|Rev. Modise Maragelo|
|Procession around the block|
|Holy Gospel, read in (R to L) Setswana, Zulu, & English|
|The second men's choral group|
It was quite the honor to be part of Rev. Maragelo's induction service. At one point in the service, during some singing, one lady brought a sheet of paper for the guests to sign and thus register their presence. A bit later in the service, the church elder, Gilbert (who served as deacon/master of ceremonies), paused to welcome the guests. As he read through the list, we were each asked to stand and be acknowledged by the congregation. As I was introduced, Gilbert simply read what I had written on the paper: "LCMS, United States." I trust the impromptu representation of my church body and country serves "good order."
|Clergy laying hands on Maragelo & praying Lord's Prayer|
|Pr. Maragelo beginning his sermon (Note time on clock!)|
After some impromptu revising of plans for collecting the offering the service began winding down. At first they planned to have the congregants process forward and put their offerings in to bowls, one for each side of the church. After some conversation, again as joyous singing is carried out, they decided to pass the bowls for the offerings as it would proceed more quickly given the larger crowd. However, one lady (the same lady who took the name of guest clergy) say up front at a table and a handful of women came forward to leave envelopes with their offerings in them. These were then recorded in a book as the service continued.
|Brass band - following the service.|
|Participating clergy, Bp. Wilhelm Weber in front.|
The service was followed by what the bulletin simply called "Refreshments." But it was more than coffee and donuts or punch and cookies, as we Westerners might think of the term. This was a full-fledged meal with chicken, beef (both cooked in the big pots you see below), rice, coleslaw, salad, potato salad, a cornbread type of roll, and orange punch. The meal together is quite important for the community life, especially the community of God.
|Woman cooking chicken in large pot of oil, removing cooked chicken.|