Sunday 20 February 2022 will go down as a fable for the archives as Cranborne’s usual normal service transformed itself into a thing of beauty and great historical folklore in a matter of hours.

The known template of the day was the second coming of award winning popular evangelist Chaplin Christine Phiri back to Cranborne for a second bite of the cherry after opening 2022 for us perfectly with a Seasonal sermon themed “Namata Urinde”

She was back again on Sunday, with another great Word which she spoke about the “power of partnerships” (Exodus 17 vs 8-16).

She stressed on the need for the laity and the church to support each other for the ministry to thrive, for a common unity of purpose.

The sermon was good. So did the atmosphere inside the sanctuary which witnessed one of its best attendances for a long time inside this global pandemic mode.

The church got some great news 24 hours earlier of the impending visit of the resident Bishop for the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa to the church.

That was not all.

He was going to be in the company of the North Katanga Episcopal Area Bishop Mande Muyombo all the way from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is not everyday when the church hosts two important dignitaries at one go and credit indeed goes to Connectional Ministries who put quite a splendid show of preparedness for a seismic moment of history.

Also present was the Harare East District Superintendent Reverend Oscar Nyasha Mukahanana and Amai and the district lay leader Mr Maxwell Mironga and his wife Anesu , who is also the conference’s RRW Secretary.

Area RRW President Mai Greater Nhiwatiwa also graced the occasion.

In his alloted time, the Bishop paid tribute to the church for standing firm and resolute against the invinsible scourge of COVID 19, continuing to aim for higher ground and urged the church never to panic as the world battles the pandemic.

Bishop Muyombo thrilled the audience as he greeted the church in Shona, himself being an alumni of Africa University and expressed delight to be worshipping with the church.

To match the historic nature of the event, music was provided by the reigning district and conference men’s fellowship music champions Cranborne MUMC Choir who keep the church including the Bishops on their toes with their well thought music selection.

In a month drenched in history as Cranborne celebrates 33 years of existence, it had to take a moment like this to bring an after party feeling to the church as it continues to make its mark.

If there was a day that happiness filtered through naturally, it had to be Sunday.

Bishop Nhiwatiwa, Bishop Muyombo, DS Rev Mukahanana and Chaplin Phiri under one roof.

Simply sensational! Pure holy grace!

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