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Southern Baptist Church Honors Masons


Excerpt from a Mobile, Alabama Newspaper

On June 23, 1996 New Bethlehem Baptist Church Located near Brewton, Alabama, honored members of the Masonic order by having a special Sunday morning service.  The program was designed to put active Masons in each position such as pianist, song leader, and narrator.  All prayers were said by Masons.  The American and Christian flags were presented by members of the Mobile Scottish Rite Honor Guard.

"The Pledge of Allegiance" was said; the "National Anthem" was sung.  The "Pledge" was then said to the Christian flag and "Onward Christian Soldiers" was sung following as appropriate responsive reading.

"Nearer My God To Thee" and "Blest Be the Tie That Binds" were sung by all and "Brethren We Have Met To Worship" was sung as a special contribution by some of the Brethren.

The morning offering of $1,178.60 was equally divided between the Mobile Scottish Rite Learning Center, the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, and the Transportation Fund of Abba Shrine Temple of Mobile.

Following the worship service, the checks were presented to representatives of each of the above organizations and a barbecued pork and fried chicken dinner was enjoyed by all.

The overall attendance for the service was 108 people with fifty-two Master Masons present, representing twenty Lodges and five Eastern Star Chapters.

Plans are already being discussed to make this an annual event.