in service on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
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48 Years…that’s a long time on a job. A long time to serve with excellence.
When you, Lady Mae and Kim arrived in 1969 to a church with a small membership of 50, who knew you would become Pastor of a congregation of 20,000 plus? God knew.
Who knew you would support hundreds of thousands of orphans in Africa? God knew.
Who knew you would become the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God In Christ International for three consecutive terms? God knew.
Who knew you would build this amazing cathedral in which we worship in every week? God knew.
Who knew you would be recognized as a world leader in church growth and organization? God knew.
We thank God that your favorite job is pastoring us. We thank God for all the great preaching and teaching, and for:
- The weddings you’ve performed
- The babies you’ve dedicated
- The families you’re comforted in their time of loss
- The sick you’ve visited
- The counseling you’ve provided
- The church’s financial transparency
- West Angeles’ 100+ auxiliaries and amazing church staff
- The phone calls, the letters – the prayers…
The Bible tells us in I Timothy 5:17,
“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”
Bishop, you deserve multiples of double honor. Bishop Blake, God is not finished with you yet. With your “Secret Weapon,” our First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake, with your “amazing physique,” and with all of us by your side, there are great works yet to be done at West Angeles Church.
As you often remind us, I’ll take the liberty to remind you, Pastor, that:
“I see you in the future and you look much better than you look right now.”
God bless you and we love you – Happy Anniversary!
Deacon David G. Moore
Chairman, West Angeles Deacon Board and The Brotherhood Organization