It was a day of praise, thanksgiving and fellowship for the members of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Keith at a 70th anniversary commemoration celebration held on September 15.
From its initial inception as a small home-based gathering in the late 1940s, the church was officially formed as a congregation in 1950, with the newly constructed church building dedicated to the Glory of God on December 20, 1959. The original Keith Lutheran Church Hall has been added to over the years to create St Paul’s as it stands today.
Inscribed on the Church Hall foundation stone is the verse ‘you are the body of Christ and each one of you is part of it’, a sentiment that has been evident in the growth of the congregation and its interaction in the Keith community.
Assistant Bishop Reverend Dr Andrew Pfeiffer reminded the 100 worshippers at the commemoration service that the physical building is the means the followers of Christ use to be the living stones who let themselves be the conduit in the building of God’s spiritual temple. He also touched on the work of the Keith members and urged all not to lose sight of the mission statement, ‘bringing the hope and healing of Jesus to all.’
St Paul’s Secretary Theo Fisher said the endeavours of the congregation have been widely seen over the years.
“These blessings have been passed on to the community through engagement in the Keith Area School Pastoral Care programme, assisting in the regular worship services at the Keith Hospital, the bi-annual leading of the Keith Town Carols, supporting community members during times of disasters, tragedies and seasonal challenges, supporting the Tatiara schools’ pastoral care workers, shared operation of the Keith Bargain Centre by the ladies and supporting Australian Lutheran College students preparing for Holy Ministry,” Mr Fisher said.
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