This is a speech I made on Pastor’s Appreciation to pay tribute and honor our Pastor’s wife – Margaret. While I was in prayer asking God to help me with the things to say to and about Sister Margaret, I felt the Holy Spirit drop into my heart an idea to use colors and jewelry to represent and symbolize Sister Margaret’s personality and characteristics that God uses to bless our Church. Logan held up the jewelry and showed each selection to the congregation as I was talking about it. He did a wonderful job. At the end he read a simple poem that I found on the internet. Anyone looking for a speech is certainly welcome to use this idea, although the speech itself is unique to Sister Margaret. There is only one like her and she is definitely a great blessing to our Church.
It is my priviledge to stand here today on Pastors Appreciation to honor and pay tribute to our Pastor and Sister Margaret. Pastor we love and appreciate you very much but today I would like to focus my remarks to Sister Margaret. Logan is going to help me this morning.
You may think that this is a gift for Sister Margaret but actually these represent some of the gifts that Sister Margaret has given to us as a Church body. (Holding up a gift bag)
I am sure you know that colors and shapes or symbols have meanings and represent and characterizes different personality traits. As I was praying about what to say about and to Sister Margaret the Holy Spirit droped into my heart the idea of using these colors and symbols to represent Sister Margaret’s personality and how God uses her personality and gifts to bless our Church.
The first gift that I have selected is red. Red characterizes certain personality traits.
- Red represents beauty, joy, life, energy, and creativity. Also, great enthusiasiam.
- Also, it represents action and confidence to go after your dreams.
- red is associated with good luck and fortune
- Red is the warmest of all colors
- Red is the color most often chosen by extroverts
- Red is a person of action – Confident and fearless
There is no doubt that Sister Margaret definately has a red personality. She is bold and ministers her gifts to this Church in this fashion. She is an extrovert. If she feels the Spirit of God move on her to do something then she has no hesitation to move in that direction. She doesn’t spend time questioning God but acts on what the Spirit says to her.
Interesting information about red
- So, it may be said that pure red is the color of divine love, the Holy Spirit, courage, self-sacrifice, martyrdom, and all the warm impulses that belong to the great-hearted everywhere.
Logan holds up red necklace and points to a red heart with the back side of the heart which has a touch of black.
Black is considered the negation of color, black is conservative, goes well with almost any color except the very dark. It also has conflicting connotations. It can be serious and conventional.The color black can also be mysterious and sophisticated. In fact, too much black and you have a darkness come with it.
But Sister Margaret has been given just a touch to give balance to her red personality.
The color black
This means that black surfaces can act as thermal collectors, absorbing light and generating heat(see Solar thermal collector).
In the Elizabethian era it signified authority and power with humility and the fear of God.
So the Red is balanced by the color black giving Sister Margaret humility and a great respect for God.
On the end of this necklance is a heart. Now everyone knows that the heart is a symbol for love.
It is the key and the symbol of the Christian faith; therefore, symbolically, understanding it, opens the door to eternal life. The cross of Jesus is the cross of self-sacrifice, devotion to truth without denying it even unto the last breath, and a foundation of strength, endurance, and suffering for what is right.
Sister Margaret brings all of these traits to us as well as her spiritual gifts. The gift of the Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge. Sister Whichard ministers God’s Word to us in many different ways. As a result this Church congregation is blessed. She tries to lead us to Jesus in all that she does. She does it with her personal power, with great confidence and with courage. Thank you Sister Margaret for all theses gifts.
The next gift that Sister Margaret brings to us is represented by this silver chain and silver crown.
The silver represents riches and a shiney metalic finish. It is often used as an accent color as a little goes a long way. It represents a witty eloquent speaker and denotes gracefulness.
The Crown represents that Sister Margaret is the first lady of our Pastor and the first lady of our Church. Here are just a few of the meanings in the bible for crown.
The Crown of holiness denoting devine good and devine truth. Sister Margaret lives a holy life before us and tries to be a witness to all of us.
The Crown of Adornment denotes wisdom from God. Not only does she lead a holy life but she does it in a wise and graceful manner.
The last gift that I have chosen to represent all the gifts that Sister Margaret brings to our Church is this multicolored necklace. There are pink, yellow, white and green stones on here.
Each of these stones represents various talents that Sister Whichard has given to us. Sister Margaret has so many talents and uses them to bless us.
The talent of music in singing – playing instruments – teaching music and leading music.
The talent of teaching -
The gift of preaching
The pink stones represent love and beauty. She loves things to be beautiful including our Church. She brings this beauty to us by decorating and keeping the Church looking great. Just as she keeps her personality.
Yellow – joy – happiness – Sister Whichard has a beautiful sense of humor. I believe that she is blessed and she really does find happiness in serving God and serving us.
green – life – nature and well being. Sister Whichard has an earthiness about her personality. She is real and transparent.
And finally there are little lady bugs on this multi-colored necklace -
The lady bug represents good fortune. It is our good fortune that Sister Margaret has come to our Church congregation and has freely given of her gifts, her talents, her personality and her love for God has been poured out upon us.
Thank you Sister Margaret. And Logan has a poem that he wishes to read to you.
Our Pastor’s Wife
When we thank God for our pastor we must give Him thanks for two,
for when your husband came to us, God also sent us you.
A pastor’s wife must be many things, you have many hats to wear,
and we say thanks for all you do and lift you up in prayer.
You adjust your life to meet the needs of your husband’s congregation,
and it seems that you can always cope with most any situation.
Your presence blesses all of us who know you from day to day.
Thank you Logan for helping. And thank you Sister Margaret for all you do for us. You are a great blessing to us.
(I delivered this speech on February 14, 2010, Valentines Day. Certainly Sister Whichard is a beautiful Valentine for all of us.)