|Resignation Ceremony of Elders and Senior Deaconesses|
|DATE||Dec. 27, 2016|
Resignation Ceremony of
Dec. 18, 2016
Elders and Senior Deaconesses who became 70 years old and had been working for Somang church
with love, righteousness and joy greeted retirement.
The ceremony took place in the 5th worship service on Sunday and the retiree-to-bes
sat on the designated seat and prayed remembering the previous days.
"Their bodies are 70 years old. However their spirit is young enough. So God! Give them good health to pray constantly and to live as good stewards of the Lord in the rest of their lives."
Elder Park Doyeon asked God for His superiors and their future on behalf of the congregation.
"God's great grace it is has brought us All this way in faithfulness.
God's unbounded love which sought us Hoe can tongue of man express."
The hymn of choir Gloria sounded like the confession of those faithful elders and senior deaconesses.
At the end of the sermon, the senior pastor said that those 3 elders and 145 senior deaconesses worked so hard
He required the congregation to worship God like them.
" I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
After offering time, the retirement ceremony began
and to the elders and senior deaconesses, 2 Timothy 4:7-8 was read.
"These senior deaconesses ushered on Sundays, prayed for and comforted the church members
when they were in trouble and prayed for the pastors to be the most helpful supporters."
The senior pastor introduced 145 senior deaconesses standing up.
"The light of the senior deaconess prayer room were never off.
All year around, they continued to pray
and they were friends, fellow workers and precious partners of the church's ministry."
Now, becoming 70 years old, they can lay the burden down by the Constitution of the
Presbyterian Church. They asked God for the blessing and good health.
The entire congregation prayed for them to receive answer of their prayers,
enjoy the spiritual joy for the rest of their lives and continue to love and devote themselves to God.
The senior pastor called 145 senior deaconesses' name, proclaimed that they were retired deaconesses now
and gave the representative a gift.
Elder Cho Changhyeon and elder Koh Jonguk participated in the ceremony
and the other elder couldn't make it.
These elders who had been elected by the church members were like pillars of the church.
Especially, they decided what direction the church should go and took charge of the human resources and finance.
They were the representatives of Somang church in the presbyteries.
The church members blessed them that God's glory and blessings be upon them in their future.
As the moderator of session, the senior pastor proclaimed elder Cho Changhyeon, elder Koh Jonguk
and elder Chang Jikhyeon as the retired elders.
They received a badge of the church, a ring and the Bible as gifts.
They were blessed to be strong
and always come before God to worship.
They were going to step aside from the center and come before God to seek His face all alone.
"You'd been doing great. Thank you."
After the service, friends and family got together to celebrate.
Their friends who had been witnessing their effort
encouraged them saying 'you made so much effort'
Their children who inherit their wonderful legacy of 'faith', the base of their faithfulness and prayers,
stood by them on the last day of their ministry.
Their official ministry is over now. However there's no end to work for God.
May the work of God blossom in the place that these retired elders and retired senior deaconesses are!