In remembrance of the sacrifice made by the Anzacs, Hillview Adventist Church in Morisset, NSW, hosted a special service on Sabbath, April 23.
The program was opened with a welcome by long time member Rodney Woolley, proudly wearing his father’s medals and dog tag. Several photos of his father—soldier TX1945 while on service in Egypt—were shown on the screen as Mr Woolley was speaking.
An arrangement of the Last Post interspersed with Abide With Me was performed by husband and wife Cybele and Bevan Craig. The story of Simpson and his donkey featured in the children’s story, followed by the children and members of the congregation coming forward to place paper poppies on a wreath at the foot of the cross.
Bringing a reflection on the theme of sacrifice, Pastor Leigh Rice presented the story of Herbert Henry Somerset Marks—his wife’s uncle—who died in battle one day after his 21st birthday, 62 days before the end of World War II. Pastor Rice made a parallel on how Mr Marks sacrificed for his nation and Jesus made the greatest sacrifice of all, dying for the world.
“It was a day that all church members will remember,” said church leader Mary Fedorow.