Published on October 24th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Association Presents “God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse”

The Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Association, under the leadership Moderator Jamey O. Graham, Sr., invites you to be a part of a cultural classic – a soul stirring, thought provoking, musical celebration of art, history, and theater.  This musical will be held on November 3rd, 4pm at the Eau Claire High School Auditorium, 4800 Monticello Road. This event will also culminate the Association’s Annual Session which will be held on October 21 – 25th at Second Calvary Baptist Church, 1110 Mason Road.

James Weldon Johnsons God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, is a 1927 book of poems patterned after AfricanAmerican  preaching tradition.  In it, Johnson honors the creative, spiritual and political legacy of the black church and its sermonic traditions.

The book is comprised of seven poems:

  • “Listen, Lord — A Prayer” – an invocation
  • “The Creation” – A narrative retelling of the creation of human as told in the Bible. Instead of being a distant force, the Creator character is filled with personality and speaks in familiar language.
  • “The Prodigal Son” – from the biblical parable of the prodigal son
  • “Go Down Death — A Funeral Sermon” – in which Jesus is depicted as sending his servant, Death, to bring to heaven a weary woman who is old and ready to die, so that she can rest
  • “Noah Built the Ark” – retelling the biblical stories of Adam and Eve, a story of how sin entered the world, and of Noah and the Great Flood sent to cleanse the earth
  • “The Crucifixion” – telling the story of Jesus’ crucifixion
  • “Let My People Go– telling the biblical story of Moses and his work freeing the Hebrew slaves from Egypt, which has often been the basis of comparisons to the African-American slavery experience in the United States
  • “The Judgment Day” – the prophetic story of the Apocalypse

Our own, Rev. Dr. Carl R. Wells, Pastor of Second Calvary Baptist Church, will bring the book to life with his interpretation of this cultural classic, setting the book to music and thru the use of oratory expression, blending the talents of local actors, dancers and choirs.

It promises to be an experience that might best be described as a baptism in glorious sound!!

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased during the Annual Session at Second Calvary, or through the GMBA website ( www.gbaonline.org ) or by calling the secretary at 803-254-4170. The proceeds from this event will benefit the mission work of the Association.


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