Sunday, 3 July 2016

Day of Celebration

Today was a special day for St Paul’s as Gillian Gamble led the service and then presided at Holy Communion for the first time. The church was packed, with friends of Gillian and many of the congregation of St Peter’s joining us. The crush was such that we had to bring in extra chairs. If Gillian felt any timidity or apprehension, it did not show.

Steve preached the sermon using the reading for St Peter’s day of Peter’s assertion: “you are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” It would be her challenge for Gillian to present this understanding of the world around, but it was also a challenge to each one of us – what do we make of Jesus?

After the service there was a “Bring and Share” lunch. At the end of this Gillian was invited to cut a cake to celebrate the occasion. She was also presented with cards from both congregations and the gift of a Home Communion set.

With Gillian’s gifts of pastoral care we are sure that it will be much used.