They Served God and Community

Honoring three church members for their contributions to the first Bahamas Independence Day celebrations on July 10, 1973

On Sabbath, July 6, 2013, the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrated the 40th Independence Anniversary of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas by honoring three of its members who played an integral part in planning and organizing the Independence Day ceremonies for July 9 and 10, 1973. They were Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police Keith Mason, the architect and commander of the Independence Parade. Retired Adventist Pastor, Conference and Union President, Silas Napoleon McKinney (represented by his son) who was one of the pastors who prayed for and raised the national flag. Former Ambassador, His Excellency, Carlton Leroy Wright, who played a major role in the organization and protocol for Independence Day activities.

Community pastors and leaders were invited to attend the Sabbath service. They were Pastor Vaughn and Mrs. Wendy Cash of the Evangelistic Temple, Pastor Allen and Mrs. Renentia “Nancy” Lee of Calvary Bible Church, Pastor Franklin Knowles of Light and Life Community Church, and Lovern Wildgoose, president of the Cancer Society; Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, and Pastor Paul Scavella, president of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

The church was packed with enthusiastic Bahamians and visitors as they raised their voices to sing the National Anthem and the National Song, and repeated the National Pledge. They also sang a hymn composed by Audrey Dean Wright entitled “Father Bless Bahamaland” The church pastor, Barrington Brennen preached on the topic “40 No More . . . What’s Important Now.” He shared about the psychological and spiritual significance of the number forty. He shared that in the Bible one would notice when 40 is used whether is a time period, whether days, months, or years, it is always a period of testing, trial, probation, or chastisement (but not judgment) and ends with a period of restoration, revival or renewal.

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