(President Barack Obama attends Easter services at the 19th Street Baptist Church on Sunday April 20, 2014 Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — The Obama family today attended an Easter service in the capital, drawing special attention from the pastor and a warm reception from the congregation.
The first family’s decision to skip church on Christmas Eve and Christmas while on vacation in Hawaii four months ago did not go unnoticed, among media outlets both religious and mainstream. Today, they made up for lost church time.
The Obamas made a short trip to the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church eschewing St. John’s Episcopal, a church traditionally visited by presidents that sits across Lafayette Square from the White House, where the Obamas have attended church services in the past along with a few other area houses of worship.
A tan-suited Obama and the first family sat in the second row of a middle section of pews.
The Obamas received some extra attention from the pastor, Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, who directed part of a prayer at the first family, asking God to “surround our president … Bestow upon him a wisdom that indeed comes from you … Even yes, when the light of a flame turns into the harsh glare of criticism, tend to his spirit.”
He also asked for heavenly attention to “sister Michelle” and offered thanks for God’s “hedge of protection” around Sasha and Malia and asked that the church’s “prayers might envelop them with love and encouragement.”
Pastor of the 19th Street Baptist Church a pro-abortion activist who worked for the DNC to reelect Obama
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has hired a prominent pro-abortion activist to lead the religious outreach program as it prepares to support the re-election campaign of Obama.
The Democratic Party has hired Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, the senior pastor of the prestigious Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, one of the largest historic black congregations in Washington, DC. In addition to serving on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), Harkins serves on an advisory board for the pro-abortion Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
He also serves on the board of the liberal advocacy group Faith and Public Life, funded by leftist philanthropies like George Soros and the Tides Foundation, both of which support abortion.
More via DNC website
Rev. Derrick Harkins supported Obamacare and the reelection of Democrats in 2012:
"President Obama has been a leader on so many of the issues and values religious Americans are passionate about—from comprehensive and just immigration reform to the Affordable Care Act to maintaining and supporting the critical role of faith in public life. People of faith have a home in the Democratic Party, and I have every expectation that people of faith will be a key part of a successful election for Democrats in 2012.”