Archive for February, 2010

Tribute and Honor to Sister Margaret

February 15, 2010

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.
Now it is easy to understand why I have chosen the color red.  These characteristics represent Sister Whichard:  Extrovert – Warm – friendly – life and vitality. 

 Logan holds up red necklace and points to a red heart with the back side of the heart  which has a touch of black.

 However, too much red will give you  danger.  You have seen a stove eye when it turns red.  Everyone knows to be careful or you might get burned.  That is why I believe Sister Whichard’s red is balanced out with 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).

Absorption of light is contrasted by transmission, reflection and diffusion, where the light is only redirected, causing objects to appear transparent, reflective or white respectively. 

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.

The heart has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional, moral, and in the past also intellectual core of a human being. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human mind, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and depictions of hearts are  symbols that  represent love
Sister Margaret has given her love to this Church and to everyone who comes in her path.  How many times has she called us and prayed with us and how many times has she visited us and how many times has she found time to give to our Church and to minister to us in some way?   Thank you Sister Margaret for ministering to  our Church and finding time to love us in all the different ways that you find.  If there is a ministry or a need that has to be filled Sister Margaret stretches herself and steps up to meet that need.  She has steped up recently and begain ministering to our children in children’s Church.  Logan is in her class and I am here to tell you that our children are blessed because of it.  They are learning to minister, to sing in front of the Church, to learn bible verses, to learn the books of the bible, and so much more.  We are blessed because Sister Margaret has taken her  love and poured it out on our Church family.  This morning I want to say thank you from our Church.  We love you in return.
The next gift that Sister Margaret has given to our Church is represented by this Cross on a gold Chain.
The Color Gold:
 Gold symbolizes wealth used wisely,success in all you go to accomplish  and is also the symbol of good health.  People who favor the color gold are very optimistic people.  They rarely are negative but choose to look at life as though the glass is half full not half empty.  Gold represents a person who has great personal powers of persuasion, great courage, confidence and will power.
The Cross:

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.)



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