Inclement weather and lack of power was not enough to deter over 100 people from attending the Cowell Lutheran Church on Sunday 29th October to commemorate 500 years of Reformation, 50 years of the LCA, 50 years of Cleve Lutheran Parish and the 50th anniversary to the day of the laying of the Foundation Stone of Cowell Lutheran Church.
The Sanctuary was resplendent in red, white and gold for the occasion, which included beautiful floral arrangements and the LCA logo for the 500th year since Reformation and 50 years of the LCA.
Visitors came from as far as Parilla, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Whyalla and many parts of Eyre Peninsula, to join Parish members and fellow Christians of Cowell. Pastor Keith McNicol led Divine Service and preached on the Reformation and what it means for today’s world. The Reformation is the light of Christ, shining through this dark world in the message of the Gospel – Jesus keeping His promise to His people that He is with us to the end of the age. The Spirit of the Reformation gives us hope in this dark world; here at Cowell, across EP and Australia and across the world.
At the end of the service Cowell congregation chairman Mr Carl Jaeschke welcomed all in attendance and read messages of greetings that had been received. A short history of the Reformation, Lutheranism coming to Australia, the formation of the Lutheran Church of Australia, Cleve Lutheran parish and finally Cowell Lutheran Church was read by members of Cowell Lutheran congregation. A celebration cake, beautifully made and iced by member Mrs Pat Smith was cut by Mr Vern Schutz, who was part of the building contractors of the Cowell church and Mrs Margaret Lloyd whose father made many of the church fixtures, including the pews and the Altar.
Following the singing of Table Grace, a delicious feast of roast lamb and pork, salads and sweets were enjoyed as people caught up and spent time looking at the display in the hall of memorabilia from across the parish that had been prepared for people’s interest.
Members of Cowell Lutheran Church give thanks to God for our church home and, mindful of the sacrifices of the pioneers and their pastors, we shall endeavour to be worthy heirs of their legacy of faith and vision.