Today ends our week long celebration. Two hundred years is a long time. A lot has happened. Just last week we discovered that the former church building had regular old windows before the stained glass. There have been disagreements and splits and all sorts of things that aren’t pretty. We also found out recently that we almost became a federated church (How we could be Baptists and Methodists, I am really not sure.). There was a mural for the one hundred year anniversary that we will never forget. There’s a lot to remember.
I have only been here for a year and a half. In the history of the church that isn’t all that long. There’s going to be a lot remembered, though, in this time period. Two hundred year anniversaries will do that. Church fires will do that. Baptisms and dedications and lives being changed because of Jesus will do that.
What will happen in the future? I really can’t say. There’s a lot to be excited about. God has plans for us. I know He does. There will probably will be some good times and some not so good times. There will be potlucks and Bible Studies. There will be building projects and new members. It’s exciting to think about all the things that God will do in the little old town of South Londonderry.
What I leave you with today is this: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He has been a part of our church (meaning the people) for all two hundred years. He is with us today as we celebrate the new life we have in Christ. He will be with us in the future as we discover God’s plan for us. And the best part is that Jesus never changes.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.