A two-hour worship service on Sunday night is typical at Providentia Baptist Church in Bucharest. Last Sunday night two young children read a poem and recited scripture. A 12-year old boy playing a guitar (as big as he was) played and led us in “Our God is an Awesome God.” Tiger Pennington would preach to our gathering on the Good Samaritan passage.
During the service the pastor read from Revelation 5:11-13 — “…many angels surrounding the throne; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!'” (NRSV)
The majority of the worship time was congregational singing accompanied by a 30-member mandolin orchestra. We sang the English words to familiar hymns and choruses. We stumbled badly pronouncing the Romanian words of songs we did not know.
Toward the end of the service Tyler Tankersley brought greetings from his home church. I brought greetings from CBF churches in America’s Heartland. There is an 8-hour time gap between Bucharest and Missouri. I noted that as we were gathered at Providentia, the Fellowship churches in Missouri were gathering for their morning worship.
For an hour or more I had been blessed by children reading, a youth leading a song, and a mandolin orchestra combined with hearty singing. During that hour I had also been praying for and remembering churches back home.
I testified in those moments of greeting that my heart had been enriched for I was experiencing Revelation 5:11-13 — for in Bucharest and back home “numbered myriads or myriads…singing “Worthy is the Lamb.”