The legacy of the late Bishop Larry J. Dennison includes his unwavering desire and commitment to help souls be restored and delivered from sin.
His legacy and love of God and community were honored during the 30th annual Week of Revival of Restoration and Deliverance (WORD) at Compassionate Outreach Ministries which ended Friday with an uplifting service including a sermon from Bishop George Bloomer, founder of George Bloomer Ministries in Durham, North Carolina.
The revival was held Sunday through Friday at Compassionate, located at 320 SE 43rd St. Dennison, who died April 2, 2018, founded the church in 1985 and served as its senior pastor. He is remembered by his congregation and others for taking seriously sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and providing guidance wherever he could, including prisons, parks, hospitals and Trinity Broadcasting. Network.
He is also remembered by his congregation for being a great teacher and an example of how God wants a man to be the head of his family.
Steven Sledge presided over the Friday evening service and honored Dennison while welcoming parishioners before giving the opening prayer. Parishioners wore white ribbons with a picture of Dennison pinned to their clothes to remember his service to God.
“God has been so good to us,” Sledge said. “Before we ask you anything, we want to thank you for everything. Thank you for giving us a leader. Thank you for the guidance he gave us. He was a gift to us. We ask you to save and deliver. “
The service also included the church’s choir and men’s ensemble singing Dennison’s favorite hymns and a liturgical dance by the church’s dance ministry.
“Good godly leadership is an endangered species,” Sledge said. “He (Dennison) believed what he preached. We will never forget him. He walked in a spirit of humility. He always pushed others. He loves his wife. What an incredible example to show a man how love his wife and his family.”
Dennison’s legacy has been kept alive by his wife, Margaret Dennison, who is the senior pastor of the church. She was ordained mother shepherd of the church in May 2018, licensed and ordained elder in August 2018, and officially installed as senior pastor of the church in June 2019.
Sledge introduced Bloomer, and he also introduced psalmist Jermia Cannon, who sang a solo before Bloomer’s sermon.
Bloomer remembered her late friend Bishop Larry J. Dennison and thanked Margaret Dennison for preserving her husband’s legacy.
“I’m always happy and sad when I’m in this building because my friend went to the Lord,” Bloomer said. “But no disrespect, Margaret, you did a phenomenal job. There is no manual on how to put yourself in the shoes of your husband whose presence was important. I not only thank God for her, but this family.”
The scripture for the night was I Samuel 17:12-51.
Bloomer spoke about the story of David and Goliath and told parishioners to understand and carry on with their mission, even if others doubt it.
“When God anoints you with a mission, it doesn’t mean he takes your responsibility away from you,” Bloomer said. “There are people who will point out your shortcomings when you are called to do something. You don’t have a title, but you are called by God to do the job.”