For the crew unable to attend a Sunday morning service off the ship, or for those who just can’t get enough church, the ship holds a service in the International Lounge every Sunday night. This Sunday was a special service meant for all ages…in other words…it was a kid friendly service. Worship consisted of parents and children skipping, walking and jumping around & it was all in different languages. And guess what? I actually knew two of the songs! One of them I knew from French class, and the other one I recalled from singing in both prison and one of our devotions that we have every week with the deck department (the day workers lead worship). It’s kind of fun to be able to worship in a different language than your own.
The message itself was on Noah’s Ark. A widely known Bible story told in the most entertaining way possible. Different people were being called up to the front to act out specific people from the story. One of our surgeons was Noah, and a little boy around the age of 7 played God. Then couples from the ship played Noah’s sons & their wives, and volunteers came up two by two choosing whatever animal they wanted to be. Soon, about half of the people previously sitting in the crowd were part of the sermon. And to add to the excitement, there were four language translations: English, French, Fon & Sign Language…along with funny sound effects which came from one of the day volunteer translators.
Needless to say, many of us were rolling out of our seats, laughing hysterically at our neighbors improvising Noah’s Ark.