MLK Service Features Pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Spiritual Home

The university’s Genesis Gospel Choir performed.

The University’s Genesis Gospel Choir performed

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 19, 2015 – The reverend of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which served as the spiritual home of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered a powerful message about truth today at High Point University.

“Truth causes trouble,” the Rev. Raphael Warnock told community members in the Hayworth Chapel.

Reading from scripture in Matthew, Warnock noted the “truthful troublemaking prophet” John the Baptist, along with King and many leaders in history who’ve lost their lives by speaking truth to ignite change.

“Truth and trouble go hand in hand. Telling the truth can get you killed, but there can be no transformation without trouble. …


Community members filled the Hayworth Chapel for the event.

Community members filled the Hayworth Chapel for the event.

“You have to stand on the side of truth,” Warnock continued. “You have to stand on the side of principle no matter what. These are the words of patriots calling America to be its best.”

In the midst of issues that surround the nation – poverty, mass incarceration and a need for healthy relationships between communities and police – Warnock notes that King only scratched the surface of inequality in the civil rights movement. There remains much to be done.

But, it’s not all “doom and gloom” either, he said.

“God is doing something good,” he said. “Every time I look at the faces of young people, I see glimpses of God’s glory in the midst.”

This is the second time Warnock has spoken at HPU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. worship service. He has served as senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church since 2005. The service also featured performances by Dr. Louise Toppin, soprano, and the Genesis Gospel Choir. Kappa Alpha Psi, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Board of Stewards served as worship leaders and greeters.

In addition to the worship service, students, faculty staff and community members are completing more than 30 service projects across the city as part of the annual “A Day On, Not Off” initiative.

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