Moira de sward 2012-08-18 05:08:45
My visitors from Malawi are a newly married couple. I met the man
in Zimbabwe at an AIDS conference in January 2002 and I’ve stayed at
his home and he’s stayed in mine on visits to one another’s
countries. He is here to work in the field of HIV. They are
Presbyterians. I offered to take them to a Presbyterian church this
morning. I have only visited two Presbyterian churches in recent
years, St Columba’s in Greenside, which is the one my sister
theoretically belongs to, and one where I have been involved with
them through an ecumenical organisation, namely the Linden
Presbyterian Church. It was the latter one to which I decided to
take my visitors. I phoned one of the women with whom I have become
friendly. I was advised that they wouldn’t be at church today but
they phoned the minister and told him to expect us.
We were treated in a very friendly way by everyone including the
minister who mentioned that he’d been told to look out for us.
People who have met me through the ecumenical group came up and
greeted and welcomed us. The three different services of the day
were explained. We were offered tea both before the service and
after the service. We were given little “Welcome” gifts which were
packaged in gift wrap and consisted of a welcome letter explaining a
bit about the Linden Presbyterian Church and how to contact people
and what activities they have, two sweets and a bookmark. I note
they have a website. www.lindenpc.org The overwhelming impression
is one of love and care.
The church itself is quite plain with some beautiful banners. I
admire these banners because the majority of them comply with my
ideal concept of church decoration which says there should be no
are quite subdued. The music was contemporary in style and well
executed. I enjoyed the occasional sounds from the sax.
The service worked as all good services should, to bless the people
and encourage them. The theme of today’s sermon was “The fear of
God” and it was delivered without fire and brimstone, and very
gently and competently by Reverend Rodney Brits who admitted that he
usually focuses more on the love of God than the awesome nature of
God. One can tell that his preaching actually makes a difference in
the life of the church. It is a very loving Christian community.
My visitors would like to go again, but next time they would like to
attend the “traditional” service rather than the contemporary one.
I may join them.
Moira, the Faerie Godmother