Kingdom Hospitality

Two weeks ago, while Rev. David Tigchelaar was preaching here in Mountainview, celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of his parents, Rev. David and Joanne Tigchelaar, I preached in his congregation, First Christian Reformed Church in Guelph. It was 32 years ago when I was called by First Guelph, as a single seminarian entering the ministry. It would be a team ministry with Rev. Henry Eshuis. I was examined by Classis Huron on October 15th and ordained into the Word and Sacrament of the Christian Reformed Church a couple of weeks later. The congregation had two morning services and it was geographically divided by people living North of the Speed River and those living South of the Speed River. That winter Sue and I got reconnected and were married in First Church in September of 1987. We daughtered New Life Christian Reformed Church in 1988 and took 72 families with us. We were in Guelph for 8 years, and only the first two years in First Church.  As we drove up to Guelph on December 30th, 2018, we wondered who we would remember, and struggled to come up with many names. We pulled into the school parking lot, as the church is presently being renovated, and walked in not knowing where to go. People began coming up to us, one, two, three at a time, welcoming us with open arms and excitement. They reached out their hands and looked in my eyes and asked “Do you remember me?” I looked in theirs and I knew them, needing a little help with some names. And we did remember one another. A barber friend of mine, sat in back of the service with a great big smile on his face. I remembered when he made public profession of faith and became a new member of our church. After the service was done, he pulled me aside and said “You look a mess! You are not going home until you stop by the house, so I can fix you up and make you look presentable.” Sure enough, the whole family joined me at his place after coffee and watched as I sat in his chair while he cleaned me up. It did feel a little strange getting my haircut on a Sunday, but the gesture of kingdom hospitality went a long way to override any discomfort. What a beautiful thing it is, to look people in the eye and see friends in Christ.   

                                                                                                              Pastor Sid

Karin Terpstra