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Multi-cultural Worship

June 18th 2007 (2) comments so far  

I thought you might enjoy my wife, Priscilla’s, reflections on the worship service we attended this morning in the country of Mozambique as part of a Missions trip. Here are her thoughts:

This morning we worshiped at the Malhangalene Baptist Church where our friend Isaias Uaene is the pastor. The church building is small, holding about 60, so there are two services. You talk about a “blended” worship experience, we had it this morning. The first service was at 7:30 and every bench was filled. The worshippers were Mozambican, Brazilian, American (us), Austrian, old and young. We began with the hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy” (translated in Portuguese) with a keyboard accompaniment.

The keyboard player is at least 90 years old, a charter member from the time of the Portuguese colonization. The worship leader is a tiny 20 year old student; she has a huge smile, beautiful voice and irrepressible rhythm. After the first hymn and prayer she was joined by the choir of young people and the pace picked up with translated songs from Michael W. Smith and Third Day, accompanied by guitar, bass and tambourine. Then we went into a chorus in the tribal tongue of Shangana, and everyone really let loose. Who said Baptists can’t dance? These Baptists can! After Mark preached, we ended the service with a Portuguese translation of “Jesus Paid It All,” again with the keyboard.

Such a “blended” worship time–a blend of nations, languages, tribes, musical styles and instruments, yet all praising the Lord together and lifting the name of Jesus! Perhaps a little taste of heaven where all nations, tribes, languages, and peoples will worship together around the throne of God. (Rev. 7:9)

One more “musical” note–we have a fruit bat who sits in the tree outside our window and pings his radar loudly each night. He’s become such a constant companion that we miss him when he goes around to the other side of the house.



    Alicia McNairy June 20th at 8:34 am  

    Priscilla, Thanks for sharing your experience in the “blended worship” in Mozambique with those of us back in the USA. I know God is pleased with our worship in any style as long as it praises and glorifies Him in truth and holiness. But your description reminded me again of how much my first worship in India with our fellow believers affected me — it was the moment that I fell in love with the church of Jesus Christ and the wonder that I felt completely at home because I was with my family in Christ. I long for that reality in the coming Kingdom.


    Jason Reynolds - staff July 12th at 9:07 am  

    I too remember my first worship experience in India! What a fantastic experience and faithful expression of our adoration of Christ.

    As I was on the platform with the other speakers, an undernourished 2.5 year old girl who had not been groomed in a long while ran up on stage and right toward me with her arms lifted high. She had the biggest smile and a face of joy unlike any I had ever seen. I scooped her up and held her for all to see as we helped lead worship for the congregation.

    What a wonderful picture of what Jesus does with us … scooping us up into His loving arms no matter our condition.

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