ATTIRE FOR CLOSING SESSION
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“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:22-23.
To: Evangelist Trial Bishop, all Elders, Pastors, Assistant Pastors, Ordained Ministers and
From: Bishop Charlene M. Jamison, Jurisdictional Prelate
Date: Friday, October 01, 2021
Re: 2021 State Assembly Closing Session
As we approach the 80th Annual State Assembly, I greet each of your in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
On Sunday Morning, October 10th: The Evangelist Trial Bishop, State Elder and all other Elders, Pastors, Assistant Pastors and Ordained Ministers are asked to be uniformed for the closing session of the State Assembly. All are asked to wear Black clergy shirts with the full white collar. I also ask that each Deacon and Deaconess be uniformed in their Official Deacons blue uniform.
Your cooperation and participation in this endeavor are genuinely appreciated.
DID YOU KNOW?
Exodus 28 contains a detailed description of the garments God commanded to be made and worn by the priests? These were “sacred garments” to bestow Aaron and his sons with “dignity and honor” (verse 2).
All the garments worn by the Old Testament priests were symbolic of being set apart for God’s work of atoning for sin. Compliance with the “dress code” was required. This is noted in verse 43: “Aaron and his sons must wear [the garments] whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they will not incur guilt and die.”
While such elaborate garments may seem odd today, God used these distinctive garments to set His spiritual leaders apart from the other Israelites. Each piece of the priestly garments held significance related to the work the priests performed. The Israelites lived with a continual reminder of the importance of the priestly work. They also had a foreshadowing of Jesus, the “great high priest” (Hebrews 4:14), who would execute God’s plan of atonement in true holiness and perfection.
Therefore, specific garments are worn during certain services as a demonstration to the people of our oath to be set apart for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.