A Lancashire church throws open its doors to people from across the County this weekend as it hosts an ‘International Worship Event’ featuring a well-known guest singer from Pakistan.
St Luke’s Church, Brierfield will be hosting the special event on Saturday, April 1, from 11am and all are invited.
The Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev. Philip North will also attend to help, as he says today, to ‘celebrate the important part people of diverse heritages play in our congregations’.
Christians of all nationalities from all over Lancashire (and even further afield) are expected to make the journey to Burnley to worship God in their own languages and, if they would like to do so, wear their own cultural dress.
Very special guest on Saturday will be Majeed Masih, pictured above, who is a renowned Gospel singer from Pakistan. He will appear alongside choirs of different nationalities.
The event is being coordinated by Rev. Munawar Din and his team from St Lukes and also St Cuthbert’s, Burnley. He said today: “It can be truly inspiring to hear God’s praises sung in different languages but with one voice and as one body of Christ.
“We hope people of all backgrounds can join us for what promises to be a truly wonderful occasion. No booking is necessary – just turn up for a start at 11am.”
Bishop Philip will also be giving a reflection at the event based on 1 Corinthians 12 v12-14 and 25-26). He commented: “This is the latest in a long run of similar initiatives over the past few years in our Diocese and it will be a wonderful way to celebrate the important part people of diverse heritages play in our congregations here in Lancashire.
“I am looking forward to experiencing the rich culture that will be on display at the service … and also having the opportunity to meet and hear Majeed Masih!
“Rev. Munawar’s vocation has been nurtured by our Diocese, and I pray many more clergy and lay leaders from a South Asian background will take the lead in mission and ministry across the County in the coming years.”