On Sunday the 20th January he preached at the 9:45am service.
Obed Pwirira, Chair of the St Andrew’s Nachingwea Link Committee sends greetings from St Andrew’s Nachingwea to all the Congregation of St Andrew’s Stapleford along with the following description of the carving:
“This piece of wood, from the Ebony tree, Black African Wood has been designed and donated by St Andrew’s Nachingwea Link and engraved by Makonde, carver in Nachingwea, in memory of Michael J. D. Nurse who has been an activer member of Stapleford-Nachingwea Link. To be placed into St Andrew’s Stapleford.
At the top are two hands, one of the whiteman and another of a black/African man, linked together to show the bond of mutual relationship which has been going on for over 30 years now.
The curved like structures on both flanks of the engravement represent the ivory tusks of the elephant, Africa’s largest four-footed, thick skinned animal.
Michael was really big and great in the Stapleford-Nachingwea Link affair.
May Almighty Lord God rest his soul in eternal peace. Amen”
Toward the end of the service the Bishop encouraged all to say the Grace in Swahili. Word by word the congregation followed his lead. All there will remember these words
The Grace in Swahili
Neema ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo
Na pendo la Mungu
Na ushirika wa Roho Mtakatifu
Ukea nasi sote sasa na hata milele
Other pictures taken during the service – click on them to see an enlarged version (pictures courtesy of Brian Ellis and Stephen Lee)