Today we celebrate a milestone in the life of the church. We are technically 2 ½ years late, but a century and one-half serving God in Litchfield as First Presbyterian Church is indeed a milestone. But over the course of 150 years, there are many more moments marked than milestones. Moments of committee meetings, Sunday school classes, potlucks, PW meetings, and almost 8000 Sunday services; moments where we meet God and fellowship with one another. Milestones include baptisms and confirmations, weddings and Lilac Luncheons, funerals and anniversaries. And they all leave us with memories of family and friends and faith shared. And today, a special celebration of another milestone.
A few days ago, Julie and I were having breakfast-- along with several grandkids. She looked at me across the table and said, “I'll bet you don't know what today is, do you?” Well I wasn't going to admit I didn't so I said, “Of course I know what day it is!” Later on I tried to remember what day it could be, I didn't dare miss a milestone event. I decided it might be her birthday so I had the florist send her a bouquet of flowers. But later in the day I got to thinking, maybe it was bigger than a birthday, what if it was our anniversary? I went down to Mary's jewelry and got her a necklace and they delivered it to the house. Finally, before supper I ran down and picked up an expensive box of chocolates just to be safe. I gave her the box of chocolates and received lots of hugs and kisses. She told me, “This is the best fourth of July I've ever had!”
This is a special day.