From a second row pew, the President and First Family are worshipping this morning at a MLK Celebration being held at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Following the Sunday morning service, President Obama will return to the White House to officially take the Oath of Office at around 11:55 a.m.
Celebrating its 175th anniversary year, Metropolitan is known as the “National Cathedral of African Methodism.”
The hymn of praise before the morning prayer was "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name." Other selections from the combined choirs of Metropolitan include "I Love the Lord" for choral response, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" for a Selection/Anthem. The Battle Hymn has accompanying instrumentals.
Co-Pastor Marie P. Braxton welcome FLOTUS, drawing the crowd to the feet and the singing of happy birthday to FLOTUS by the choir and congregation, with an organ accompaniment. There was a welcome by the Rt. Rev. William P. DeVeaux, Presiding Bishop of the Second Episcopal District, American Methodist Church.The scripture reading in the program is Exodus 14:10-15, 26-30.
Following a familiar theme, Rev. Ronald E. Braxton preached a message about moving "forward" while telling the story of Moses. He urged POTUS and others to not allow obstacles to interfere "where forward is the only option"
Said Rev. Braxton, "I'm a witness that the God of Moses , with miraculous power, still moves on behalf of humankind."
The church hosted two pre-inaugural prayer services for former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Albert Gore and their families.
President Obama is a professed Christian.
At 7:00 p.m. at Metropolitan AME, relfections on MLK, the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington at the "Second Chances Inaugural Gospel Concert and Prayer Service" hosted by Jireh Communications Group and Vote With Authority. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) will receive the "Mountain Climber" award, named in honor of MLK.
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