Three gallant officers of A-Lang Worship Centre in the Odorkor Area of The Church of Pentecost bowed out of active service last Sunday.
The retirees, Elder Ebenezer Ofori Bempong, Deaconess Dorcas Bempong, and Deaconess Joana Yeboah, served for 45, 40, and 19 years as officers of The Church of Pentecost, respectively.
A glorious service was held at the Church’s Excellent Auditorium to mark the momentous occasion.
The event, officiated by the Resident Minister, Apostle Dr. Christian Tsekpoe, drew a mammoth attendance.
Among the dignitaries present were former resident ministers of the Worship Centre, namely Pastor Isaac Annor (first Resident Minister), Pastor Francis Broni, and Pastor Isaac Ayisi Kumi (Immediate-past Resident Minister).
Also in attendance were Pastor Opuni Boateng, who represented the Area Head at the event, Pastor John Ofori Ofei Badu (Santa Maria District Minister), past and present officers, as well as relatives and friends of the retiring officers.
Exhorting the gathering on the topic “Serve God Well,” Pastor Isaac Annor, Resident Minister for the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Downtown-Ofaakor, eulogized Elder Bempong, the first Presiding Elder of the Worship Centre, for his dedicated service to God and the Church.
He urged the congregants to emulate his life of service to God, especially because it comes with immeasurable benefits.
He said that, in addition to salvation, those who serve the Lord faithfully receive generational blessing, divine wealth, divine health, long life, among others.
He stressed that service comes with humility and obedience, without which one cannot serve the Lord diligently. He also urged them to serve with joy and gratitude.
Pastor Annor ended his sermon by commending the retiring officers for their commendable service and significant contribution to the Worship Centre and called for God’s blessings upon them and their descendants.
As part of the service, the profiles of the retiring officers were read, and a video documentary bearing sampled testimonies about them from the Resident Minister, officers, and members of the church was also screened during the service.
Elder Bempong was recognized for his humility, punctuality, sense of responsibility, and his instrumental role in the early period of the Worship Centre. He was also acknowledged for his oversight role towards the Children’s Auditorium building project.
Deaconess Dorcas Bempong, described as a doyen of prophetic songs, was eulogised for her calm and respectful demeanor.
Deaconess Joana Yeboah was commended for her humility, love for the things of God, and exemplary generosity.
The retired officers were each presented a citation and an undisclosed cash amount as a token of appreciation for their service to God and the Church.
They were also presented a certificate of service from the Area.
The glorious retirement was characterised by great joy and nostalgia as both past and present members came back to fellowship once again.
Report by ALWC Media