Creating CommunionJuly 03, 2013
Baptist World Alliance (BWA), a few hundred Baptists from around the world gathered together for worship in many languages. Perhaps in those moments of broken communication we best unite for worship, almost like on Pentecost Sunday. The theme of the worship service, "The Disfigured God," brought our attention to the importance of considering Jesus on the cross bearing our brokenness. As preacher Joel Gregory from the United States stated in his sermon, it is this disfigured God that refigures us (the photo is one I took of Gregory preaching). Leading the worship service was Merlyn Hyde-Riley of Jamaica, with scriptural passages read in English by Reid Trulson of the United States and in Haitian Creole by Jean Admettre of Haiti. For the music, we sang one song from the Caribbean, one song from Ghana, and one song from the United Kingdom. Words for the latter song were printed in four languages - as were the words for the responsive readings - which resulted in the four languages mixing together throughout the room.