Friday, June 08, 2007

Sanjika Praise and Worship

Yesterday, pentecostal churches went to Sanjika Palace in Blantyre to pay their last respects to the late First Lady Madame Ethel Mutharika. From two to four pm, the funeral hall at Sanjika Palace was filled with singing and clapping hands that characterise praise and worship in pentecostal churches. Praise and Worship was what the visit turned out to be. Almost all the pentecostal church leaders in Blantyre were there. Apostles Stanley Ndovie, Madalitso Mbewe, Felix Zalimba and Timothy Khoviwa came, and so did Bishop Geoffrey Matoga, Pastor Augustine Mgala, Pastor Zacc Kawalala, Bishop Mark Kambalazaza.
Apostle Mbewe was director of ceremonies. Apostle Ndovie read from 2 Corinthians 5: 1-10. George Mkandawire sang a great lamentation which was a medley with his current hit "Ulendo". Then it was singing and singing for the next hour and half.
The mood in the funeral hall changed to one of celebration as the songs rang out. At some point people stood, hands raised in worship, and the bereaved family too could be seen clapping and singing. God was in there!
Sam Maliza, that's the name the Malawi gospel music sector should watch out for. The lad can sing and he sang yesterday. When he took over the microphone to lead the session, the atmosphere changed..the spirit of heaviness departed and there was vibrancy and an uplift in the room.
I enjoyed the praise and was special to me, for Mrs Mutharika was not ordinary person to me..she was dignified and kind...and special!!
It was a good time and one of the military officials in charge in the funeral hall bore testimony saying: "We thank God for the wonderful time. Those that are of opposing view have a problem"
We left at four pm and with huge queues still snaking to the palace for viewing of the late Ethel Mutharika.


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