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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
  Stinky Worship II: how it went...
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On Friday I posted requesting help with ideas for Sunday's service (the first in our missionary society self-denial programme) I needed to make one small room at church smell really bad.

I had several really good suggestions on the blog. I was not convinced church incense could really be called "stinky" - in my youth I spent a fine Easter at Mirfield and got to appreciate scented worship! In the end I did not have time to search the $2 shops for Stephen's "fart bombs" - I wasn't sure anyway how some of the congregation would respond ;-)

And then... I remembered seeing Durian for sale frozen in the local Chinese supermarket. (While there is apparently a World Durian Festival, most sources warn that this fruit is banned on Asian Airlines because of its smell like "rotting flesh".)

So we set up four prayer stations:
Feedback was mixed, one anonymous critic was heard to say "If we have much more worship like this I'm going to another church!" to which a deacon replied "I'll give you a lift!" On the other hand several people mentioned that they found these prayers more "real" than often when we pray for others, and that even if not realistic, sharing a bit how others feel, smell, hear helped them pray.

The sermon included the line that "Take up your cross" (Matt 10:38) does not mean we lean against it hoping for sympathy! These ideas were all based on Tranzsend's always excellent Self Denial pack.

I hope that we manage to generate even more interest and money this year than last :)


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