Hidden Treasures – Language in Worship

Date posted: Monday 16 July 2018

Deacon April Trout is currently serving year-round in Tanzania as our BKB Program Coordinator. Beginning as a Lenten Discipline, she now looks for 'Hidden Treasures' in her day to day life, snaps a photo, and shares a brief story. Below is one of her latest finds, a reflection on language in worship written by Bishop Emeritus Mdegella that she found in the resource book for the English Language service at the Iringa Lutheran Cathedral.
Tanzania uses two national languages, namely Kiswahili and English. The two languages are now for the whole Eastern Africa Community.
English unites us with our partners in Africa and around the world. ELCT - Iringa Diocese has decided to inculcate the use of English in every aspect of life and, most of all, the spiritual aspect.
Above all, practice makes perfect; we live in a globe where the world is at our fingertips. We therefore bring to you the English Order of Service to create space for you and us to belong intellectually and spiritually to the Global Village Worship.
Read the Word, Worship, and Praise the Lord. Pray and confess the Lord in the Global Language.
Lord, we adore you now and forever. Amen.
+ Em. Dr. Owdenburg Mdegella.


The Rev. Peter Harrits
Director for Bega Kwa Bega, Assistant to the Bishop