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HOLY 'CUP'

Fellowship Tab worshippers trade Sunday best for football jerseys

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, June 23, 2014    

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YESTERDAY was no ordinary worship day for members of Fellowship Tabernacle in St Andrew.

Instead of the customary 'Sunday best', worshippers — from the pulpit to the pew — were clad in an array of colours and football jerseys to show support for their favourite teams now in action at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The pulpit, too, was decorated with flags of the more prominent teams participating in the football festival, with two mini goals placed at opposite ends to portray the image of an actual football field.

Football jargon was used throughout the service — even in the sermon — as members were given red and yellow cards by the 'referee' (moderator) and other officials for various 'misdemeanours' as they participated in the service. The church also engaged in a World cup trivia game, whereby members were asked World Cup related questions (both past and present) for various prize.

But, yesterday was not only about football. Members of the congregation, who received thunder sticks at the beginning of the service, declared their support for next Sunday's Jamaica CAUSE (Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation) rally, when it was mentioned in the notices.

As a symbol of support, the congregation stood, knocked their thunder sticks and blew their 'vuvuzelas' and whistles in agreement with the purpose of the rally when they were read.

The church's head of communication, Suzette Pitter, emphasised that the rally "will be a stand for strong and healthy families in Jamaica, a stand against the repeal of the buggery law, a stand against the homosexual agenda", among other reasons.

The theme for the rally is 'Straight Without Hate'. To reinforce this theme, Pitter assured the congregation that they "will not be going out on a hate campaign".

"We (Christians) love the sinner, not the sin," she declared.

At the end of the service, Pastor Al Miller endorsed the rally.

"[It is] a stand for righteousness in terms of all areas of our lives," he said.

The rally is scheduled to be held in Half-Way-Tree next Sunday at 5:00 pm. Participants are expected to wear 'Jamaican colours' -- black, green, and gold.

Jamaica CAUSE is a new civil society movement, launched last Wednesday by several churches to address recent issues that have an impact on Jamaica's sovereignty and constitutional freedoms, particularly freedom of conscience, expression and religious liberty.

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