By admin | July 12, 2009
Perhaps the best day of our tour was the Lord’s Day we spent in Bradford-on-Avon. We worshiped at the Old Baptist Chapel, a congregation in existence since the 17th Century. They sent messengers to the Particular Baptist General Assembly in London in 1689, and they still believe the same things today. It is a marvelous story.
Dr. Robert Oliver, the retired pastor of the Church (his son Paul is the current minister) preached an excellent Gospel sermon on Spiritual Mindedness from Colossians Chapter 3. The worship was very familiar (though the hymn tunes were not), reverent and well-ordered. The people were very friendly, many of them coming to us and welcoming us. After worship, the Oliver family, assisted by the deacons of the church, provided us with a delicious lunch. We really were overwhelmed by their generoisty and hospitality. It was truly an example of Christian love in practice. Everyone in our group expressed their deep appreciation for the church. This was a memorable Lord’s Day. How can we possibly express adequately our gratitude?
After lunch, we walked over to see the parish church (which is about 900 years old) and the even older Saxon church across the street. The Saxon church is fascinating–very small and very old!
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