Special worship celebrations are a highlight in the church year for KELC. Celebrations for good harvest, special prayers for students before their exams, induction of church elders, and many other events are frequent and important times in the life of the church. Recently we have celebrated two significant events in KELC.
First, in October we celebrated the ordination of a new pastor, as well as the installation of a deacon and an evangelist. Pastor Agnes Chomba was ordained, becoming the 4th woman ordaining in KELC. The worship was filled with singing and dancing, in addition to that traditional order of service for the ordination of a new pastor. Following her ordination, we celebrated the installation of Deacon Simon Chomba and Evangelist Paul Karanja. The service was held in the courtyard of a primary school near Kirinyaga, Kenya. More than 400 people attended the celebration, including hundreds of family members of the celebrants. The celebrating and receiving lines were long, with much joy and congratulating.
After the worship, the newly installed church workers were showered with gifts, garlands, and greetings from all those in attendance. Everyone shared a delicious meal of traditional Kikuyu food. We wish all the newly installed church workers successful and fulfilling service in God’s church.
Second, we celebrated the retirement of one of our pastors. After more than 20 years of service, Reverend Samson Soka will be retiring at the end of 2015. Similarly to the ordination worship, this celebration was filled with singing and dancing. During the worship, 8 choirs offered songs in celebration of Rev. Soka’s retirement celebration. The congregation followed a farewell liturgy and received a sermon from a visiting pastor, Rev. Joyce, from our partner church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
The worship concluded with gift giving and thanksgiving to Rev. Soka from his colleagues, his church members, and all visitors attending the service. Everyone joined in sharing a meal, before returning to their homes. Congratulations to Rev. Soka and thank you for your service to our church.
Special worships are important and valued events in the life of KELC. We rejoice in the opportunity to celebrate together, to lift up the work of new and retiring church workers, and to share in the bounty of friendship, worship, and shared meals that we have received through the love and grace of God.