“10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
~ Revelation 4:10-11 (NASB) ~
True Voices is a Christian organization and “national movement [whose mission is to] proclaim the Gospel through spoken word & the performing arts.” This organization currently has four active chapters in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Cincinnati, and Chicago. As a fan of this unique organization, I like to keep up with them by following their social media pages. About a month ago I got an invitation from a friend via Facebook to attend an event on Saturday, April 3oth hosted by True Voices called CROWNED, the premiere event of the year for the DC chapter. Immediately the title intrigued me. The page’s description read, “We will be sharing poems on the subject of rags and royalty. Telling the story of a King, dead and then risen for the redemption of mankind through Christ. CROWNED will be an awesome line up of poetry, art, and music and as expected, True Voices poets from NY, Philly, Chicago, and Cincy may also be joining us to “go in’ for the Kingdom. You don’t want to miss this show!”
I bought my tickets on the 21st and trusted the Lord that He would meet my sister and me there, and did He ever! We arrived at Reid Temple’s northern campus and walked into a nearly packed sanctuary. Excitement and anticipation for what lied ahead flowed up and down the church pews. Comedian Kasaun Wilson hosted the event and throughout the evening kept everyone in stitches. He was the true embodiment of the scripture found in Proverbs 17:22 which says, “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.“
The featured spoken word artists of the evening, Taylor Smith, Jharmaine Boyd, Just-A-Vessel, Chris Goins, Camden Webb, Chris Jones, Epiphany, Kezia the Poet, Sheryl Roberton, and Crystal Brandon all in their own unique way, pieced together a story for their audience. Depicting for them through their words, the beauty that is found in the life that Jesus led; from His birth to His ministry, from His ministry to His death, from His death to the grave, from the grave to His Resurrection, from His Resurrection to His Throne and from His Throne into our hearts. This seamless story presented by these talented wordsmiths gave the audience the freedom to reflect, reverence, praise and worship. For those precious moments, time was at a stand still and the Holy Spirit was truly present in the midst of all who attended.
Toward the end of the evening, Reverend Terrance McKinley the Director of Ministries at Reid Temple AME Church’s North Campus led the group in corporate worship, prayed, opened the altar to those who needed prayer and gave a call for those who wanted to give their lives to the Lord. The mixing and mingling happened shortly there after both inside the sanctuary and in the church foyer. Vendors sold products, cameras flashed, laughter and conversation resounded and abounded and Jesus was truly represented from start to finish.
True Voices DC should be very proud of what they accomplished this weekend. I know a lot of time and hard work went into the development and execution of the event. I for one was blessed by all that transpired and I am confident that many others were as well. I very much look forward to attending more True Voices events in the future!
If you’d like more information about True Voices or want to know how you can get involved with the organization, they are very active online. Be sure to visit their website and their social media pages!