Archive for December, 2012


Posted on: December 26th, 2012 by admin

December 19, 2012

Media Alert
Contact:  Anthony Hawkins


WASHINGTON–  The date was Dec. 31, l862.  The enslaved African Americans had been promised freedom after hundreds of years of painful bondage and a civil war.  Enslaved and free persons alike gathered to await the news that the Emancipation Proclamation would become law at midnight and their long-awaited freedom would finally be realized.   It was a night never to be forgotten.

On Monday, Dec. 31. the 150th anniversary of  the celebration of  “Freedom’s Eve” and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation the following day, Rufus Tiefing Stevenson, noted Africanist and griot,  and other  members of Metropolitan AME Church will dramatize that memorable occasion at a Watch Meeting Night Service.  The Rev. Ronald E.  Braxton will deliver the sermon that will accompany the dramatization.  The program begins at 10:30 p.m. Metropolitan is located at 1518 M St. NW. and the community is invited.

Freedom’s Eve was inspired by the Watch Night Service tradition.  Although Watch Night services can be traced back to 18th Century Europe and are now observed in churches of all denominations around the world,  Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor II, editor of The Christian Recorder, stated,  “in the black community, the Watch Meeting Night worship began with …the AME church and with the founder, Rt. Rev. Richard Allen.”

Pastor Braxtron added that,  “Metropolitan had already been in existence for 25 years and the AME Denomination had been founded 47 years before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed,” pointing out that the historic Metropolitan would begin a year-long celebration of its 175th  anniversary in 2013.

150th Anniversary of Freedom’s Eve

Watch Meeting Night Services in Black America


Health Literature Available to Members

Posted on: December 24th, 2012 by admin

Note to membership: The Health Ministry has filled the kiosk on the 15th Street side of the narthex with current literature on many common health concerns: arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, organ donation, exercise, weight control, food and nutrition. It is our intention to maintain the kiosk throughout the year with information relevant to… Read more

Sermon Notes: Until Holy Light Breaks In

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by admin

Rev. Dr. Ronald Eugene Braxton, Senior Pastor
Metropolitan AME Church
Scripture: Luke 1:69-79

At times, the world scene appears to be somewhat calm, peaceful and settled. At other times, like now, it has the appearance of a powder keg about to explode at any moment. With the unrest and dangerous activities in Syria, what looks to be a pending war between Pakistan and Israel, as well as the Egyptian struggle, and the violence we see across the globe, there is a tremendous strain and stress on the people of the world. And those of us here in the land of the free and the home of the brave have our own brewing and budding share of unrest, struggles, and fighting. The other day, a preacher said to me that he thought that things would get better once the President was re-elected but that it seemed to him that, at this moment, things have become worse in this country, and on the world scene.

Project Angel Tree Deadline Extended

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by admin

Project Angel Tree LogoPlease join the Metropolitan family in providing Christmas gifts for children who have an incarcerated parent who participates in Prison Fellowship Ministries or are part of a family that has reached out to Metropolitan for assistance. We have received a number of requests this year so we have extended the deadline for gifts so we can get donors for all of the Angel Tree requests.

If you haven’t already done so, or can afford to purchase another gift, please stop by the Angel Tree after service tomorrow and select a gift to purchase. Return that gift no later than Sunday, December 16, 2012. Each child will receive two gifts — a toy and an item of clothing. Be a blessing and share God’s joy!


Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by admin

A church-wide meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. for the election of the Board of Trustees.  All members are encouraged to attend. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

Sermon Notes: When Hope Attempts to Go on Vacation

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by admin

Rev. Dr. Ronald Eugene Braxton, Senior Pastor
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Last week I tuned in to a conversation on WTOP-AM as a doctor was addressing ways to stay healthy during the holiday season. Of course he talked about food and drink and then our mental state. For many, this season of cheer and joy will become a season of depression and sadness. The suicide rate will escalate as these weeks roll on.

In fact, somewhere just before Advent and possibly with the onset of the “Black Friday & Cyber Monday” madness, many are on their way to becoming emotionally and mentally turned off with Christmas. While the anticipated joy and cheer of the season will light up most of our lives, for many, the season will become a time of sadness, gloom, depression and despair. The recent death of a loved one; sickness; pleasant or hostile memories of past times; financial stress; family crises; unfulfilled dreams; social pressure; fear and loneliness; crumbling expectations; the excessive burdens placed on our lives; any – or any combination of –the challenges above will throw many of us into a state of hopelessness, or despair.

View Photos from Handel’s Messiah 2012

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by admin

Handel's MessiahOn Sunday, December 2 at 5 PM, sopranos Michele Gutrick and Alia Waheed-Ky; baritone Vashawn Savoy McIlwain, tenors Keith Craig, Rev. Anthony Brown, Wayne Jennings and countertenor Curtis Adamson, along with the Metropolitan AME Cathedral Choir, performed the beloved oratorio by George Frideric Handel. Metropolitan member Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s leading journalists and host of Washington Week on PBS, served as host.