Last Day in London

Sunday, April 25, 2010. Our last day in London.

Obert Nkala, a Brethren in Christ minister from Zimbabwe, has started a work in UK called International Brethren in Christ Ministries. He had invited us to attend his church service, so we did so today.

The church is located in Beckton, East London. The group rents a meeting room from St. Marks’ Church and Community Centre, which is a joint venture of Roman Catholics and Anglicans.

For our Brethren in Christ group, Bible study meets at 12:30 PM, and the worship service is at 1:30 PM.

The men of the church sang a song.

Pastor Obert had asked me to give an extended talk about BIC World Missions, so I talked for about 20 minutes.

Pastor Obert gave a message on “God’s Ways,” showing from Scripture that God’s ways are not our ways.

After the service we stayed for a fellowship meal. Then we went on our way to Speakers’ Corner, to join our team members.

In the Underground you see mostly ads, but occasionally you come across something of more substance. Over the heading “Science Poems on the Underground” we saw this from “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your Hand
And Eternity in an hour.

I was impressed and reflected more on the Creator God than on simple science, which obviously is not so simple.

Arriving at the Corner I observed this man speaking passionately but in a language I could not understand.

Our team had just finished their debate and converstions by the time we arrived.

Just outside Speakers’ Corner was this unusual structure.

Do you recognize it? It is a small replica of the Tree of Souls from the movie Avatar. It was here to promote the fact that Avatar was coming out in DVD the next day. The strands coming down from the tree had electronic connections. You could connect your iphone (which I do not have) and choose and play your favorite song. The tree would interact with your iphone and the clear plastic strand would change color as you came closer to the tree.

The marvels of modern communication! And the marvel of the extent of a campaign to invite (lure?) us to buy the most current merchandise!

Our God is exalted above all things and all beings. I was reminded of this in a beautiful and powerful way as I was reading this morning from 1 Timothy 6:15-16, which I rephrase as follows:

You are God, the blessed One, the only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To you be honor and might forever. Amen.

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