ALEXANDRIA, Va. — President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter use during a Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, whose story dates behind roughly 200 years to when Thomas Jefferson was in a White House.
Obama along with mother Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia were welcomed to a ancestral church by a pastor, Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, who remarkable that like a initial lady, he is a local of Chicago’s South Side.
“How wise that on a day we applaud a rising of a Lord and savior, we also acquire a sitting president,” Wesley said, as a assemblage rose to their feet in applause.
“This is not selfie time,” Wesley pronounced jokingly. “Let a hermit ceremony in a residence of God.”
Churchgoers traditionally travel around to shake hands and give hugs during a greetings and announcements apportionment of service, though a priest speedy a throng to stay in their seats and hail usually their closest neighbors, as a refuge was firmly cumulative with Secret Service agents.
The choir— including women in purple dresses and group sporting purple ties— sang a stirring delivery of a strain “He Lives,” call many of a church, filled to capacity, to clap, sing and lean to a thumping organ keys while ushers collected a offering.
The sharp-witted priest shaped his oration around a scripture from 1 Corinthians 15 on a life and rebirth of Christ.
“Where do we mount in a rebirth of Christ,” he asked. “You possibly trust it or reject it.”
Wesley pronounced a sacrifices of Christ authorised a assemblage to be forgiven for their possess sins.
“He took a pain for me. we owe him my life. we owe him my praise. we owe him my hallelujah,” he said.
According to a church’s website, a Alexandria Baptist Society was shaped in 1803 when members separate from another church in a Northern Virginia city, and a worker was baptized that year as a initial black member.
Three years later, black members determined a Colored Baptist Society as a “conjoined” church. The assemblage adopted a stream name in a late 1800s.
In 2000, President Bill Clinton visited Alfred Street a few days before a Nov choosing as he sang with a gospel choir and appealed to black electorate to spin out in vast numbers for Vice President Al Gore in his competition opposite Republican George W. Bush.