship and in love and make history in the process.