The theme of the revival, which ended Wednesday night, was "Revive us, and we will call upon your name" from Psalms 80.
Tuesday's sermon, titled "The Encounter," was about Jesus meeting the blind man Bartimaeus on the road to Jericho from the Gospel of Luke. Wright talked about how that encounter inspired the popular hymn "Pass me not, O gentle Savior."
Wright said Luke called attention to a "truth" that Matthew and Mark used as only a backdrop in their accounts. In Luke, Wright said Jesus was on his way to change Zaccheus' life but made time for Bartimaeus.
"While the Lord is on his way to bless somebody else, he will stop by your house," Wright said.
He said others in the party walking ahead of Jesus tried to quiet the blind man but Jesus instructed them to bring Bartimeaus to him and blessed him with sight.
Wright called those who tried to quiet Bartimaeus "holy haters," which earned a laugh and vocal approval from the congregation. He said "holy haters" always are trying to "hush up" those who need the most help.
"The Lord will make the very ones who try to block your blessing be the means by which you come closer to the Lord," Wright said. "He will bless you right in front of the folk who were trying to hinder you, hurt you and hush you.
"Jesus made the shushers usher the man to Him."
He talked about his own experience in leaving the church and deciding to return. He grew up in the church but left because he grew tired of the petty arguments that sometimes run rampant in congregations. He called it "sanctified silliness."
He left Virginia Union University and joined the military, where he served for six years. He was married, a father and in his fifth year in the military when he found himself one Saturday afternoon sitting with two friends on the steps of a Rockville, Md., church. They were drinking wine and "solving the problems of the world."
They discussed 1966, which Wright said was the year after Malcolm X was murdered and two years before Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. They argued the merits and differences between "non-violence" and "by any means necessary."
"We got deep — a fifth of wine," Wright said.
An older man walked up and joined the conversation. He agreed with most of what they were saying and turned out to be the pastor of the church.
The pastor told him he understood he was upset about racism in the church. Wright said he participated in sit-ins in Virginia and had been called derogatory names by white Christians.
The pastor invited him to come back.
Wright went to church that Sunday, prepared to be critical of the service. He said there were things he didn't like, but the sermon that morning was from Matthew 16.
"I went there critical and found myself converted and convicted," Wright said. "I ain't going to turn my back on the one who turned my life around."
Born in Philadelphia, Wright earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Howard University, a master's degree in history of religions from the University of Chicago School of Divinity, and a doctorate in ministry from the United Theological Seminary.
He has five children and three grandchildren. He now serves as emeritus pastor of Trinity and spends his time preaching, teaching and leading study tours to Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean.
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Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.