Thursday, October 2, 2008

World Communion Chapel, led by Perkins International Students

For this service, Dr. Hawn put together a liturgy using elements taken from our various countries – and of course, music! I got to conduct the American debut of Dad and Richard Leach's "This Banquet Has No Walls" – the Seminary Singers sang it really well.
During the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving, Chali alternated the liturgy between Shona, Bemba (I think), French (for me!) and English. The display above was lacking an authentic pair of Dory Dan Newfoundland Spoons....

World Communion Celebration
October 1, 2008
11:30 a.m.
Perkins Chapel

Processional Mweya Mutsvene Uyai Pano Traditional Shona (Zimbabwe)

Mweya M’tsvene
Mweya M’tsvene
Mweya M’tsvene
Uyai pano. Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit
Come by here.


Call to Worship Caribbean Conferences of Churches, adpt.

Thank you, O Lord our God, for all that you have done to sustain us.
In the Caribbean there are so many things that give us pleasure:
beaches, mountains, valleys, trees, fruits and flowers.
Indeed, all nature celebrates you in this part of your creation.

The heavens are telling the glory of God:
and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)

Thank you for the people who dwell in our territories,
that in them we see a reflection of all the races of the world.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands. (Psalm 100:1)

Thank you for your beloved Son Jesus Christ:
for his life, his mission, his teachings,
his sufferings, his death and resurrection;
and that this Jesus who is our Saviour, lives today.

Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving,
and God’s courts with praise!
Give thanks and bless God’s name. (Psalm 100:4)

Song of Praise Enter Into Jerusalem Fr. Richard Ho Lung (Jamaica) / Andrew
Donaldson
Please see the music at the end of the program.
Join the choir on the chorus.

Scripture Mark 6:14-29

Sermon Who is Herod? And Who are You?

Prayers of the People written by Dr. Ezra Chitando (Zimbabwe)

Preparation Zviro Zvacho Zvanyanya Patrick Matsikenyiri (Zimbabwe)

Come, Holy Spirit, help us build a better world.
Come, Holy Spirit, Help us all unite as one.

God of liberation and justice,
defender of the poor and marginalized,
we seek your guidance.
Give us vision and confidence to become prophets
when resources are looted.

Singing: Come, Holy Spirit, help us build a better world.
Come, Holy Spirit, Help us all unite as one.

Let us hear the cry of the widows.
Let us feed the orphans.
Let us denounce injustice by the powerful.
May we demand drugs for the sick.
May we demand care for the abandoned.
May we denounce wastefulness by the affluent.

Singing: Come, Holy Spirit, help us build a better world.
Come, Holy Spirit, Help us all unite as one.

Forgive our silence.
Forgive our complicity.
In your mercy, forgive our condemnation of people living with HIV.
Forgive us when we deal lightly with the wounds of your people.
Forgive the times when we have offered artificial solutions.

Singing: Come, Holy Spirit, help us build a better world.
Come, Holy Spirit, Help us all unite as one.

Empower us to tackle corrupt systems.
Make is instruments of your peace.
Make us agents of transformation.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

Singing: Come, Holy Spirit, help us build a better world.
Come, Holy Spirit, Help us all unite as one.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
Passing the Peace

Procession of the Sacrament
Le lo le lo lay lo William Loperena, O.P. (Puerto Rico)

*This is where Ulston and I danced the communion elements down the aisle*

Great Thanksgiving

The Great Amen Masithi S.C. Molefe: Xhosa, South Africa

Amen, siyakudumisa Amen, we praise your name O Lord
Amen, siyakudumisa Amen, we praise your name O Lord
Amen, Bawo; Amen, Bawo Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen
Amen, siyakudumisa Amen, we praise your name O Lord

And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray as Christ taught us in our own language: Our Father . . .

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Music during communion
This Banquet Has No Walls Andrew Donaldson (Canada)
Seminary Singers

This banquet has no walls, O God
for as we break the bread we find
the powers that take and limit life
are near to us, not far away.
Yet they have no say,
at your banquet without walls.

This banquet has no walls, O God,
for as we break we find the ones
the world would shun and scorn
are welcomed in, not kept away.
We will sit on day
at your banquet without walls.

The banquet has an end, O God,
for as we rise to leave we find
the table where the feast goes on
is near to us, not far away.
We will sit one day
at your banquet without walls.
Text: Richard Leach (USA), 1996 © 2005 Selah Publishing Co., Inc.
Reprinted by permission under OneLicense.net #A-705453
*Ulston providing the groove for Dad's song. We were told to dress as we would for church at home - he looked sharp! Note that this was taken later, as he of course paid attention to the conductor during the song rather than mugging for the camera.*


UMH 620 One Bread, One Body John Foley (USA)
All are invited to sing.

Parting Hymn The Right Hand of God Noel Dexter (Jamaica)
See music at the end of the order of worship.

Blessing (In Unison) Lois Wilson (Toronto)
*I read this, and said a bit about Rev. Wilson first*
The blessing of the God of Sarah and Hagar, as of Abraham,
the blessing of the Son, born of Mary,
the blessing of the Holy Spirit who broods over us
as a mother over her children, be with you all. Amen.


Processional Le lo le lo lay lo

***
Worship Leaders—Perkins International Students:
We welcome our celebrant, Rev. Kalaba Chali, MTS ’07,
(United Methodist, Zambia)
Pastor of Heart of Africa Fellowship & Prison Ministry,
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church

Preacher: Christinah Kwaramba, MTS 2 (United Methodist, Zimbabwe)

Organist: Ulston Algernon Smith, MSM 1
(Moravian Church Eastern West Indies Province, Antigua/Barbuda)

Choral Director: Hilary Seraph Donaldson, MSM 1
(Presbyterian Church in Canada)

Unable to be present today: Christian Kakez-A-Kapend, MTS 1
(Methodist, Democratic Republic of Congo)

Seminary Singers, C. Michael Hawn, Director
Chelsea Stern and Laura Bertwell, Assistant Directors;
Ulston Smith, Accompanist
Neeki Bey, Percussion

Ulston Smith is a first-year M.S.M. student from Antigua/Barbuda. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and The United Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica.
Ulston’s wife, Jovanca Smith is a final year civil engineering student at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Ulston is preparing to minister in the Moravian church as pastor and minister of music.
When you think of the Caribbean, please pray for the witness of the church, that she remain a voice of hope, love and restoration. Pray for the leaders both political and spiritual; that they may live exemplary lives worthy of the vocation to which they have been called.

Christinah Kwaramba, a second-year M.T.S. student, is from Harare and her people are the Shona. She is a graduate of Africa University in Mutare.
Christinah is preparing to minister in the United Methodist Church and teach in a seminary in Zimbabwe
When you think of Zimbabwe, Christinah would like for you to pray for the socio-economic & political situation in her country. Shops are empty and food is very expensive. Pray for the families who lost their beloved ones during the 2008 elections and pray for my church conferences in Zimbabwe.

Christian Kakez-A-Kapend is a first-year M.T.S. student from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a graduate of Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Christian is preparing to enter a PhD program in homiletics so that he can teach in UM institutions in African continent.
Christian would like for you to pray for peace to totally prevail in the Congo.

Hilary Donaldson is a first-year M.S.M. student from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her husband David Kopulos is an artist and graphic designer. She is a graduate of Concordia University in Montréal, Québec.
Hilary is preparing to be a worship leader and choral conductor in Canada.
Hilary asks that you pray for her church, Trafalgar Presbyterian in Oakville, Ontario, and for its continuing ministry in the villages of Masooli and Kitettika in Uganda.


*These little blurbs had a map of each of our countries with it... mine was a map of Ontario*

1 comment:

Larry said...

What a cool service this sounds like it was! We (your Hilariter) helped with a very cool service at a CRC church last night (Sunday, 6/10/08) that focused on the multi ethnic, multi racial challenges churches in NA face today. It was challenging and interesting. The music was good (doh - of course ;).