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Friday, June 02, 2006

St. Jean du Gard


Last Sunday we worshiped with our friends in a 300+ year old little Reformed church called St. Jean (John) du Gard (on the Gard River). I counted (as is my addiction) when the service was fully underway: 30 adults, 2 children, 3 college age students. But the worship for Ascension Day was rich with music (8 hymns/choruses) and text (3 for the sermon and 3 before the sermon). At the conclusion of the sermon we celebrated holy communion with a passed loaf of bread and a common chalice.
How do I worship when I understand maybe 15% of the content? I am able to read the text in English when they read the French. I pick up key words that are the same in every language. And, most importantly, I sense the Spirit of God at work. This Sunday we are going back to St. Jean du Gard for the dedication of the pastor and wife's first grandson. That should be quite a festival!

5 Comments:

At 11:46 AM , Anonymous kenton said...

Hey Don,

The church looks beautiful. Hope you are resting and re-creating well.

 
At 12:30 PM , Anonymous murriel said...

Sounds wonderful! I thought about you on Sunday as we sang "Come Thou Holy Spirit" ~ always so moving. Wouldn't it sound awesome in a wonderful old space.

 
At 10:37 AM , Anonymous Isaac Johnson said...

www.jibstay.org expired. i renewed it. should start forwarding again in a few days.

 
At 2:51 AM , Anonymous Jamie Arpin-Ricci said...

Looks great in the pic.

 
At 10:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

a précision: this church is a Free Evangelical Church.

May God bless you

Christian

 

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