HPU’s Annual MLK Day Worship Service Focuses on ‘Continuing the Work’

Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University President, welcomed community members, students, faculty and staff to HPU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Worship Service. 


The keynote speaker was Rev. Michael A Walrond, senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 20, 2020 – Continuing to do the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the focus of High Point University’s annual chapel service that honors King, held today in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel.

HPU President Nido Qubein opened the service by sharing a story from the Annual Breakfast and Oratorical Competition, held earlier this morning at the HPU Community Center.

“A young man stood up and stirred my soul when he said, ‘Do we talk King, or do we do King?’” said Qubein. “He enlightened us and reminded us of the duties we have.”

Qubein said he’s proud of the work that HPU students, faculty and staff accomplish in the community, and that the university is continuing to do more, such as committing $700 million in scholarships to first generation students, veterans and affordability efforts.

“Still, we must always do more,” Qubein said. “This community is committed to do better and be better.”

HPU’s Genesis Gospel Choir performed special music throughout the service.

HPU’s annual worship service featured musical performances by the Genesis Gospel Choir, directed by Marc Foster and accompanied by the HPU Chapel Choir, including the vocal talents of Rev. Andria Williamson and the musical ability of Marcia Dills on the piano.

The keynote speaker was Rev. Michael A Walrond, senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. He focused on the willingness to do the work, which often starts with seeing oneself as worthy enough to do so.

Walrond reminded the audience of how Moses felt in Exodus, chapter four, when God called on him to be a leader. Moses felt inadequate because he was “slow of speech and tongue.” But God told Moses, “Go and I will be your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

“In these moments of divine intrusion, our assumption is that God has made a gross error,” Walrond told the crowd. “For who in their right mind truly feels qualified for such an intrusion from God? We hurl back excuses as to why we are not the right ones… Today, we celebrate Dr. King’s response to the calling. What will you do?”

Attendees enjoyed fellowship during and after the worship service.

“I know you don’t feel equipped, but you do not walk by yourself,” said Walrond. “We can say yes to the calling because we don’t say yes alone. We can say yes to God’s call to speak to nations and worlds because we do not speak on our own. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, your background or your pedigree. You’re qualified for God’s divine calling.”

In addition to HPU’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service, HPU hosted a day of service as “A Day On, Not Off” by organizing 46 service projects throughout the city of High Point.

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