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Bishop T. Larry Kirkland Sr.
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Many Holy Week observances are planned at several churches and ministries in the greater Los Angeles-area. The services highlight Palm Sunday focusing on Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the Seven Last Words emphasizing His last sayings from the cross, and Easter Sunday celebrating His resurrection from the grave and victory over death. The public is invited to attend all events.
Bethel A.M.E. ChurchBishop T. Larry Kirkland Sr. will preach at 7:45 a.m., on Palm Sunday, April 17, at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 7900 Western Avenue in Los Angeles.
"All those seeking a revived spirit, sound doctrine and scriptural insight as to the importance of this day in Christendom should attend to hear word of God delivered with power by Bishop Kirkland," said Pastor Kelvin T. Calloway.The presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church, Bishop Kirkland also serves as president of the denomination's General Board. His 40-year ministry includes two decades as pastor of Brookins Community A.M.E. Church, author of several books on church growth, and well-known media consultant on religious issues.
Brookins Community A.M.E. ChurchThe feast of Maundy Thursday is set for April 21, at 7 p.m., at 4831 South Gramercy Place in Los Angeles. "Join us in communion as we commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles," said Pastor C. Dennis Williams.
On Easter, he will culminate his Lenten sermon series entitled ‘Because of the Blood' at the 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. services. The Sunday School Department will hold its program at 8 a.m., directed by Supt. Renee Wilcots and Mrs. Marilynn Horne. Call (323) 296-5610 for information.Church of the Transfiguration Seven masses will be held under the leadership of Rev. Michael Tang at 2515 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Mass of the Lord's Supper will be on Holy Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. On Good Friday, April 22, the Celebration of The Lord's Passion will be at 1:30 p.m. and the Stations of the Cross presented at 6:30 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 23, will feature an Easter Vigil Service and Mass at 7 p.m., and Easter Sunday Mass will be held at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. For information, call (323) 291-1136 or visit www.transfigschool.com.
Church One‘They Didn't Know,' a Music and Arts Easter Production, will be presented on Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary at 700 East 70th Street in Long Beach, announced Bishop W. Todd Ervin, pastor. The event will feature the choirs and dance ministries of Church One including Singers of Warfare, One Praize Youth &Young Adult Choir, One Voice Children's Ensemble, Anointed Praise and Praise in Motion Dance ministries.
On Sunday, April 24, Resurrection Sunrise Service takes place at 6 a.m. and morning worship at 9 a.m. For information, call (562) 633-2515.
Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship Pastor James K. McKnight will preach on Palm Sunday, April 17, at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., at 2085 South Hobart Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Good Friday service will be held on April 22, at 12 Noon, and Easter Sunday worship on April 24, at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. For information, call (323) 731-8869.
Grant A.M.E. Church - Los AngelesSeniors of the church and community will be honored during the ‘Three Score and Ten' celebration on Palm Sunday, April 17, at 11 a.m., at 10135 South Central Avenue in Los Angeles.
Rev. Dr. Vernon S. Burroughs added, "On Resurrection Sunday, we will celebrate at our 6 a.m. Sunrise Worship and Praise with Grant's Mass Choir rendering selections. Following the service, breakfast will be sponsored by the Imani Men's Ministry." Pastor Burroughs will deliver the message at the 11 a.m. service. For information, call (323) 564-1151.
Liberty Baptist ChurchThe Cross-Culture service, aimed at young adults, debuts on Easter Sunday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m., announced Rev. Terry L. Brown Sr., who pastors the congregation at 1500 West 51st Place in Los Angeles.
He said, "Cross-Culture is a new worship experience that embraces diversity and empowers the community with the love of Christ." To learn more about the new outreach ministry of Liberty Baptist, call (323) 451-CROS or email
National Evangelist Manuel Scott The itinerary of Evangelist Scott includes preaching on Palm Sunday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Baptist Church, 2040 West Jefferson Boulevard in Los Angeles. Rev. Alvin Tunstill is pastor. On April 20-22, at 7 p.m., Evangelist Scott will speak at Redeemer Baptist Church, 2003 West Jefferson Boulevard in Los Angeles. Rev. Dr. Robert DeFrance is pastor.
On Easter Sunday, April 24, at 10 a.m., Evangelist Scott will be the guest at Gospel Mission Missionary Baptist Church, 7301 Avalon Boulevard in Los Angeles. Rev. Raymond Dennis is pastor. Call (626) 369-6360 for details or visit www.manuelscottjr.org.
Pleasant Hill Baptist ChurchBand of Brothers will present an Easter Cantata, ‘Come and See,' on Resurrection Day, April 24, at 6:30 a.m. "We invite you to come hear what God has done for you through His Son, Jesus, then enjoy continental breakfast after the service," said Dr. Sylvester Washington, pastor.
Dr. John A. Williams is president of Band of Brothers. Pleasant Hill is located at 2009 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Los Angeles. Call (323) 293-6448
RightWay Baptist Church
Resurrection Sunday service will be held on April 24, at 8:30 a.m., and Pastor James E. Wright, J.D., will preach on ‘The Gospel From the Graveyard' using Luke 24:6 as the scripture reference.
Pastor Wright is the organizer and founder of RightWay Baptist, located at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. For information, call (310) 410-0513 or email
St. James A.M.E. Church"Expect miracles and join us for two dynamic services. You will be blessedby the Music Ministry and power-packed preaching," according to Pastor Najuma Smith-Pollard who will lead worship at 655 West 70th Street in Los Angeles.
The Men of Thunder will sing at 10 a.m., on Palm Sunday, April 17. On Resurrection Sunday, April 24, the Voices of Destiny will render selections. The multi-cultural youth choir is directed by Rev. Rethis Murry, Mrs. Eva Murry, and Mr. Ricci Jones.
"Following Easter worship, we have partnered with World Vision to host Shoes for Souls and we plan to give every child in need a free pair of shoes," she said. Call (323) 758-6786 or email
Zoe Christian Fellowship - Los AngelesBishop Frank Stewart will host the Seven Last Words of Jesus at 12 noon on Good Friday, April 22, at 5315 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles.
The Resurrection Day service takes place at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. The service will include special music and ‘The Best of Two Worlds,' a dramatic presentation about the obedience of Jesus Christ. For information, call (323) 931-1477, ext 21.