Family and friends joined the congregation at Glen Waverley Uniting Church on 26 April to recognise and celebrate 70 years (to the day) of ordination to the ministry in the Presbyterian and Uniting Church for Rev Bill Morgan. Bill, who turns 100 in October, is still active in ministry. He offers pastoral care in the village where he lives, leads village and nursing home services, and occasionally fills in to preach or preside at communion at nearby congregations.
Bill was recognised for his leadership of worship, his passion for preaching, the leadership he has given the church and the wonderful pastoral care he has offered people over the decades. To this day, Bill is committed to supporting the mission of the church.
Speaking about the highlights of his ministry, Bill recounted the two terms he served in Vanuatu, which he described as a privilege. He said he would never forget his humbling final service in Vanuatu. More than 1000 people attended, many having to sit out on the lawns, and there was not enough communion wine.
Bill served as moderator of the Presbyterian Church and another highlight was successfully guiding the Presbyterian Church in Ormond into the Uniting Church. There were divided views among the congregation. After he put in place a process of information sharing, studying the Basis of Union and a debate with a speaker for and against, all but one family made the transition into the Uniting Church.
Those present joined together in prayer giving thanks to God for Rev Bill Morgan’s 70 years of ordination and his faithful and dedicated ministry and service to the church and the community.