"Songsgiving -- An Evening of Praise and Thanksgiving” -- at New Life of Memphis Church, 6825 Holmes Rd., was as good as advertised. (Photo William Weeks/The Tri-State Defender)

Billed as “An Evening of Praise and Thanksgiving,” “Songsgiving” at New Life of Memphis Church, 6825 Holmes Rd., was as good as advertised.

The Sunday night (November 19) affair began about 6 p.m. and for two-plus hours afterward, praise and thanksgiving unfolded against a backdrop of soul-stirring music.

From the outset, worshippers were invited to rise to their feet, clap their hands and join in as if part of “big mass choir” singing “Magnify Him.” They readily joined in.

The talent-ladened evening featured multiple musical voices. Among them were Bishop Kevin B. Willis Sr., K.J. Willis, Pastor Cortney Richardson, Leslie Ross, Jonathan Chandler, Julian Cross, Pastor Courtney Franklin and Pastor Derrel Petties.

Bishop Kevin B. Willis Sr. struck a chord. (Photo: William Weeks/The Tri-State Defender)

Bishop Willis’ closing prayer included an observation and a reminder:

“It’s been an awesome year. What a way to end the year, giving God praise. … We pray that as we go down from this place – and we are going down from this place – that Your presence will remain with us.

“As we walk through this season of thanksgiving, remind us that we don’t have to wait until Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) to tell you thanks. Every day is a day of thanksgiving.”

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