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A New Journey Begins

The Methodist Church in Fiji plans to uplift their spiritual nourishment of the Lakoyani Vou Church of the Methodist Church in Fiji to have a revised hymn book. The president
25 Aug 2015 09:09
A New Journey Begins
Vice president of the Methodist Church in Fiji Apisalome Tudreu (left), and president of the Methodist Church in Fiji Reverend Tevita Banivanua at the Centenary Church in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

The Methodist Church in Fiji plans to uplift their spiritual nourishment of the Lakoyani Vou Church of the Methodist Church in Fiji to have a revised hymn book.

The president of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Tevita Banivanua, said embarking with the Lakoyani Vou Church; the time is here to continue this journey forward with a revised hymn book.

“I believe it is time to work on a revised hymn book as an example of the need for revision, hymn 350 – ‘Turaga na Kalou’ – ‘God save our Gracious Queens’ position in our hymn book and others need to be re – evaluated with the current Fiji situation,” he said.

Reverend Nawadra said there was an attempt in the 1980s where they inserted some choruses (Sere ciri) to be part of the then hymn book but the life of that hymn book was shortened when the church decided to stop printing.

“The church’s big names in composing hymns have come and gone – Raiwalui, Rabukawaqa, Vatu, Vunakece, Masi, Konusi to name a few and there are also the current composers,” he said.

He said the conference marked the first year of the next 50 years of conference – Bose Ko Viti of the people called Methodists in Fiji.

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