On Sunday, Sept. 12, the Rev. Rashad Raymond Moore and the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights celebrated its Homecoming Service as it held its first in-person service in more than 17 months. More than 250 members, elected officials and friends of First Baptist raised their voices in joyful praise as they gave thanks to the Creator for allowing them to be back in the house of the Lord. The Congregants expressed their joy that “We have come this far by faith” and by sharing Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let Us go to the house of the Lord.’”

The Homecoming Celebration included the glorious sounds of the choir and a performance by the Dance Ministry. The highlight of the service was the sermon on “Resetting the Room” by the Rev. Moore as he encouraged the congregation to appreciate the moment, “reset the room,” and demonstrate a new attitude of thanksgiving and appreciation. The Homecoming Service was followed by an outdoor “Masks and Mingle” celebration in front of the church.