Legacy of Lady Sutton
The Life & Legacy
Evangelist Bertha Floyd Sutton left a vast legacy for the women of Maryland Church of God in Christ. Her life’s standards were established by God, and rooted in biblical principal. She followed Christ’s example and remained true to the high call God had for her life. Her life was filled with diversity because of her multiple roles as a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, preacher, and first lady.
God blessed her with the innate ability to see a treasure in everyone she met; encouraging them to bring forth that hidden talent and inner beauty. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us”, 2 Corinthians 4:7.
Her character is defined in Proverbs 31:10-31, a woman of strong character, great wisdom, skillful and full of compassion for others, “a woman whose price is far above rubies”. Isaiah 66:13 says “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you”. Mother Sutton provided solace and comfort for so many, a peacemaker who brought peace, rest and comfort to her home, workplace and our church.
Mother Sutton’s legacy of faith and strong work ethic is founded on the word of God. Her faith was evident as she dealt with life’s difficulties and illness. She applied the same biblical principles to her life no matter what the trial or tribulation. I Peter 1:7 describes her faith “as of greater worth than gold”.
She encouraged us to work together, and to support each other, admonishing us to work while it is day: “the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9:4 Mother Sutton understood the necessity of the work, that everyone has a work that no one else can do; not our own will, but the will of Him who sent us, because night is soon to come.
Today we want to focus not so much on what we have lost, but on what we have gained because Evangelist Bertha Sutton touched our lives. We remember the heart of a woman who loved God and God’s people, a generous and thoughtful woman, who poured out from her heart - love, concern, and compassion for so many people. She served God by serving others. Her ministry profoundly impacted our lives and the ministries of the Maryland Church. She was a leader who influenced us, who helped us develop our character, integrity, and our spiritual walk. We remember her as a woman of God, always looking for an opportunity to be a blessing because she knew giving was a part of living.