We were blessed at church yesterday morning with a visit from the minister of our partner church in Transylvania. The service was led by our minister emeritus who started our association with the partner church program 17 years ago. He retired in 2000 after more than 30 years at our church and though I came here after his retirement, it was a joy to hear him and to feel the bond that he still has with many in our congregation.
Our visiting minister (her first time out of her country) told the children a folktale, gave a wonderful talk on the "consoling church" and the joy of the love of God, and, in what was one of my favorite moments, said the Lord's Prayer in Hungarian to which we responded in English. She later presented us with a beautiful flag and some embroidery and then sang two folk songs.
It was a joyous day and I am filled with gratitude for just having witnessed it. Blessings