Not quite Ballyholme

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 03 Dec 2012 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Sunday past was Harvest Thanksgiving in Kiwoko. I was preaching at St John’s – our usual Parish church. We usually attend the second service (about 9.30 am, but with wide confidence intervals) which is in English. This week I enjoyed attending both services – even the Luganda service which began at 7am. I left Denise + Gideon enjoying Weetabix as I raced for an already started service.

While I did enjoy the service, I was struck at several points that it was probably not the Harvest service I would have enjoyed in Ballyholme:

  • The church decorations – well, to be honest there was no special decoration. The thought of wasting food or money for largely decorative purposes obviously hasn’t occurred to anyone. Local produce is to be eaten, and I imagine that it would be viewed as crass to try and decorate the House of the Lord with such. The swallows flew in and out of the doors and windows just like any other Sunday.
  • The sermon in both services probably would have provided more bemusement then education in Ballyholme. I was preaching about Ebola. Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever is a serious and highly contagious disease – and we have had 10 cases locally in recent weeks. Hardly a harvest theme, nonetheless it was agreed that community education and assuaging fears was the most important message of the week.
  • The collection was a bit more enthusiastic too. People come up to the front rather than having plates passed around. Many then had a chance to greet their friends en route to and from the collection basket (shaped in a structure which I always believe would be appropriate to contain a snake charmer’s accomplice.) At the end of the collection an extensive collection of fruit, vegetables and livestock was auctioned off. I did wonder if children in Ballyholme would be so excited to come home from church with some spinach and eggs.

But for all that, the message of the service is the same of thankfulness to God for his provision and bounty. We, His people, have given a token back for the work of His kingdom.

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