Yes, it all started in 1963 with an English Service held in northern Taipei ~ then in 1967 they moved into the newly constructed Good Shepherd Church and also started a Chinese service ~ and now here we all are in 2013 giving thanks to Almighty God for the last 50 amazing years!
Everyone was invited from near and far – farthest traveled for the occasion were Rev. Edmund Der 謝博文 and his wife Margaret who came all the way from Toronto, Canada – he was in charge of Good Shepherd from 1966-1974, and from 1972-6 also Vice-President here at St. John’s University. On Friday they came to visit us at SJU for lunch with all their old friends ~ here we all are, smiling away!
And so to yesterday, and what a great 50th anniversary celebration! The service was in Chinese and English, sermon from Bishop Lai, plus dedication of brand new communion things, candles etc…. Then after the service it was party time ~ which saw even our clergy on their feet dancing to the music and singing! Oh yes and a magnificent (if slightly wobbly!) cake which fortunately survived to tell the tale… And finally a delicious meal for over 200 people held on the forecourt at Good Shepherd… the whole event all organized by rector Rev. Lily Chang and her great team!
Ah, and the group photo – the official one… we’re all in there somewhere, yes honest!
Thanking God for 50 years of witness in Shilin, Taipei City, and for a wonderful celebration yesterday…..
And hey, it never rained even one drop the whole day, thank you Lord!