Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Lauderdale held church services like any other church would. But this church did so just five days after a fire swept through the church making it a total loss.
"There was some weeping going on, on this holy mountain," preached Pastor Tyrone Bolden.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church members shed those tears when they saw their church had been diminished to this after a fire. For church members, seeing nothing left of their church but ashes was a tough sight to see. Why it happened was even harder for them to comprehend.
"As I look at you today, minds may be wondering, how could this have happened."
Although it has been merely days since the church fire, the congregation of Mt. Olive Baptist Church thought it was necessary to hold services.
" We wanted to come together on this first Sunday after the tragic accident and fire." says Pastor Bolden.
Pastor Tyrone Bolden led the church in its first church service since the fire with words he believes hit home for the rest of the church.
"The title of the sermon was what happens after the fire. And we discovered that we wept or we weep, then we worship, but then, we go to work. And that's what our determination is. We have the faith, but we know that faith without works is definitely dead."
And work is exactly what Pastor Bolden and the rest of the church members plan on doing. Right now the congregation is operating out of their old church building. That's where they will figure out how to proceed.
"We start our process, hopefully, preferably, this week. We got into this old building, we did some quick things so that we could get in and hopefully this week we are going to sit down and definitely plan. After prayer, of course," says Pastor Bolden.
The fire along with its aftermath will require a lot of time. Pastor Bolden says Mt. Olive Baptist Church will make sure, however, that there is time for prayer.
"Those who want to come and pray with us, we will be praying Wednesday nights. We will be in prayer. But, we're going to pray for God's direction and then, we're going to move from there."