“Let us celebrate our Jubilee with thanksgiving and humility. Let us seek to learn the lesson of our congregational history and out of these days let us pray that there may truly come new vision, new inspirations, newness of conviction and freshness of vow.” So wrote William Fitch in the January 1959 issue of Faith For Today, Knox’s monthly reader. William Fitch was the Minister at Knox from 1955 – 1972, and 1959 was the 50th anniversary of Knox’s new home on Spadina Ave. Here are some snapshots from the Jubilee issue of Faith For Today:
William Fitch also wrote a message to the church about the celebration of 50 years, and the focus on what God is doing in the future:
“That surely is the keynote of all our worship today. We look back across these fifty years and we see a record full of the goodness of the Lord. We have been blessed with gracious and faithful ministry. We have been supported by gifted and consecrated members. We have been upheld by the prayers of a host of Christian friends. We have known what it means to dwell in the secret place of the most High and to abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
All of this is of God’s mercy. It is therefore meet and right that we should with all our heart and soul and mind and strength praise Him for His grace and favour. Great is His faithfulness. Year by year His mercies have been new and surprising. No good thing hath He withheld from us.
[Philippians 3: 12-14 says] “12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
“This one thing I do.” More and more the will of Jesus Christ our Lord will govern all our policy and planning, all our programming and preaching. It means that more and more we will die daily to all self-interests, all self-culture, all self-care, and give ourselves “to seek and to save that which is lost.” It means likewise that ever increasingly we will covet the communion of the Holy Ghost at the heart of our congregation – that communion which spells love and unity and humility and Pentecostal power.
God grant that these will be the blessings that will rise from these days of joyful thanksgiving.
I am, yours most sincerely,