Apostle Trevor Williams held the divine service in Silkstone congregation on Sunday, 30 August 2020. The Apostle was accompanied by District Elder Uwe Hoffmann and District Evangelist Richard Graf. The church and the congregation were prepared as their rector, Priest Trevor Bruiners, was to go into his well-earned retirement during that divine service.
The accompanist played hymn 135, “Let us turn our faces to the light”, as the opening hymn for the divine service. Apostle Williams’ sermon was based on the Bible word that we read in Ezekiel 1:28, “Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.”
The Apostle’s message was that our Heavenly Father remains with His children in the most difficult of circumstances. The prophet Ezekiel questioned why the glory of God was in Babylon and not in Jerusalem in the temple. He received the comforting explanation that God was with His people, even in the most difficult circumstances and situations.
On this occasion, acts that were to be carried out earlier this year took place. As stated earlier, the rector, Priest Trevor Bruiners – who had been an active minister for 26 years – was placed into well-deserved retirement. During his time of active ministry, Priest Buiners was an outstanding example for all in pastoral care. He served all brethren with love and understanding, bringing many sacrifices unselfishly. Priest Basil Scott was appointed as the new rector for the Silkstone congregation.