“May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. “ (Romans 15:5-7, NRSV)
This past Sunday was another glorious Sunday of celebration for our 150 years as a congregation. Hearing the Children sing, experiencing some of the Youth contributing to the worship music, and watching the video of Susan Wilborn, Celia Smyly, and Ralph Yeilding served as a reminder of the importance of our ministry to Children and Youth. And then we saw the message shared by Rev. Keith Thompson, a favorite son of Canterbury, who now serves as the Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham. His personal story of becoming involved at Canterbury as a Youth and his parents joining later was both inspirational and empowering.