In spirit and in truth

Intercultural worship service brings diverse Christians together in praise of God

Lisa Williams | Mennonite Church Eastern Canada
The heartfelt songs of praise raised by the Meheret Evangelical Ethiopian Church filled the Kitchener First Mennonite Church sanctuary with adoration of God. With eyes closed and hands raised, and even a few tears, Meheret led the gathering in worship. (Photo by Arli Klassen)

It was a rich night of worship as a diverse group of people gathered at the third annual intercultural worship service at Kitchener First Mennonite Church on Oct. 20, 2018.

Yoel Masyawong, the regional church’s mission associate and pastor at Grace Lao Mennonite Church, also in Kitchener, guided participants as they feasted on a smorgasbord of worship, dance and song. Chin, Laotian, Hispanic, Ethiopian, Hmong, Béninois and Caucasian raised their voices and clapped their hands as hearts understood each other and worshipped God together.

This event has been one of the best-kept secrets in Waterloo Region, but word is out and many are anxiously waiting for next year.

The heartfelt songs of praise raised by the Meheret Evangelical Ethiopian Church filled the Kitchener First Mennonite Church sanctuary with adoration of God. With eyes closed and hands raised, and even a few tears, Meheret led the gathering in worship. (Photo by Arli Klassen)

The beautiful colours of the Salvadoran dancers from First Mennonite Church began the intercultural worship service. Each tap of their feet or swoop of the dancers’ dresses was done in praise to God and was a magnificent offering of worship. (Photo by Mike Strathdee)

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