Wednesday, 15 August 2007

PNG videos - tribal visit (Sunday)

Our last Sunday in PNG was spent in another tribe and it was a wonderful experience to be able to attend their Sunday morning church service. I was the "official" camaraman that morning, so I made sure I got a good spot up front before the people arrived. Only two guitarists were in the room when I arrived and they were playing some songs and also singing in English. During the church service the singing was in Pidgin English at first and then later in their native tongue. The songs in their own language were very different to the normal kind of songs we would be used to in the West. Another aspect that left an impression on me was when it was time for the preacher to pray before the sermon. He was standing behind a pulpit, but when it was time to pray, he went down on his knees and disappeared from the view of most people. Not so cool for me as camaraman trying to film him! But in kneeling down, he was making a statement. There are many preachers who probably like to be seen by the crowds and television camaras when praying extravagant prayers. Not this preacher. He was saying, in effect, "Don't look at me. I'm not important. This is about God. HE is the only One that matters and that we should focus on when we pray. Look to HIM. HE hears us and answers our prayers." I believe any Christian would to well to remember this and even to adopt a posture of kneeling when praying to almighty God. It is a way of saying that we are nothing and that HE is everything.

"O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker."
-Psalm 95:6

Musicians sing "There is none like You" before church service

The church sings a song in Pidgin English

Quite different: a song in the native language

Prayer before the sermon

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