Worshipping in St. Boniface and visit to Chatsworth
More than 10 times I had worshipped in St. Boniface before, the main congregation of Christianenburg parish. Even with a theatre play I have been there together with some youth in 1996. Coming to the church on Sunday, I say a lot of improvements like coloured tiles with a glossy surface, loudspeakers with wireless microphones, a notebook computer projecting the gospel, song texts and much more information via a beamer on a hugh screenbord – and an air condition system to cool down the air. Four ordained pastors celebrated the service: the retired pastor, the acting Rev. Sithole, the retired Bishop of the Eastern Diocese and a female guest pastor. Rhosta Gcaba wrote shorten translations of the sermon for Elke and me.
Towards the end of the service with a length of “only” one and a half hours, I got the opportunity to convey greeting from our home parish Bad Essen and to read the letter with an invitation to send three delegates of the parish to Bad Essen to have the Easter time together in 2017. Thereafter, I handed over the letter to Rev. Sithole. In his reply Rev. Sithole expressed the joy of the parish about this invitation.
For the late afternoon, Elke, Rhosta and I have been invited to be guests in the home Robin Ramiah in the Chatsworth parish. Robin had been a delegation member together with two other guests from Chatsworth to the Barkhausen-Rabber parish in 2014. Together with Rev. Chellan and his wife we had a mild, but excellent Indian supper and a lot of talks about the political and church situation in South Africa and Germany. We thank for this nice and informative evening.