An anniversary is a special thing. We celebrate anniversaries of births, of adoptions, of the founding of our nation, of our marriages. Reminds me of a husband and wife who were getting ready to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The couple decided as a gift they would purchase a new vehicle. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast sports car. The discussion was getting very heated when finally the wife stated, "Look, I want something that goes from 0 to 180 in four seconds or less, and that’s all there is to it!
When the big day came, the wife went out to the garage, but there was no new car. Angry, she went back into the house looking for her husband, but he was not at home. Frustrated and upset, she went into the bathroom to get dressed, and there was her gift, wrapped in a big red ribbon. And it was something that would go from 0 to 180 in four seconds or less - a brand new scale.
Yeah, I know what you are thinking, leave it to Pastor Gordy to open with a joke on such a solemn occasion. And you know, I just can't help myself. But as we gather for our 150th today, I think that laughter has been a big part of our recent history; 150 years ago, probably no jokes in church.