The Black Church Studies Fall Worship Service

The Black Church Studies Program

Fall Worship Service

The Vitality of the Black Church Twenty Years Later… 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010





Welcome                                                                                                                                                                                     Felisha Chism 12T


Call to Worship                                                                                                                                                                              Juana Jordan 11T



“God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far on the way. Thou who hast by thy might led us into the light keep us forever in Thy path we pray.


Even as the worlds were formed, continents named, oceans separated, and your plan for humankind began to unfold, you had us on your mind.


Thank you, Gracious Lord, for including us in your divine plan.


Throughout Holy Scripture and throughout our history, we have witnessed your keeping power and we have been recipients of your love and grace.


Thank you, Gracious Lord, for including us in your divine plan.


We thank you, dear Savior, for the gifts, talents, uniqueness, and cultural blessings you have poured out upon your people.


May we always appreciate the blessings you have bestowed upon us, O God.


We thank you for the wisdom, strength, and determination we learned from our ancestors and for the blessings and love of family and friends, O God.


And we stand today, O God, as a corporate family in love to remember, reflect, honor, and celebrate the heritage, history, and legacy you have given to us. And we ask that you, O Lord, will keep us forever in thy path, we pray. Amen.

Opening Hymn                                                                         “Yes God is Real”                                                  

Invocation                                                                                                                                                                                    Jawwad Love 13T

Song Selection                                                                                                                                        Voices of Imani, Directed by Dedric Cowser 12T

Scripture                                                                                                                                                                                     Katrina Moore 11T

Liturgical Dance                                                                                                                                                   Rev. Dominique A. Robinson 10T, 11T


Introduction of Speaker                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Teresa Fry Brown

                                                                                                                                                                                        Professor of Homiletics

Song Selection                                                                                                                                                                                Voices of Imani


Sermon                                                                                                                                                                               Bishop Mildred B. Hines

Benediction                                                                                                                                                                          Bishop Mildred B. Hines

Recessional                                                                                 “Guide My Feet”                                                   

Cannon Chapel Worship Greeters: BCS Certificate Students

Reception: BCS Certificate Students

Hymns used in the service are from the African American Heritage Hymnal. (Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc. 2001)

                              Yes God is Real   # 162

                              Words and Text by Kenneth Morris

                              Copyright 1944, Martin and Morris Inc

                              Guide My Feet # 131

                              Text: Tradiitonal Spiritual

                              Harmony: Dr. Wendell P/ Whalum

Reprinted by permission:  OneLicense #A-901743  

Biography of The Right Reverend Mildred “Bonnie” Hines

The Right Reverend Mildred “Bonnie” Hines is the first of five daughters—Renita, Marcia, Charlotte, and Maria-- born to Roscoe and JoAnn Gwyn Hines of Mount Airy, North Carolina, a rural, family town. The home of her grandparents, Jess and Melissa Gwyn, was one of the three gathering sites for members of the community; the other two were the church and the school.

Bishop Hines received her schooling in the public, county schools in Surry County, North Carolina. She credits Miss Virginia Galloway, her first grade teacher, for instilling in her a thirst for learning and a passion for speaking. Her favorite subjects were English, chemistry, history, and home economics at North Surry High School. After receiving an academic and athletic scholarship, Bishop Hines attended Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Home Economics Education. She received her Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was awarded a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and certification in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from the Colgate Rochester School of Divinity in Rochester, New York.  She was awarded a Doctor of Ministry from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bishop Hines pastored First A.M.E. Zion Church in Los Angeles, California, prior to her election to the episcopacy. Her previous assignments and involvement, include serving as senior pastor at Walls Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Charlotte, NC; Saint Peter’s Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church, Gastonia, NC; and, Waddell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Shelby, NC.


She has also served as an office assistant and ghostwriter for the Department of Church School Literature for the A. M. E. Zion Church.

Her lay profession was as a senior buyer for Belk Department Stores.

Bishop Hines was elected in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 18, 2008 at the 48th General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church as the 98th bishop in the line of succession of the A.M.E. Zion Church.  She is the first female to be elected to the episcopacy in the 214th year history of the denomination.

Bishop Hines is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA). She is a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a Life Member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) as well as a member of the Los Angeles unit of Church Women United.

Prior to her elevation to the episcopacy Bishop Hines’ served as a member of the President’s Advisory Board for the University of Southern California (USC).  She also was a faculty member for USC’s School of Religion’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, where she taught Leadership Development classes to empower clergy and lay leaders, assisting them to expand their vision for community development and social engagement projects.  She sat on several boards, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Los Angeles Council of Churches, and the Traditionally Black Methodist Churches of Los Angeles, to name a few.

Bishop Hines’ currently has been assigned to supervise the Western West Africa Episcopal District, which includes over 450 churches in Ghana, Liberia, Cotê d’Ivoire and Togo.