Sunday Worship with our Egyptian Brothers and Sisters
by Alan Reed
We worshiped this morning with Egyptian brothers and sisters from the Attareen Church in Alexandra, which was established in 1902. Our first song was "Oh Come Let Us Adore Him," a Christmas song for us but one of their worship songs. We were excited to have Kimmy Stokesbary preach the morning message from Romans 8: 28-39. Her message was encouraging – that even though we experience struggles and suffering, God's love remains and through Him, we are more than conquerors. Nothing will ever separate us from God's love.
Afterwards, we visited the Egyptian Catacombs (Kom El-Shaqafa Monuments) and had lunch at the Fish Market, where we enjoyed a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. We had a mid-afternoon visit at the Library of Alexandra. The highlight there was the museum of former President Anwar Sadat. I can still recall the day he was was killed 35 years ago.
We worshiped Sunday evening with our friends at the Ibrahimia Church, which Pastor Michael leads. The people were so warm and loving. Richard Gibbons preached the message from Luke 5: 1-11, where Simon Peter first met Jesus and had no idea how his life would be changed by God calling him to a deep, meaningful relationship with Him. Then we had communion and met with their elders. We also shared dessert and had shawarma (a wonderful Egyptian sandwich)!
It was a blessed day that we all will cherish. We are thankful for the love we share with our new Egyptian brothers and sisters!
"Masa El-Kheir - Good Night!"
Alan Reed for the team