Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight

Tri-state Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #5

The Brockington Ensemble was founded early in 1963 by Professor Irvin Brockington, who had a dream to form a mass choir of area gospel vocalist. The vision was realized as he brought together singers and family members for vocal support. Our nation mourned the death of President JFK on November 22, 1963. At the same time, the gospel world celebrated the birth of this group as they appeared in their debut concert on November 23, 1963, as The Gospel Singers Ensemble. After this appearance, they received numerous bookings, becoming known for their grand entrance marches and hard-hitting choral delivery.

Singing for over 30 years, the Brockington Ensemble has spread the gospel message to the masses in various mediums including television and on stage. The first GMWA convention was held in Detroit, Michigan in 1968 at King Solomon Baptist Church where about 3,000 delegates attended. They were recognized nationally by the late Rev. James Cleveland, and were invited to participate in forming his GMWA in 1967.


Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight

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The Victory Chorale Ensemble formed by members who had been a part of the Victory Choral Union, under the leadership of the father of Gospel, the late Thomas A Dorsey. The new group became the Victory Choral Ensemble, and united with Rev. James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America.

Founded in 1967 by Rev. James Cleveland and Albertina Walker, the GMWA is an annual convention that brings together people who love gospel music from around the world and from many faiths. Thousands of members met for a week long gathering of classes, outreach, musical services, showcases, exhibits and seminars. GMWA participants sing in one of the various music outlets such as the National Mass Choir and the James Cleveland Gospel Chorus.

The Victory Choral Ensemble has ministered with many gospel greats including the late Rev. James Cleveland, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Evang. Dorothy Norwood. Known for their powerful and spirit-filled delivery, they continue to sing across the nation and throughout the world.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight

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The Savettes of Philadelphia continues to sing under the anointing for over 60 years. They are the epitome of excellence in singing praises to God, being known for their renditions of the great hymns of the church.

They began as a small group of friends who gathered together to fellowship in members’ homes. At one of those meeting the Spirit of God fell upon them and ordained them to sing with power, strength and a strong commitment to God’s Word.

The Savettes ministry has extended to churches, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, and wherever God’s people are in need. They have ministered with many gospel greats including Mahilia Jackson, the Hawkins Family and the late Rev. James Cleveland.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight

Tri-state Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #2

Yolanda F Foreman and the Tabernacle Interdenominational Choir is a multi-generational community based choir which was established in January 2004. Musical Director Yolanda Foreman is a Bancroft Program Associate by trade. She was educated at Overbrook High School, Temple University, and Cabrini College. Foreman established the choir known as TIC with a vision to endeavor to become an interdenominational choir family that breaks denominational barriers while striving to have a close personal relationship with Christ. Their primary goal is to magnify God’s name through the gift of song.

TIC’s revenues from their first live recording will be used to establish a TIC Scholarship Fund for matriculating high school seniors pursuing higher education. The choir has ministered to youth, young adults, and grown ups alike at various churches and events throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

Tri-State Local Artist Spotlight

Tri-state Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #1

The award-winning Rev. Ernest Davis Jr.’s legendary Wilmington- Chester Mass choir is comprised of singers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Their 1988 debut “Victory Shall be Mine” (Sweet Rain Records), yielded hits like “Ride on King Jesus” and “Sovereign”. After the death of Rev. Davis Jr., in 1991 Inner City Communications radio executive Chris Squire, took over the 30+year old choir and kept it alive. The choir celebrated winning 2 stellar awards recently as Choir of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year.

They have been nominated multiple times, winning their first two Stellar awards in 1992 for Song of the Year “He’s Preparing Me”, which spent over 70 weeks on Billboard Magazine Gospel Charts, and won Choir of the Year for that same recording.

When Praises Go Up- Songs of Praise and Worship

Praise Verse #1 Psalms 71:6
From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.

Praise Verse #2 Exodus 15:2
The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Praise Verse #3 Revelations 7:12
Saying Amen:blessing and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor and power and might, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Praise Verse #4 1 Chronicles 16:9
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Praise Verse #5 Psalms 101:1
I will sing of mercy and judgement: to you, O Lord, will I sing.

Praise Verse # 6 1 Chronicles 16:29
Give unto the Lord the glory [due] unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Praise Verse # 7 Jeremiah 31:4
Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.

Praise Verse # 8 Psalms 100:2
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Praise Verse # 9 Ephesians 5:19
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Praise Verse # 10 Psalms 30:11
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
To the end that my glory may sing praises to thee, and be not silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Praise Verse # 11 Psalms 7:17
I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness; and will sing praise to the name of the most high.

Praise Verse # 12 Matthew 2:11
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Praise Verse #13 James 5:13
Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.

Praise Verse #14 I Peter 4:16
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, Let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Praise Verse #15 II Samuel 22:50
Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

Praise Verse #16 Deuteronomy 10:21
He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

Praise Verse #17 I Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Praise Verse #18 Psalms 150:1
Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise Verse #19 Psalms 150:2
Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise Verse #20 Psalms 150:6
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Praise Verse #21 Psalms 3:3
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Praise Verse #22 Deuteronomy 32:3
I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God.

Praise Verse #23 Judges 5:3
Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I, even I will sing to the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.

Praise Verse #24 Luke 24:53
And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Praise Verse #25 Philip 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Praise Verse #26 John 4:23
But the hour cometh, and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seek such to worship Him.

Praise Verse #27 Hebrews 13:15
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Praise Verse #28 Colossians 3:16
Let the words of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Praise Verse #29 Job 21:11
They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.

Praise Verse #30 Psalms 34:2
My soul shall make her boost in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.

Praise Verse #31 II Samuel 22:4
I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.

Praise Verse #32 I Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

Praise Verse #33 Psalms 13:6
I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

Praise Verse #34 Revelation 19:5
Then a voice came from the throne saying: Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!

Praise Verse #35 Psalms 22:22
I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.

Praise Verse #36 II Samuel 22:47
The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior.

Praise Verse #37 Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.

Praise Verse #38 Romans 15:11
And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples”.

Praise Verse #39 II Samuel 22:3
My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior-from violent men you save me.

Praise Verse #40 I Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Praise Verse #41 II Samuel 22:50
Therefore I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.

Praise Verse #42 I Kings 8:56
Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses…

Praise Verse #43 I Chronicles 16:36
Praise be to the Lord, God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said Amen and Praise the Lord.

Praise Verse #44 Revelation 19:1
After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,…

Praise Verse #45 I Chronicles 23:30
They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening…

Praise Verse #46 Psalms 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Praise Verse #47 Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will rejoice over thee with singing.

raise Verse #48 II Chronicles 20:21
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.

Praise Verse #49 I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Praise Verse #50 Psalms 16:7
I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instructs me in the night seasons.

Praise Verse #51 Colossians 4;2
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Praise Verse #52 Jude 1;24-25
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy to the only God our Savoir be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Wordof God

Entry 12 Praying for Safety

God promises to watch over and protect us daily. Goodness and Mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives as we dwell in His house and in His presence. God has provisions made for us everyday, but He wants us to pray for it. He wants us to cover our lives, homes, children, cars, family, jobs, churches, possessions, and our future with the precious blood of Jesus. The Lord has an endless supply of grace, mercy and protection; all we have to do is access it. He wants to hide us under the shadow of His wing because He loves us as the apple of His eye. We are not bothering God nor wasting our prayers by asking for safety in our daily lives. As God’s children, we are entitled to His love and attention. In the news we often hear of tragedy and hardship, and we blame God for it. But good things are happening everyday that we are neither aware of nor thankful for. When we pray for safety, we invite God’s divine protection to the earth realm. For when we trust Him, nothing will happen to us each day that the Lord will not see us through.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God

Entry 11 Praying for Contentment

God wants to give us the desires of our heart, but also wants us to rest and trust in Him to bring it to pass. Contentment is being satisfied with the situation we find ourselves in, knowing that God is ultimately in control working things out for our good. It does not mean we do not continue to desire things or have expectations, or plan for the future. It just mean we do not get consumed with it and learn to enjoy the present. Being content is a conscious decision we all have control over just as being unhappy is. When we pray for contentment we are being intentional about putting all areas of our lives in God’s hands and leaving them there. We are acknowledging our fragility and God’s sovereignty knowing that He will put no more on us than we can bear. While praying for contentment we are anticipating God’s move in our lives, while being grateful for what God has already done. Being content is choosing to find joy in everyday life even when things happen that don’t make us happy. True contentment is not based on life experiences, but on the belief that God is still good even on a bad day. And everyday is a day of thanksgiving because God is good all the time.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God

Entry 10 Resting in Prayer

Prayer is a form of spiritual rest. We should rest in His peace, His promises, and His word. Rest is an important part our carnal triangle of good health. To be healthy we need good rest, a good diet, and good exercise. This benefits us mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Jesus said that we can only enter the kingdom of God if we become as little children. This speaks to a child’s blind love and trust in a parent’s ability to take care of them without worry or reservation. It also deals with the issue of humility and frailness of the human condition, trusting God to make up where we lack. God causes us to lie down in green pastures, and leads us besides still waters. Jesus knows life can get hectic, stressful and uncertain. But instead of relying on our own limited strength, knowledge, ability and education, He wants us to rest in Him. He is all knowing and all powerful; all we have to do is connect to the endless source. God’s word will never return unto Him void, so all we have to do is trust in what He said regardless of how things appear. When our bodies are in a state of rest, it releases toxins, heals, and rejuvenates itself. When we rest in prayer, mediation and supplication to God, there is no limit to how God will show Himself strong in our lives.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God

Entry 9 Praying to Be a Blessing

We should ask God in prayer who should we help. Altruistic people tend to want to help everyone, even at there own expense. Selfish people only care about their own well being. But God does not want us to help everyone. Jesus did not save or heal everybody when He walked the earth. He told His disciples to shake the dust off their feet when they go into an area where they are not received well. Some people rejected Jesus, some did not believe, others did not get into the position to be blessed, and others still needed to suffer consequences for a particular action. We don’t know God’s master plan. When we are helping in a situation, and are feeling drained, used, and overwhelmed, perhaps God did not tell us to do all of that. Maybe we are functioning in our own will and not in the will of God. Sometimes we do good for selfish reasons; to build our own self esteem, to feel we’ve done a good deed, to have someone less fortunate to look down on, to have something to hold over someone’s head, etc. God said His yoke is easy and His burden is light. And when what we are doing to assist someone is unnaturally difficult, maybe God did not tell us to do it. We need to consult God in prayer with every life decision, including helping others. But God is so good that even when we did the right thing the wrong way He still blesses us. But we can save ourselves a lot of stress and aggravation by just asking God in prayer what should we do or who should we help in the first place.