Pastor Leon Wellington, vice president for the Inter-American Division, delivered the sermon in honor of his brother, Elder Valnie Wellington and his wife, Ivorine. They will be leaving Queens Faith Temple of Seventh-day Adventists.
Pastor Wellington’s opening words were, “This is the day we celebrate the life Jesus gave us. Today, we celebrate the life and work of Elder Wellington, my brother, and his wife Sister Wellington. We celebrate the life of these two stalwart members who have given their selfless contributions to Queens Faith Temple.”
Pastor Wellington informed the congregation that brother and sister Wellington’s dedication did not begin when they came to New York but from Jamaica, West Indies. They brought the same energy and commitment to Queens Faith Temple, which helped to foster its growth. We thank God for their commitment.
In honor of a communion service also held that day, the pastor said, “On this communion day, let us remember who we are and our commitment. God has called us out of darkness unto Him. We are selected, elected and precious. We constitute a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). If we truly appreciate the sacrifice Jesus made, then no commitment should be too great. What Christ did for us on the cross was to take away eternal death. Today, as we commemorate the shedding of Jesus’ spilt blood on Cavalry, we must make sacrifices and commitment to follow Him all the way.
“Thank God for forgiveness and thank God for Calvary. Once we were covered in sin but today thank God for His forgiveness. Love is never out of date love is never expired. Paul was thankful to God for his gift of grace,” Pastor Wellington said.
Pastor Leon Wellington concluded his sermon with these words: “Anyone who walks with Jesus and is committed will arrive safely at his/her destination.”