County-Wide Revival

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Reconcile is the theme for this year's revival

Considered a huge success, last year’s community-wide revival was attended by hundreds of people who came together to hear uplifting messages from Christian leaders throughout the community. Average nightly attendance was about 600 and churches were filled to capacity with those yearning to hear the message. The question has been asked all year long, “When are you going to do the community revival again?” Sponsored by the Panola County Ministerial Fellowship, the revival will be held Sunday, April 27 through Sunday, May 4.

“Reconcile,” the theme for this year’s revival is taken from 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 18 All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them, And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

The Christian music group Broken Vessels will be with the churches for music support throughout the week. Comprised of Lisa (Ortigo) and Scott Roberts, the group performed last year and was an integral part in making the worship for the week a huge success. They will also be available for the noon meetings as well. (

Theme song for the revival is Let It Be Said of Us:

Let it be said of us that the Lord was our passion,
That with gladness we bore every cross we were given;
That we fought the good fight, and we finished the course;
Knowing within us the power of the risen Lord.

Let the cross be our glory and the Lord be our song!
By mercy made holy, by the Spirit made strong.
Let the cross be our glory and the Lord be our song!
Till the likeness of Jesus be through us made known.
Let the cross be our glory and the Lord be our song.

Let it be said of us, we were marked by forgiveness;
We were known by our love and delighted in mercy;
We were ruled by His peace, heeding unity’s call,
Joined as one body that Christ would be seen by all.

Each church has a copy of the words and the music to the song in order to become familiar with it before the revival. This also provides an opportunity to prepare the hearts of the people for the revival. In order to make this a true community event, Rick Aguilar will translate each of the evening services for those Spanish-speaking citizens who would like to be a part of the fellowship. The Ministerial Fellowship is currently searching for a volunteer who knows sign language so that service may be offered as well. On Wednesday evening, youth pastors in the Fellowship are putting together a special service for the youth of the community. Tonia Crittenden of First United Methodist Church is in charge of organizing this service. Details will be announced soon. The prayer of the Ministerial Fellowship is not “do it again, Lord.” The prayer is that God would do something wonderful and unique this year.