With friends in Geneva
Trip Start Sep 15, 2011
26Trip End Oct 21, 2011
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We started our service at 1:00 by singing hymns followed by an opening prayer. I have some greetings, an overview of my trip and some news of the Church. The basket was passed and we gave our offering. Then my father gave the sermon, with me translating every few phrases. He spoke on the meaning of Atonement, and how the world will be transformed by what the day represents.
The French and Swiss members talked about their early years in the Church staring for one in the mid-1960s others in the late 60s, others in the early 80s. They’ve seen a lot over the years and have persevered through thick and thin, which a wonderful testimony to their faith and commitment.
I had a couple of private discussions with a few members who requested them individually. When I came back to the living room where the group was talking, I found several members talking to my father in their English of different skill levels. Everyone was smiling in spite of the language obstacle and they seemed to be having a very good time.
Around mid-afternoon we went our separate ways, so people could rest at home in the late afternoon. Dad and I drove back to the hotel and talked for several hours in the later afternoon.
I chose a restaurant near the display of old canon across from the city museum, and we got a quiet table in the cellar level where we could talk without being disturbed by ambient noise. We both ordered the sliced breast of duck, called in French a magret de canard, which is a favorite of mine and of my wife.
We had hoped to have a walk around the old city after dinner, but it was raining hard enough that we wouldn’t have been able to see well, so we made our way slowly back to the car parked by the river, stopping from time to time under a store overhang to admire the views.
The drive back to the hotel went quickly there is little traffic tonight, and we’ll no doubt not stay up late. If all goes as planned, tomorrow we fly to Berlin.