Sunday 11 May 2014 was special in more ways than one when District Apostle N Barnes conducted a divine service in the congregation of Forest Village.
His visit coincided with Mother’s day; a special day reserved on the social calendar to accentuate the role of mothers.
Seven years had passed since the last time the District Apostle served them in their congregation. The preparation for this special occasion was thus intense and resulted in joyous renditions from the children and adult choir as well as the orchestra.
In his opening address to the congregation, District Apostle Barnes paid tribute to all mothers. This included those whom we cherish here, as well as the many who have passed on into the yonder world. Reference was also made to the significance of women in the work of the Lord. The District Apostle referred to the woman who had anointed the feet of Jesus with expensive ointment after which she was reprimanded by the disciples who thought it unnecessary and a waste. The disciples were of the opinion that they could use the ointment for another purpose (John 12:3-7). The District Apostle also mentioned that departed Chief Apostle Urwyler was fond of acknowledging his mother as the first evangelist in their home.
The sermon for the divine service was based on Matthew 25: 21 “His Lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” A lesson on faithfulness was elaborated on with the elements of faithfulness being pointed out.
The choir concluded the divine service with a rendition of “Spirit Alive”. Then it was the turn of the Sunday school children to capture the heart of all the mothers with song.