ELCRN celebrates independence and reformation

05 Nov 2017 15:50pm
REHOBOTH, 05 NOV (NAMPA) – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) on Sunday commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran reformation.
In a twofold commemoration, it also celebrated 60 years since the church’s formation out of the work of the Rhenish Mission Church.
The celebrations were held at the ELCRN Paulus Parish in Rehoboth and attended by all six circuits namely Windhoek, Mariental, Keetmanshoop, Usakos, Tsumeb and Otjiwarongo.
It attracted over 1 000 people.
According to retired Pastor Stefanus Tiboth, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia grew out of the work of the Rhenish Missionary Society from Germany, which began working in the area in 1842. The church was constituted in 1957 and named the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South-West Africa (Rheinische Mission). After Namibia gained its independence in 1990, the ELCRN took its present name.
Meanwhile, the ELCRN also celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran reformation, which was similarly celebrated in May by all member churches of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).
The LWF has three member churches in Namibia – ELCRN, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) and the Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (GELC).
The Rehoboth celebrations were attended by President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos.
It started Friday night with a welcoming worship service, while on Saturday a family fun day was held which ended with a gospel show.
The celebrations ended on Sunday with a worship service where congregants received Holy Communion.
Prior to the service, congregants marched from the traffic lights at Woermann Brock to the Paulus Parish dressed in red and white and led by ELCRN Bishop Ernst ||Gamxamub, circuit deans and pastors.
The sermon was delivered by retired Bishop Emeritus Zephania Kameeta, who said faith cannot be sugar-coated, nor can it be manufactured.
Before the closing benediction, all pastors formed a circle and prayed for the Namibian President and Cabinet.
(NAMPA)
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