It would be a little outdated to display pictures of last month’s Ash Wednesday service here – were it not for the fact that they bear witness of the collegiate work of Reformed congregations in New Brunswick and surrounding areas. As every year, we continued the serious liturgy of Ash Wednesday with a rather fun “Feast of Sausages”. This commemorates the protest of our ancestors in the faith in Switzerland, who used a feast like this to provoke the Bishop of Constance in 1522. It caused the great reformer Ulrich Zwingli to compose the first of his Reformation writings, a pamphlet entitled “Choice and Liberty Respecting Food”.
There will be another collegiate event later this year. Traditionally, we had a mid-summer outdoor worship service together. But not every congregation can leave its church alone on a Sunday morning. For this reason, we will try something new this year: a collegiate picnic with games in the evening of Sunday, August 17.
At the same time, we want to widen the circle. Traditionally, we had only the Suydam Street Reformed Church, the Reformed Church of Highland Park, Second and First Reformed Church. Now we have extended invitations to the Middlebush Reformed Church, the Reformed Church of Edison and the Six Mile Run Reformed Church. What great potential we have in our midst!