This past Sunday (March 6, 2016) Pablo and Maria Duran led Hope Chapel’s communion service. They had a wonderful idea–that it would be great to hear multiple languages when the Scripture was read aloud. So they recruited several friends, as you can see below:
Here are the speakers from Right-to-Left, in order of their reading on Sunday:
- The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16a) (English – Maria Duran, from U.S.)
- The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16b) (Portuguese – Martha Breternitz , from Brazil)
- Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (1 Cor. 10:17) (Turkish – John Konacki, from Turkey)
- Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Cor. 12:12) (Kannada – Shirin Naidu, from India). Standing to her right is Avinash Naidu, her husband.
- For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Cor. 12:13) (Spanish – Isabel Marin, from Mexico)
- Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. (1 Cor. 12:14) (Luo – Churchill Ojok, from Uganda)
- Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Cor. 12:27) (English – Pablo Duran, from Chile)
I found the experience to be, well, heavenly. As each read the Scripture in his/her own heart language the words were projected behind them in English, so we could all engage in both the text and the sound.
This was super-appropriate as we approached the Lord’s Table because there will be some from every tribe, tongue, people and nation (Revelation 5:9-14) worshiping the Lamb. One major difference between now and then–we won’t need a translator to understand our brothers and sisters when joined as one around the Throne.