Monday Musings 07/11/11
In a recent blog, I talked about how MJ and I have the privilege of living on two continents in any given year, six months in Africa and six months in Canada. We have the unique opportunity of observing two perspectives on two Continents.
This past weekend, I conducted one of our leadership seminars at église évangélique Source de Vie in Gatineau, Quebec. On Sunday, MJ and I walked into a worship experienced that felt more like Africa than it did Canada. The pastor scheduled his African worship team to lead the service and for a few moments, it was as if we had been transported across the ocean to a church in Zambia.
It reminded me of how the world has come to Canada. Second, it reminded me of how the Canadian church has been so enriched by cultural diversity. And third, it reminded me of the great opportunity we have to learn from one another by building a bridge between continents.
Christians from other parts of the world know what it is like to seek God through the conduit of prayer. I challenge Canadian churches to open up your doors to all night prayer meetings and let these folk teach us the power of prayer. Cultural groups have a unique freedom of worship that we as Canadians could learn to embrace.
It was amazing to observe the reaction that flowed from the platform to the “pews” on Sunday. As the worship team began to lead, about fifty children were directed to the altar area of the church and joined in worship. The enthusiasm of the worship leaders bubbled over to the children while the enthusiasm of the children trickled to most (not all) of the adults in the congregation. Culture and children provide a unique opportunity for the Canadian church to be loosened from what others sometimes perceive as our “conservative culture”.
So, merci beaucoup église évangélique Source de Vie for giving MJ and me a taste of Africa on Sunday. Thank you for opening your church doors to a multitude of cultures that have enriched your congregation. Just as your church has become a bridge between continents, may you together build a bridge into your community that will continue to introduce Gatineau to the love of Jesus!
I can’t wait to edit the video footage of Sunday’s “Canadian/African” worship experience, and take it back to the African churches in January! Talk about building a bridge!!!
Until next Monday…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!