Monday, April 09, 2007

Bishop G.E. Patterson - Funeral Service Program



Organ Prelude

The Processional
• The Acolytes
• The Ecumenical and Denominational Leaders
• The National Elected and Appointed Officers
• The Board of Bishops
• The General Officers
• The Adjutant General
• The General Board
• The Assistant Presiding Bishops

The Patterson Family

The Sealing of the Bier

Opening Sentences The Right Reverend Samuel L. Green Jr.
• Member, General Board

Hymn of Comfort The Right Reverend Matthew Willaims

• "Come Unto Me" Adjutant General
• The Choir and Congregation

Invocation The Right Reverend Jerry W. Macklin
• Member, General Board

Old Testament Scripture The Right Reverend Nathaniel W. Wells
• Member, General Board

Choral Response The C.H. Mason Memorial Choir

New Testament Scripture The Right Reverend Leroy R. Anderson
• Member, General Board

Affirmation of Faith The Right Reverend Philip A. Brooks
• Member, General Board

Anthem The C.H. Mason Memorial Choir

Acknowledgements of The Right Reverend Roy L.H. Winbush
• Civic and Religious Leaders Assistant Secretary, General Board

William Jefferson Clinton
• 42nd President of the United States

Reflections from The White House The Honorable Alphonso Jackson
• Secretary, Housing and Urban Development
• Official Representative of Pres. George W. Bush

Ecumenical Tribute The Right Reverend James B. Leggett
• General Superintendent, International Pentecostal Holiness Church
• Chairman, Pentecostal World Fellowship

Selection The C.H. Mason Memorial Choir


Department of Women Mother Willie Mae Rivers

• General Supervisor

Council of Pastors & Elders The Reverend Derrick Hutchins
• Chairman

Board of Bishops The Right Reverend John Henry Sheard
• Chairman

General Assembly The Right Reverend James Oglethorpe Patterson Jr. • Chairman

Selection The C.H. Mason Memorial Choir


General Church The Reverend J. Harley Lyles Jr.
• General Secretary (Interim)

General Board The Right Reverend Wilbur W. Hamilton

• Secretary, General Board

Introduction of Eulogist The Right Reverend Chandler D. Owens
• Former Presiding Bishop

Sermonic Hymn The Right Reverend Matthew Williams
• "Amazing Grace" Adjutant General
• The Choir and Congregation

Eulogy The Right Reverend Charles E. Blake
• First Assistant Presiding Bishop

Prayer of Comfort The Right Reverend George D. McKinney
• Member, General Board


The Future of the Church of God In Christ

While many may raise question as to the future of the Church of God In Christ there are many who still believe thatthis church has really just begun to start making a major impact on the world. With the loss of one of the greatest leaders of any denomination oin Christendom, one might assume that the cogic is in great dilemna and despair. The opposite is true however. With great leaders at the helm with names like Bishop Charles E. Blake, Bishop W.W. Hamilton, Bishop J.W. Macklin, and Bishop J.N. Haynes to name a few; this church is positioned for great success. One must only continue to look up and realize that what the Lord does is purpose and destiny driven. God never makes mistakes and will accomplish all that was set to be completed. Let's stand together and salute the great leaders of the Churches of God in Christ and endeavor to build and strengthen one another with the pormises of the word of God. We can , we shall, we will, we must not just survive but win!!