“Great is his love towards us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.” Ps.117:2
On Sunday 5th June a large congregation gathered at Falkirk for the celebration of 25 years since the beginning of the congregation. A significant number of founder-members are still part of the worshipping congregation, and they were joined in worship by those who have come into the congregation over the years, and by a considerable number of folk who have passed through the congregation at different points in time.
With the overflow-hall well-filled, the congregation welcomed her two previous ministers, the Revs. Robert MacLeod and Norman Mackay. Robert preached in the morning from John 21, and presided at the Lord’s Table, and then Norman Mackay preached in the evening, from 1 Chronicles 4, urging the congregation to face the future with “Godly Ambition.”
The afternoon saw an impressive buffet-lunch served in the hall, and a very happy time of fellowship. Speeches during the course of the afternoon were made by the Rev. John A. Mackay, whose vision helped launch the congregation from small beginnings in an upper room of the Christian centre in Falkirk. There were also contributions from Mr. Donald Matheson, former Session Clerk, Dr. Jim Boyd, present Session Clerk, and the Rev. Robert MacLeod.
A cake, which had been made for the occasion by Mrs. Linnea Randall, was cut by Mrs. Anna MacInnes, a founder member of the congregation, and a lady who will soon, God-willing, be receiving a telegram from Buckingham Palace.
The day had the feel of a large-scale family reunion, and it was wonderful to welcome people who have shared in the vision of the Falkirk congregation. We give thanks to God for his faithfulness to us. We do not know what the next 25 years will bring, but we know the One who does, and seek to renew our own faithfulness to the God who has led us thus far. To him be all thanks and praise.