Sunday Worship in Sri Lanka

Sunday Worship in Sri Lanka’s Tea Estate Region

I was pretty much out of pocket for reporting worship sets in November so here’s a one shot catch-up. I was in three different churches in two different nations.

November 4, Hendersonville First United Methodist Church

This was a wonderful communion service and send off. Immediately afterwards I flew out for my Sri Lanka missions trip and wrote these words somewhere over the Atlantic ocean.

“It was a busy day! We had a guest speaker, a missionary family from the Ukraine that runs English camps. Then we observed All Saints Day, and Communion.”

The songs:

A New Anointing (This is The Day)
Glory To God Forever
Mighty To Save

Message: Ukraine Ministry

Poem “Death Is Just  Word” Video by Madison Davis
For this video I composed a simple postscore to accompany the taped reading. I played it live on keyboard during the service.

All Saints Observance
I improvised a piano/bell theme as the names were read with a photo, and candles were lit.

Holy Communion

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
10,000 Reasons


Love Will Hold Us Together

November 11, Assembly of God, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

This was an exciting day. After ministering all week at our worship conference, then a youth conference on Saturday night, we journeyed early in the morning through the …. ahem …. adventurous mountain roads from Hatton to Nuwara Eliya.

It was beautiful and nerve wracking.  Here’s a pic of one waterfall from the drive.

Waterfall Sri Lanka

Waterfall Sri Lanka

When we arrived , the first of three services had already begun. We were ushered immediately to the front of the “English” service and shared two songs. I can’t remember the name of the first, the second was Mighty To Save.

Elliott played the church keyboard while I played guitar and Anna sang. The keys were apparently not tuned to A440, so my guitar sounded ever so annoyingly out of tune. I had to stop playing and just sang harmony.

Then Elliot and I were escorted to the second service, also already in progress in Sinhalese.

We sang Mighty to Save again. Then I preached to the Sinhalese congregation about Putting The First Commandment in First Place.

I concluded my message with a prayer and taught the chorus to A New Anointing / This is The Day. After a couple of repeats, the keyboard player jumped in playing the chord progression and the drum beat spot on. I was impressed!

The third and final service was in Tamil, Elliot preached at that one.

It was beautiful listening to our brothers and sisters singing their own songs in their heart language, whether it was Sinhalese or Tamil. Most songs I did not recognize, however there were one or two older songs I knew. They sang a beautiful version of Michael W. Smith’s Agnus Dei.

[Trip down memory lane] I remember when Michael  introduced Agnus Dei at Belmont Church way back in the day. I remember thinking, what time signature is that? It was such an unusual rhythm.

Then I wrote down the lyrics on my bulletin from the overhead transparencies. Went home and figured out how to play it for our junior high worship that night.

November 18, Hendersonville First United Methodist Church

The songs:

Oh Taste And See


Here I Am  To Worship

The Lords Prayer (Malotte) with Jenny Slate Lee. That was special!

Give Thanks

Hold Us Together


November 25, Christ Community Church, McMinnville TN

It was a beautiful day of worship.


Your Grace Is Enough

10,000 Reasons

Jesus Be The Centre

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