With the theme ‘Faith, Hope and Love’ Holy Trinity joined Canon Alex Gordon and his wife, Geraldine, in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Canon Alex’ ordination as a priest at a service of Solemn Mass.
With just one service, so that the congregations normally attending at either 09h00 or at 10h30 could celebrate together, around 160 people including a 30-strong choir, attended the service. The Archdeacon of Switzerland, Canon Adèle Kelham came to add her own good wishes and those of the Diocesan Bishop, Robert Innes, who was unable to be present. Bishop Robert commended Canon Alex for all that he had done to bring unity and heal past wounds in Holy Trinity, exemplified in the service. Members of the congregation presented a number of gifts in appreciation of Canon Alex’ ministry with Holy Trinity over the past three and a half years and for the support and fellowship of his wife.
Music, important both for the church and for Canon Alex, played a major part with the choir singing Mozart’s Spatzenmesse and the anthem, ‘Strengthen ye the weak hands’ by William Harris. Mark Jones, who returned for the celebration, played the voluntary.
In his sermon, Canon Alex outlined some of his previous posts, including his career as a pharmacist, returning to the theme ‘Faith, Hope and Love’ illustrated by the readings for the day.
All were invited to a reception at the the community centre where, almost all the congregation, men, women and children went on to continue the celebrations in dazzling sunshine with an excellent and convivial meal.
Both the Eucharist and the reception were joyous occasions.