Enjoying the services at the local Moravian Church in Managua
We’ve been going to the local Moravian church here in Managua, and really enjoy it. They have a great choir and sometimes the music is good too. This gentleman who plays the horn isn’t there all of the time, but when he is I really enjoy his horn playing and his singing. He has one of those basso profundo singing voices. I’ll try to record him singing sometime soon.
If you are interested to know more about the Moravian Church, Wikipedia has an interesting article on them. Their claim to fame is that they are the oldest Protestant denomination and were the first to do large scale Protestant Missionary work.
In addition to the music and singing, I like that at least half of the service is in Miskito, which I don’t understand at all. So it is a nice way to truly meditate on God and enjoy that experience with the brethren in the church and the community that we share.
The other part I like a lot is that they emphasize your own experience and relationship with God and Jesus, not big doctrinaires. They also employ a very communal type of service where community members, visiting pastors, and others get up and say a prayer, sing a song, or read some passages of the Bible. The pastor sort of starts off the proceedings, does a bit of the singing and such, and covers the calendar items. Besides that, he generally gives up the reins during the service and it is a good indicator for me that it is not a dogmatic type of belief that they push. Which I like. A lot!