God’s Purpose for Morehouse and the World Was Predestined said Lea During Founders Worship Service

Date Released: February 20, 2017

God’s Purpose for Morehouse and the World Was Predestined said Lea During Founders Worship Service


God created everyone and everything with prenatal purpose, said the Rev. Claybon Lea Jr. ’89 during Morehouse College’s Founders Day Worship Service Sunday.  It is up to us to commit to that purpose and to die having fulfilled it, he said.

“God puts everything in you, before the existence of you, that will be needed by you for when you do what he purposes for you,” Lea said to shouts.  

The service, held in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, is one of the final events held each year during the College’s Founders’ Day Celebration week of activities.  The service this one was a special one as the College is celebrating its 150th anniversary and one of the first places to house Morehouse upon its move to Atlanta from Augusta – Friendship Baptist Church – was jointly holding their service with the College.

“Morehouse is clearly a called institution,” said President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79.  “There are very institutions that know who they are.  And it’s a blessing to know who you are. You make your way through life in a different kind of way.

“Morehouse College found out why back in 1867,” he said.  “And it’s been very clear about our purpose all this time.”

 Quoting Jeremiah 1:4-5, Lea, senior pastor at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield, Calif., said that’s why the College has endured for 150 years.

“Morehouse is not here by happenstance,” he said. “God formed Morehouse and shaped Morehouse into what it has become.”

A portrait by David Collins of the Office of Institutional Advance, depicting Morehouse’s intertwined history with Friendship Baptist Church and the city of Atlanta, was unveiled and presented to the church.

Also, former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, a member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, was honored for his years of service to the College and the community with an oil portrait that will hang in the Chapel’s International Hall of Honor.

“You are the architect of intersectionality, accessibility, hospitality, sustainability, and an author of the beloved economic world view,” said Chapel Dean Lawrence E. Carter Sr. 


Last Modified: June 8, 2017, 13:06 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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