At 2pm on Sunday 10th April, Trinity Lutheran church, Devonport celebrated their 60th anniversary since their formation as a congregation. Some former members, along with fellow parish members from Burnie and Launceston, joined the small number of current members to thank God for his faithfulness to them over these years and for blessing them through baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals and regular worship.
During the worship service, Pastor Stuart Kleinig reminded them of the pastors who had served them in the past and how their membership had grown and subsided a few times. No matter their numbers, they’re still ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light’ (1 Peter 2:9). Many stayed for afternoon tea (which was well catered for, as usual) and looked over a display of some photos of their history. Some of these were taken at their Parker Street church (1962-2000), while others were of their Forbes Street church (2000-current).
Many attendees enjoyed sharing their memories during the conversations. Despite the small number of current members, they remain dedicated to continue worshipping fortnightly. Greetings were shared from some former pastors, such as Bob Kempe, Robert Voigt, Andrew Brook, Thomas Bohmert and Nich Kitchen, as well as Bishops Paul Smith and Lester Priebbenow.