Celebrating God’s work in the Protestant Reformation has been a long standing tradition in our church. In the early 1980s, Pastors Richard C. Miller and Carl E. Erickson (of New Covenant OPC in South San Francisco) would conduct joint reformation services complete with dramatic and colorful reenactments of various reformation scenes. Then in 1990, a long tradition of combined evening worship services on Reformation Sunday began between our church and the churches pastored by Pastor Kevin Kirby (Petaluma Community Church, and later Sovereign Grace Community Church). Popularly known as the Reformation Rally, these combined services have become an annual ecumenical event in the best sense of the words, with participation from various churches from our presbytery and the local community.
Last Sunday, Pastor Reid made a slip of the tongue that immediately brought to mind to several members a longstanding love of spoonerisms coming from the pulpit. Actually, such spoonerisms have come not so much from Novato pastors but from the beloved Rev. Carl E. Erickson of our sister congregation at New Covenant OPC in South San Francisco. Each year at our presbytery Family Camp, Rev. Erickson’s wife Kathy has shared the many spoonerisms she has collected over the years, many having originated from her husband. They continue to be a source of much laughter, as well as an opportunity to keep pastors humble!