New Apostolic Church USA


60th Wedding Anniversary Blessing

September 6, 2015   Limerick, PA

The first couple married in our congregation’s first church building (located in Pottstown) took place in 1955. We were delighted to surround Pauline and Otto Standhardt as they received their diamond anniversary blessing 60 years later.

Near the close of service, District Elder Hoelzle spoke to them in front of the altar. He explained two Bible verses he selected befitting the life of this special pair:  The Wisdom of Solomon 16:12 – “For it was neither herb nor…plaster that restored them to health but Thy word, O Lord...” and Luke 11:34 – “The lamp of your body is in the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good your whole body is filled with light.” Knowing how Pauline and Otto paid good attention to maintaining their health over the years, including recent eye issues, the District Elder pointed out that it was their attention to “Thy word O Lord”  that made them very healthy spiritually and physically. Likewise, when we use His word to see things clearly, the Lord provides greater than we expect. Such ‘more than expected’ blessing can be seen, also, in how they have been able to share their lives and example with their daughter and granddaughter.

The District Elder provided one more fitting reference for the couple as he recalled the words of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision…Thou my best thought by day or by night; walking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.” He encouraged them to continue to “see what God wants you to do.” Good words for us all!

To conclude service, the congregation sang their favorite hymn, “Take My Life and Let it Be.” A brunch followed in the fellowship room to which the Pauline and Otto added their famous German potato salad made with their own hands the night before – why were we not surprised by another example of their sharing a labor of love!

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