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Fourth of July Service Sunday
by Special to the Conservative
Jun 26, 2014 | 298 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carrollton Baptist Church is hosting the annual Fourth of July Tabernacle Service. This year's service will be held on Sunday, June 29, at 8:00 am, leaving time for participants to attend their own church's regular services.

The service will consist of recognition of those who have served in the armed forces by the Third Arrow MSS DAR, the patriotic medley "Thankful To Be An American" led by Bro. Bernard Taylor, Carrollton Baptist Church minister of music, and the sermon by Bro. Fletcher Moorman, pastor of Carrollton Baptist Church.

Not only does this annual community worship service recognize the military service of our brave men and women, it also continues a long standing tradition of community worship in Carrollton and North Carrollton. According to J. R. Bingham in a newspaper article written in 1929, the Methodists held a brush arbor revival on the banks of Big Sand Creek "midway between Carrollton and North Carrollton" in 1922 that laid the foundation for future community services. Under the leadership of Rev. S.C Yates, pastor, and evangelist Rev. W. M. McIntosh, those in attendance were moved to subscribe $3,000 to build the Carroll County Tabernacle.

Although the article does not list the "four evangelical churches" who agreed to join annually in one great meeting, scattered through the article are mentioned the Episcopal, Presbyterian and Baptist leaders who spoke. Much like our Fourth of July service, each church took leadership for the service on a rotating basis with the other churches cooperating. With devoted men of God from as far away as Ohio preaching the Word of God as fervently as Isaiah, the 1,000 seat tabernacle was filled with Christians from Carrollton, North Carrollton, other churches in Carroll County and even from surrounding counties.

A "collection" or offering will be taken to help with the up-keep of the Tabernacle and the grounds. This, too, honors the history of the Tabernacle. According to Bingham, "Collections, each night and on Sunday morning, meet all local expenses, an a free-will offering, hilariously made, expresses the appreciation of our people for their visiting ministers who preach to us the unsearchable riches of Christ. The good accomplished? A deep, widespread, genuine revival and many additions, all of which cannot be tabulated until 'that day.' "

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