20161009_144235Consecration Service IELM Bishop Eduardo Sinalo

Maputo, Mozambique Oct. 9, 2016

The consecration service for Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique (IELM) Bishop-elect Eduardo Sinalo was held at the Martin Luther Church in Sommerschield, Maputo on Sunday October 9, 2016.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) Presiding Bishop MM Ditlhale officiated at the consecration assisted by IELM retiring Bishop J. Mabasso and Bishop Emeritus Dr. D. Tswaedi Executive Director of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA).

The service began with a procession into the church led by acolytes followed by evangelists, pastors and bishops.

After the consecration liturgy Bishop Sinalo delivered the sermon based on the Gospel for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, Luke 17:11-19.  “Jews and Samaritans avoided each other and often the sick, such as lepers, were discriminated against and separated from the community.  Jesus came to bring peace and reconciliation.  The lepers were healed by God’s grace. We are called to love and help those in need and to find ways to live together no matter what the situation is.  We need to give thanks and acknowledge the gift of God’s grace and not take it for granted.”

Bishop Sinalo then inducted Rev. A. Macuacua as the new IELM General Secretary with a prayer.

After the offering and Holy Communion invited guests brought fraternal greetings and well wishes from the Council of Churches in Mozambique, The Bible Society, the United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. E. Mungure (LWF Secretary for Africa) on behalf of the LWF Communion Office, Rev. Dr. P. J. Knutson on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Global Mission and Dr. D. Tswaedi on behalf of LUCSA.

After the service the congregation gathered for a celebration meal and the cutting of the cake by Bishop E. Sinalo, Mrs. J. Sinalo and Dr. Mungure.

Report compiled by:

Rev. Dr. P. J. Knutson

ELCA Global Mission: Regional Representative – Southern Africa

Johannesburg

October 11, 2016

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