On Sunday, September 22nd, Andover Community Church celebrated its 150th anniversary as a continuous congregation of Christians joined together in faith in the Andover Community (1869 – 2019). What a beautiful day it was, with over 80 people attending this special service – worshiping and giving thanks to God for His faithfulness throughout the years! The service began with Fr. John Wagner gathering the community outside the Church and after a prayer, processing into the building singing the hymn, “Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past”. Bishop Emeritus, the Rt. Rev. Bill Murdoch, visited on behalf of Bishop Andrew Williams and gave an inspiring message for the sermon. Hymns of praise were played by guest organist, Liz D’Amico, on their 19th century organ, and their worship team led them in spirited praise and thanksgiving. Greetings were received and some memories shared.
The service concluded with the sacrament of Holy Communion and closed with the hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ.” Afterwards, all were invited to fellowship in the Grange Hall to enjoy a meal prepared by members of the Church. Some of those attending told of memories they had of being baptized at the Church, of belonging to Grange Hall or attending the schoolhouse building. Old pictures and articles were available on a table of the Andover Historical Society. It was a wonderful time of remembrance, worship, and rededication of their sanctuary and life together as a church for Christ’s work in the future.