Skip to comments.4 congregations, 3 languages, 1 Lord
Posted on 10/11/2012 3:54:11 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
It just makes sense. As the neighborhood demographics changed, so did Viers Mill Baptist Church...
Every Sunday morning at Viers Mill, four churches share space on the multi-building complex. In the basement of the church's chapel, Chinese Christians worship in Cantonese and Mandarin. In the large combined classroom space linking the older chapel with the newer sanctuary, Hispanic Christians worship in Spanish.
In the chapel's sanctuary, African American Christians worship; and in the main sanctuary, a multi-ethnic congregation worships in a traditional worship service. All at the same time.
(Excerpt) Read more at srnnews.townhall.com ...
Four times a year, the four congregations meet in the church's main sanctuary for a combined worship service, where they do the Lord's Supper and baptisms together. The four pastors share the preaching responsibility, each pastor taking one Sunday, providing the sermon and the special music.
"The Chinese and Hispanic congregations bring their hymnbooks so everybody can sing the hymns in their native language," said Wilson. "You may be singing Amazing Grace in English while the people around you are singing in Spanish and Cantonese. Just a lot of fun; it's like what you think heaven is going to be like. It's a great way of doing ministry."
Reminds me of the Newsboys’ song “He Reigns”:
It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Asian believers
Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir
It’s all God’s children singing Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
Separate services for separate languages, I get it. Except for the “African/American” part.
This church must have a really big parking lot!
I love that song!
I hope to never understand the southern segregation disaster.
My church in Minneapolis, MN has blacks, Hispanics, whites, African immigrants, Asian. we don't seperate them. We are all children of God.
Hey barb it's funny I live in the south and my church has all the same ethic groups you named.
My question to you is where in Minneapolis can you find a church WITHOUT a person with your attitude about southerners?
Can you tell us where that may be?
Segregation has been gone for along time. Maybe you should visit instead of watching the MSM! Then again maybe you should stay where you are!
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.