Bishop J. Howard Dell Collection
This recording opens with hymn singing and a man presenting introductory prayer. Man reads Isaiah 52:1-3, followed by more singing of hymns. Dell welcomes congregation and asks forgiveness form God. A woman sings a solo song and the congregation joins in. Dell thanks congregation and proclaims that today is not just a meeting but a revival, with guitar playing following. He then talks about why Jesus would use the phrase “awake, awake”, and how people can be easily shaken from the righteous path. Talks about the Pharisees not hearing Jesus because they were asleep as an analogy to the congregation that they have to actively be awake and work to stay on the good side. Complains about politics in the church and how Martin Luther King Jr. turned to politics. He professes that people need to wake up and listen to God and have Him show them the way, which leads to a call and response about the power of the holiness church. Recording ends with guitar playing and clapping.
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Dell, J. Howard, "[Awake] (audio)" (1962). J. Howard Dell Collection, Audio-Visual Recordings. Recording 6.
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