Sunday, 19 May 2024

Consecration of Sr Christine Emanuel

On Saturday 18th November 2023, I was among those who attended the Consecration of Sr Christine Emanuel. I would like to join others in congratulating Sr Christine on her Consecration as a Presbyter. I felt privileged to have attended this event. The service was held at Hornsey Moravian Church, followed by light refreshments. The food served was multi-cultural and plentiful, and this lovefeast provided an opportunity for fellowship of those who attended, which helped to cement the sense of unity.

The service was well attended by Bishops, Ministers, members of other congregations, friends, and families. The Church's atmosphere was filled with joy and anticipation, and I hope those who followed the service via YouTube, all felt the same. One thing I like about Moravians is, that, we are all brothers and sisters regardless of one's role or position in the Church.

The Consecrating Bishops were Bishop Sarah Groves, Bishop Joachim Kreusel and Bishop John McOwat. Rev Philip Cooper and Rev Jane Carter gave the sermon during this occasion. Sr Carmen and Br Christoher members of Harold Road Congregation, and a family member of Sr Christine took part in reading lessons chosen for the occasion and presenting a bible to Sr Christine.

I have been reflecting on the sermons by Rev Philip Cooper and Sr Jane Carter. They amongst other things highlighted two of Sr Christine's many gifts, listening and organisational skills. I could not agree more. Quoting an American author Stephen R Covey, 'The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand, we listen to reply'. Sr Christine listens to understand. I pray that God will continue to use Sr Christine as a source of encouragement, support, and inspiration to each member, not only at Harold Road congregation but also other congregations.

Harold Road congregation is one of the smallest in the British Province. However, members have remained committed to ensure that, the congregation does not extinguish. I would like to invite everyone within and outside the British Province, to continue to pray for the sustainability and expansion of our congregations, with God nothing is impossible, Luke 1:37.

To conclude, I would like to pay a tribute to Sr Christine for her commitment in working in God's vineyard. I thank God for her life. Hebrews 6:10, one of my favourite scripts for a faithful servant of God. 'God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love that you have shown to His name in having ministered to the saints and still continue to minister'.

Good wishes to all for the New Year 2024.

Br Christopher Mwaisango
Harold Road Congregation

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