Anniversary celebrations are so important for us in many aspects of our life. Last Sunday morning I had the delight of worshipping with the congregation at Greenmount URC as they mark their 150 year anniversary this year, and were joined by their sister congregation at Dundee URC. It wasn’t possible to have fireworks (after all, it was daylight) and so party poppers were the next best thing to assist the celebration (top image). The congregation launched a very special collaborative project to mark their anniversary – a new Communion table fall. Every member of the congregation was invited to stitch a small cross onto the fall, and a beautiful prepared cross will be added at the final stage. In the meantime there will be plenty of community opportunities for others to add a stitched cross – and everyone was invited to sign a book, which in turn records the cross they stitched (in the image the creative designer Val Maden, with Kath Lonsdale adding her stitch).
- with thanksgiving to God for the life and vitality of each of our congregations, for the years that are past and the expectancy of the years ahead
- for those creative opportunities for celebration which enable others in our communities to rejoice with us and discover the wonder of Christ at work in us
- for our Synod as 128 congregations seek to support one another in prayer and a variety of ways – to sustain our worship and witness in each community
- for the strengthening of relationships with other churches in each community, that together our work and witness to Jesus Christ may be even more fruitful