Holy Rollers – 26 August 2019

Here is church with all the life and energy of a jazz club. Worship has been going on for a while, and those gathered are fully engaged with God and each other. This is a picture that we can almost hear – the speaking in tongues, the singing, ‘thank you Jesus’, ‘praise you Jesus’. Beneath the pendant light a woman dances under the influence of the Holy Spirit. While the bottom half of this picture is very busy, the top half is still, and there are no human figures. It is to here that the praise rises, the words painted on the wall ‘Jesus’ and ‘Saves’ marking this as a Holy Space where God is encountered.

The picture is ‘Tongues (Holy Rollers)’ by Archibald J Motley Jr., a New Orleans born artist, who painted scenes of boisterous and energetic life from Chicago’s South Side.

This last weekend saw the celebration of 400 years of African American History and Culture, including the honouring of those Africans who arrived in British Virginia in August 1619. This picture celebrates the contribution of African Americans in what became Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement.

 

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

1 Corinthians 14:26

God Almighty brought us out,
None like God without a doubt.
Come on children, let’s sing
About the goodness of the Lord

Hallelujah!
Come on children, let’s sing
About the goodness of the Lord.
Come on children, let’s shout
All about God’s rich reward.
Guide our footsteps everyday
Keeps us in this narrow way.
Come on children let sing
About the goodness of the Lord.

African American Traditional Spiritual

Do Lord, do Lord
Do remember me
Do Lord, do Lord
Do remember me
Do Lord, do Lord
Do remember me
Do Lord, remember me

When I’m in trouble
Do remember me
When I’m in trouble
Do remember me
When I’m in trouble
Do remember me
Do Lord, remember me

When I’m dying
Do remember me
When I’m dying
Do remember me
When I’m dying
Do remember me
Do Lord, remember me

When this world’s on fire
Do remember me
When this world’s on fire
Do remember me
When this world’s on fire
Do remember me
Do Lord, remember me

African American Traditional Spiritual