Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing–Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle

whitewell choirYesterday Fr Martin Magill visited Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in North Belfast in his weekly exercise of ecumenical tithing. This fits well with a theme of this blog for the past week, which has focused on Pentecostal and charismatic churches in Northern Ireland. 

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle, Belfast

After a very enjoyable meal with my friend “Team Mitch,” Mitch drove to the Tabernacle where I was to worship this Sunday evening.  If the building looked splendid on the outside it looked awesome on the inside.  There were warm hand shakes on the way in. I think five different people shook my hand before I got to my seat.

The 100 strong robed choir were singing away as we took our places and continued to do so until the service began.  I saw at least three cameras around the building which I presume were there to record the service for those no longer able to come to church.  As we waited to start Mitch explained the choir had their own pastor who had overall responsibility for the choir.

Pastor McConnell told us that there were between 1400 and 1500 people in the church for the service – no mean achievement on what was a gloriously sunny evening outside.
After opening hymns, we had announcements of prayer meetings and a Bible study, though I was left uncertain whether the prayer meeting on Friday 12th July was on or not.  When it came to the collection, Pastor McConnell asked people to give generously and to dig deeply.  Looking around the whole complex, it would seem they have been good at that over the years.

After more hymns, Pastor McConnell read the parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10 beginning at verse 25.  He then preached for just under 38 minutes on the parable inviting the congregation to see themselves on the highway of life in need of Christ to journey into eternal life.   Jesus would be the Good Samaritan for those left robbed and wounded on the highway of life.  He described the 7 things the Samaritan did for the wounded traveller and suggested that the Redeemer would do these for the wounded brother or sister.  Pastor McConnell left us in no doubt that he believes the Second Coming of Christ is fast approaching and we need to be ready when Jesus comes again.   He then extended an invitation for people to identify if they were wounded, anxious or needing to be forgiven and he prayed for the 12 people who put up their hands.

Mitch gave me a quick tour of the building which seemed like a 6 star hotel – amazing place.  Afterwards we looked around the youth facility which like the rest of the complex was amazing.

REFLECTIONS

  • As I reflect on this week’s worship experience  it was very clear that Metropolitan Tabernacle has superb buildings and resources and a very well organised way of being Church.
  • It was clear there has been an intensive amount of financial support and fund raising to have made this possible, which leads me to say that to develop Church there needs to be generosity of time, talent and treasure.
  • For the wider Belfast area, it would seem to me the city doesn’t need any more churches but a greater sharing of the resources we already have.

(Image of Whitwell choir sourced on http://www.metropolitan-tabernacle.org)

One Response to Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing–Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle

  1. David (Daud Musa) Pidcock June 2, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Then answered Jesus: “Truly I say to you, that Satan ever seeks to annul the laws of God; and therefore he with his followers, hypocrites and evil-doers, the former with false doctrine, the latter with lewd living, to day have contaminated almost all things, so that scarcely is the truth found. Woe to the hypocrites! for the praises of this world shall turn for them into insults and torments in hell.”

    How will it be for Pastor McConnell, when the second coming of Jesus/Isa Mac Mariyam occurs when he discovers that the True Gospels were consigned to the scrapheap and that both he and his congregation have been following the teachings of the Arch Dissembler and Heresiarch Paul of Tarsus and Athanasius. Our work on the Turin Shroud prove that it is absolutely genuine – however the bad news for Trinitarianists is that the image is that of the transmogrified Judas Iscariot – as predicted in Persher Habakkuk and Psalms and of course the Quran/Koran.

    Barnabas, apostle of Jesus the Nazarene, called Christ, to all them that dwell upon the earth desireth peace and consolation.

    Dearly beloved the great and wonderful God hath during these past days visited us by his prophet Jesus Christ in great mercy of teaching and miracles, by reason whereof many, being deceived of Satan, under presence of piety, are preaching most impious doctrine, calling Jesus son of God, repudiating the circumcision ordained of God for ever, and permitting every unclean meat: among whom also Paul hath been deceived, whereof I speak not without grief; for which cause I am writing that truth which I have seen and heard, in the intercourse that I have had with Jesus, in order that ye may be saved, and not be deceived of Satan and perish in the judgment of God. Therefore beware of every one that preacheth unto you new doctrine contrary to that which I write, that ye may be saved eternally. The great God be with you and guard you from Satan and from every evil. Amen”.

    UNFORTUNATELY MANKIND IS IN MOST THINGS CONTENTIOUS – WITH ERROR CONTINUING TO DELIGHT ITS FOLLOWERS – THEREFORE: ONLY THE TRUTH THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH CAN OR WILL SET US FREE – THEREBY MAKING RECONCILIATION POSSIBLE .
    Peace be with you – Shalom and Salaams
    David Moses Pidcock
    Leader of the Islamic Party of Britain

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