by Rev. Kathy Bouchard
Over the years, I have grown to love the Service of Remembrance that we observe on the first Sunday of November. Those of you who are fairly new to our congregation may not be aware of the triptych that is mounted on a back wall of the sanctuary. The triptych lists names of members of MHCC we have gone before us dating back to the time that this congregation was founded in 1955.
Many of the names are unfamiliar to me, but more than a few are names of people I have known and admired for their faithful witness. Indeed, the triptych is but a fraction of the great cloud of witnesses who have helped shape who I am. More importantly, these are people who have helped shape who we are as a congregation. As I read through the names, I can’t help but think about the many ways that each must have contributed to the life of MHCC. Looking back on our past, I envision planning sessions, board meetings, Sunday School classes, worship services, picnics, mission trips, work days to spruce up our facility, fellowship dinners, baptisms, weddings, memorial services, and much more. All of these are ways of being a community of faith. In looking back, I can’t help but look at who we are now and who we are becoming as a congregation that carries on the tradition of being inclusive, doing justice, and honoring diversity.
I hope you’ll be in worship on Sunday to remember and celebrate the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us.