People filled the pews of the historic Denmark Presbyterian Church over the weekend for the first time in 23 years to sing hymns and listen to sermons about the sustaining power of God.
Billy King is the founder of the Big Black Creek Historical Association, a non-profit dedicated to the restoration of the 1854-era church and other historic sites in Denmark and the surrounding areas. He said the gatherings held Saturday and Sunday were regular services with no dedications, just time to sing and worship together.
“More than anything else, we just wanted to worship together like people came here to do in the past,” he said. “We have been working on this project for five years. We’ve had ups and downs, lack of money. You name it. It’s just difficult to do anything like this, and it is just outstanding this day is here.”
David Perry, pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church just down the road in Mercer, delivered the sermon Sunday.
His sermon was drawn from the words of the Old Testament prophet Haggai and the people of ancient Israel coming out of Egypt and how the Israelites’ journey can speak to people today. It was also, he said, a message about “considering your ways.”