Sunday, May 2, 2010

Nepalese Worship with Verve: An Acts 2 Church

Verve is  the word that came to mind about worship today among a Nepalese congregation here in Hong Kong.

When we first arrived, up three flights of narrow stairs into a small apartment-sized worship space, there were only a handful of people.  Soon after the worship began:
The praise band started jamming,  the drummer (playing these incredible drums called tabla) started drumming, the guest preacher (Wayne) started preaching, and all the people started praying... (don't worry, not all of this took place at the same time)

Note the
shoes that are removed before stepping up to the altar... This is holy ground.

Kinda cool that it's a pastoral couple (Raju & Gita) leading this astonishing little church. (They are both LTS alumni)

We look forward to being invited back again, and watching this little church grow.  From what we saw today, it definitely will.  (Check out a video from a recent Nepalese Union Church Baptism festival here)
The Psalm for today was Psalm 148, and it was followed by a short burst of ... speaking in tongues?  (Hard for us English speakers to tell when the language switched from Nepalese language to a heavenly language, but later on the pastors told us, yes, that's exactly what was happening, a festive burst of speaking in tongues.) 

Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants of Israel, the people close to his hearts.  Praise the LORD.

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