“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:14, NRSV)
This past Sunday at our 150th Celebration, we experienced a day filled with love—love for God, love for Canterbury, and love for one another. It was so good to see many of the former ministers who have helped shape this great congregation. It was a day of remembrance and a day of joy. I have described the day as glorious. If you missed it, be sure to watch it on the web.
Many people contributed to Sunday’s service. At the risk of failing to recognize everyone who played a part, I still think it’s important to lift up the names of a few folks. Dr. Kevin Alexander was our primary leader who orchestrated the team. Wayne Gillis, Alan Martin, and Fred Renneker were the architects of the service on Sunday. Adding valuable historical content to the service was Bill McDougald who helped me with the presentation of Canterbury’s history. Dr. Lester Seigel’s composition on Psalm 146 was a special gift. Lester wrote this piece to commemorate our 150th. Ginger Cowley created a beautiful space for our brunch. Of course, there were others including staff and lay leaders who contributed to our effort, and we are grateful for their assistance with the brunch, with communications, and with other logistics.
This coming Sunday we are continuing our 150th Celebration with the service that we intended to present on October 8th when Hurricane Nate intervened. We’ll be all together worshiping in Canterbury Center. Scott Precise and Sally Morris have been working with Kevin Alexander along with other staff and lay leaders to prepare for this service. You won’t want to miss this service as we celebrate our Children and Youth. Rev. Keith Thompson, who was scheduled to preach, will still be with us, although his message will be a video. If you missed last week, you don’t want to miss this week because we’ll have some gifts for you that were distributed last week to those present.
Canterbury is a great church filled with great people. Throughout our history, we have served our community and our world with faithfulness and generosity. We have much to celebrate as we move into our next 150 years. The reality is that we get to decide what our future will be. It takes every one of us to write the story of our future. Now is a great time to recommit to what you will bring to the life of our community of faith regarding your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness. Together, we can accomplish even more amazing things for the Kingdom of God. Here's to the next 150 years!
Rev. Dale Cohen
Senior Pastor of Canterbury United Methodist Church