Fourteen Local Churches Host The First-Ever New Year’s Day Unity Service. The Cambridge Unity Sunday Morning Service, sponsored by churches in Cambridge, marks the first time in the city’s history that fourteen different congregations representing various Christian denominations will come together for a single Sunday morning worship service. The event will take place on Sunday, January 1 at the historic First Baptist Church, 5 Magazine Street Cambridge, MA, and will begin at 11 a.m.
This service marks an important step not only for the congregations involved, but also for the neighborhoods they serve. Pastors, individual church members and welcomed guests will be setting aside more than just denominational differences during this time; they will also set aside race, class, ethnic and age differences toward the common purpose of uniting the body of Jesus Christ. “Revival cannot come, until the church is one,” says Bishop Brian Greene, pastor of Pentecostal Tabernacle and a member of the organizing committee. While many people hope to begin the New Year with renewed promises and goals, one community in Cambridge is not waiting too long into 2012 to begin making its resolutions a reality.
In a city that is traditionally known for its intellectual institutions and high real-estate market, the sponsoring churches hope to put Cambridge on the map for a new thing, which is putting the unity back into community. In a social and political climate in which every issue seems to be polarizing, this service is aimed at bringing people together initially for Sunday morning service. Eventually, it will act as a gateway for addressing social issues that collectively affect the church and individual communities such as poverty, faith and family.
“This is above and beyond what any of us could have dreamed even a year ago,” says Greene. Thus, while the service may be a first, it follows in the wake of many years of prayer and partnership among the participating congregations.
In addition to a full Sunday service including a worship band, an inspirational message and communion, the morning will conclude with a prayer of blessing for each person for the New Year, as well as refreshments following the service. For more information on this event please visit www.ptspice.org.
A Place to Heal Ministries
Abundant Life Church
Calvary Praise & Worship Center
Cambridge Community Fellowship Church
Cambridge First Church of the Nazarene
Cambridgeport Baptist Church
Christian Mission Holiness Church
First Baptist Church
First Holiness Church
RUSH Memorial AME Zion Church
Spirit of Power Living Word Ministries International
Union Baptist Church
Speaker: Reverend Lawrence A. Ward, Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Church
Worship Director: Austin Marks, Pentecostal Tabernacle
Communion Service: Pastors of Cambridge
New Year’s Day Prayer/Blessing: Pastors of Cambridge