Honoring Obama In The Sunday Sermon This Sunday, many black church leaders will speak to their congregations about President-elect Barack Obama's historic win. What will they say in their sermons? Bishop Henry Williamson Senior shares parts of the message he'll have this Sunday.
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This weekend, black church leaders across the country will have their say about Barack Obama's historic victory.


We called the West Angeles Church of God and Christ in L.A., not too far from our studios, to find out what their sermon will be about this weekend. West Angeles has 24,000 members. It's one of the city's largest black churches.

BRAND: And this Sunday, Bishop Henry Williamson Sr. will deliver the sermon as a guest speaker. Bishop Williamson told us earlier what he'll say about President-elect Obama and America's future.

Bishop HENRY WILLIAMSON SR (Presiding Prelate, Ninth Episcopal District, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church): It's time for us to celebrate this great achievement of the election of Barack Obama. And I think though the question that I will raise on Sunday now is, what's next? We will have to surround the president-elect as a nation to solve the pressing challenges that are before us. He cannot do it in isolation. We must do it in communities as we seek to rebuild the economy, to restore our position as a moral leader in the world, to protect our environment and to strengthen our educational system, we must do it together.

So, our mantra must be, Together We Can. We all know the story of the good Samaritan. When the man was down on the Jericho Road, we were instructed by example and by our lord, an example to go and help that person. And I'm saying America is down on the Jericho Road of life, and we must help our nation rise in those places where it is in the valley. And I think we'd be to continue to echo the theme of we are the United States of America, and red, white, and blue are our colors.

CHADWICK: That's Bishop Henry Williamson Sr. He is the presiding prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is based in Los Angeles.

(Soundbite of song "Whose Report Will You Believe?")

Unidentified Choir: (Singing) I said, whose report will you believe? We shall believe the report of the Lord.

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CHADWICK: All right.

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BRAND: Thank you, Alex.

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