REP’s 40th Anniversary Commemorative Church Service at Boulevard Baptist Church
The Rural Electrification Programme Ltd (REP) kicked off the celebration of its 40th anniversary on Sunday, July 19, 2015 with a commemorative church service at the Boulevard Baptist Church in Kingston.
Among the distinguished guests that joined the REP’s board, management and staff at the church service was The Honourable Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining. He gave a responsive scripture reading from Psalms 24.
The de facto theme of the service was bringing light into people’s lives. In his greetings General Manager of the REP, Mr. Garfield Daley, made reference to Christ as the light of the world, while expressing gratitude to God for His guidance of the REP over the past 40 years as it carried out its mission of bringing light into communities. He mentioned the REP’s 97.5% success to date.
“Even as we humbly carry out our mission as the people who have been bringing electric light into the lives of Jamaicans for 40 years, we feel particular pride in our purpose and in our accomplishments,” Mr. Daley said.
He thanked the Boulevard Baptist Church for joining the REP in giving thanks to God for 40 years of existence. He also thanked the stakeholders in the REP including the board, staff and contractors as well as government officials and development partners.
Young Crystal Daley, summer worker, delighted the congregation with a sparkling rendition of “I still have joy.”
The main lesson, which was taken from John chapter 9, was read by REP board member Marsha Smikle.
In delivering the sermon, Dr. Garnett Roper, Chairman of REP drew his message from the story about the blind man whom Jesus healed outside of the temple, as told in John chapter 9. Drawing parallels from the reaction of the Pharisees in the story, Dr. Roper reminded the congregation that the spiritual darkness which inhabits mankind is insidious and stubborn. Its consequence are extreme cruelty to ordinary people. He said that people in this kind of darkness will find every means to reject something good and to justify their own points of view. He reminded the congregation not to overlook those whom the society has rejected. Dr. Roper left the congregation with the following quote,
“the same people whom you pass on the way up, will be the same ones you see on your way down.”
After the service there was a reception for the REP which was joined by the members of the Boulevard Baptist Church’s clergy.Tags:
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