Well, what a good weekend. First, on Saturday afternoon we celebrated my thirtieth anniversary at the church and what I thought was the 150th anniversary of the founding of the work (1863) but turned out to be the 148th anniversary (1865). I gave a power point presentation of the church's history then we had a cuppa and then my fellow elder Robert Strivens preached from Philippians 1:1. After that there was a cake and another cuppa but no speeches. It was really good to see so many there.
The next day it was communion in the morning followed by a harvest sermon from me on James 5:7. In the evening we had a visiting speaker all the way from Haifa, Israel, Shmuel Aweida. Shmuel is Arab and pastors a congregation of Christian Arabs and Jews. he spoke from Acts 10 and very briefly but winsomely argued the case for taking the gospel to the Jews. Again we had a good number of people present and another cuppa! It was a privilege to meet Shmuel and his (Norwegian) wife Bjorg. What an excellent weekend.