Consecrated for Service
By: Rohann D. Wellington - Communication Director GNYC.
The threat of snow and bitter chill of winter did not prevent the hundreds of worshipers from attending this specially called consecration service. Dr. G. Earl Knight, president of the Greater New York Conference, called for this special consecration service of all the Administrators *, Departmental Directors and Executive committee members as they commit themselves in service for this quadrennial.
Prevailing through the many remarks, prayers and speeches was the call for unity. Dr. King, President of the Atlantic Union Conference who delivered the spiritual charge, challenged the leaders to lead with integrity, and called for Unity in accomplishing the mission. Recognizing this conference as one of the most diverse in North America, King took the time to highlight that there is a difference between union and unity. “We can be joined together in one union but still not have unity”, said King, “Greater New York Conference needs unity among its rich cultural diversity”. Similar sentiments were echoed from Vice Presidents of the Atlantic Union, L. Mettelous, Haitian Ministries, and Dionisio Olivo, Hispanic Ministries.
Knight in giving his vision for our conference laid a spiritual foundation. The Greater New York Conference is not cooperate America; Greater New York Conference is the Church of God. Knight sees a church that can accomplish much if we work together regardless of our language, country of origin or ethnicity. Knight, recognizing the challenges ahead, feels positive that Christ will bless this conference. He highlighted that what is needed most in Greater New York Conference in not just more money etc. but more of the Holy Spirit so as a church we can accomplish the mission and be ready for the Lord’s return.
Consecration and praise were walking hand in hand as soloist, choirs, and groups from the diverse cultures’ of the conference joined in rendering praise to God. Choirs included, North Bronx, Spanish Dyckman, French Gethsemane & Korean Church Choirs. Jean Brown, Soloist, Saxophonist Joel Alvarez and the beautiful strings of the Manhattan Ensemble also rendered praise.
The highlight of this consecration service was the 4 prayers offered up to the Lord on behalf of the entire conference. These prayers invoked God’s forgiveness while seeking His divine hand of blessings as they commit themselves in service. The four prayers were:
1. Prayer of Confession Elder David Cadavero
2. Prayer of Contrition Pastor Carlos D. Gonzalez
3. Prayer of Consecration Pastor Carlyle C. Simmons
4. Prayer of Commission Dr. D. Robert Kennedy
With this historic service, Greater New York Conference Administrators, departmental directors, executive committee members commit themselves to working together with all Pastors, teachers, workers, and members in fulfilling the commission.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 KJV
*Missing from this Consecration service was Dr. Santos, Executive Secretary who had to travel to Brazil to bury his brother in law who passed away unexpectedly.
- DVDs of this service may be ordered by calling 516-627-9350 or by contacting the office of Communication.