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With prayers for good weather answered, 500 people from Classis Hamilton, a regional group of Christian Reformed churches, gathered for an open-air service in Ancaster, Ontario, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the CRC.

Held in a grassy amphitheater of a Roman Catholic retreat center, it was “a beautiful setting, eminently suitable for worship,” said Rev. Arie Van Eek, one of the event’s organizers.

The worshipers heard testimony from Living Mosaic Church, a Classis Hamilton church plant.

Joanne Kater, a member of Hamilton’s most recent church plant, New Hope Church, was moved to hear how God is leading the emerging churches in the Hamilton area. “It was powerful. I’m excited about where the church is going,” said Kater.

A praise team from Faith CRC in Burlington, Ontario, and the Ambassadors, an all-male choir, led in song, and Rev. Gerard Dykstra, executive director of the CRC, addressed the gathering on the theme of Christian hope.

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