Christians from across the geographical spread of Hamilton Presbytery assembled earlier this evening in Blantyre Old Parish Church to mark the 500th Anniversary of the commencement of the Reformation with a special service of thanksgiving. The Moderator, Mrs Roberta Hutton, presided. Guest preacher for the occasion was the Rev. Canon Professor Charlotte Methuen of Glasgow University, a renowned Reformation scholar who spoke of the continuing value of Martin's Luther's contribution to the shaping of western Christianity, and the growing realisation than in God's grace we each have something to offer one another for the good of the whole Church.
In that spirit, members of the Presbytery were joined by representatives from several denominations with whom the Church of Scotland enjoys close fellowship, and others tendered their apology but sent good wishes and prayers. There was a brief gathering in the adjacent hall after the service for a time of further fellowship over tea and coffee.
The Moderator, on behalf of the Presbytery, expressed thanks to the Rev. Sarah Ross and the Kirk Session of Blantyre Old, which this year celebrates its own 450th anniversary as a congregation, and for hosting the occasion and providing hospitality.