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.
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