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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE SALVATION ARMY 1302-4th AvenueS. Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M CORNEY, JOAN M PIERCE School Worship Service WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD (Affiliated with Ambassador College' SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 to p.m. LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LARGE LECTURE THEATRE 5th Ave. 418th St. South Minister Cecil Maranville, Ph 345-4705 (Collect) Listen to GARNER TED ARMSTRONG ON CFCN RADIO and TELEVISION CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Everyone Welcome FIRST, SECOND and SEVENTH WARDS: 1912 10th Avenue South THIRD and FOURTH WARDS: 28th Street South and Scenic Drive FIFTH and SIXTH WARDS: 2223 6th Avenue 'A' North STUDENT BRANCH: 28th Street South PLEASE PHONE 328-8305 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION __________ Saturday, Augutt LETHBRIDGE BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Church of the Nazarene 9th Ave. South 16th St. Lethbndge Rev. R.G. Deasley 327-4786 Assist. 328-0130 School Worship Service Service Tuesday, Study A Friendly Welcome Awaits You CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Street 327-0709 HAROLD MARTIN Hour Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 11 in Avenue and 24th otree. South Gartke Phone 328-3445 Office; 328-1518 Home Service EVERYONE WELCOME IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Street South PASTOR: PAUL KOESTER Office: 327-4336. Home: 327-3858 Sunday 10.00 Service p.m. Midweek Worship Service Listen to the Lutheran Hour Sunday, a.m. CFAC Calgary THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) CAIIIT AIIPIICTIIirC Corner 4th Avenue and HUUUOMNtO 11th Street South REVEREND L FRANK LEE. B A S T B Rector REVEREND DEREK HOSKIN, L. Th Curate DENNIS WHITELEY. A Mus T C L A R C O. Organist and Choirmaster Communion Eucharist, Senior Choir (Nursery provided) MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, Aug. 22, Communion Thursday, Aug. 22. Communion St. Mary The Virgin Corner 12th St.'C' and 6th Ave. N. Rector: THE AEVEREND CANON ROBERT W. COWAN, B.A., Lth TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 9.30 Eucharist 6.30 p.m Bernard: a.m. Eucharist Bartholomew: a.m. Eucharist p.m. Preparation. Morning Service Evening Service CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor. 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES Pastor. REV T W ROYCROFT Service Service NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH evangelical Church in Canada 10 00 am School 1402 8 Ave. N. Classes for all ages 11 00 am -Worship Service Paator: D. Sipe Message The Conquest EVERYONE IS WELCOME of Temper 7 00 p m Message "The enemies m Can- nan" children's feature. Mondoy thru Friday. Aug 19-23 at 7 p m each evening Uncle Allan and Danny (puppet) EVERYONE IS WELCOME Total immersion One of 70 Jehovah's Witnesses baptised during the sect's convention in Quebec City last weekend gasps for air as he surfaces in waist deep water. The convention attracted members. The new redeemers A little chaff among wheat By TOM TIEDE (Last in a series) NEW YORK (NBA) Jesus once asked his dis- ciples: "Who do men say that I They never fully answered nor has anyone else in the years of Christianity. Theologians and Sunday school tots have debated the question with as many views as participants. He is un- doubtedly different things to different people. Thus it is theoretically possible that one of the new redeemers jetting from auditorium to auditorium in America today really is the Saviour returned or Mohamm- ed reincarnated for that matter, or Vishnu come back, or the second Buddha, Satan or Moses. Who knows7 Nobody. It is faith that allows the real Jesus and so faith can create another Fat. Short. Female, Swinger. Americans have been conjuring up new redeemers for as long as there has been an America. Some New England puritans believed in witches, slaves of the early South believed a black messiah would rescue them and Indians had their shamans. Even children are heralded. A 16-year-old Indian guru, Maharaj Ji, is considered by millions to be the "Perfect Master." Never mind that he has an ulcer, three airplanes and a mother who apparently is the power behind the throne. When his similarly God-like father died in Asia in 1966, the boy stepped forward to claim the throne: "Children of God, why are you weeping? The perfect master never dies. Guru Ma- jaraj Ji is here among you. Recognize him obey him and adore him Since then, 8 million people are said to have receiv- ed and accepted "his knowledge." What is the knowledge? "It is difficult to says one of the guru's publicists. "Recently I was driving across the George Washington Bridge in New York and there was a traffic jam. Everybody around me was furious and fuming, but I began meditating on the guru's thoughts. I was at peace. I was smiling. This is what he has given me, the ability to look for satisfaction." There are legions who say this is poppycock. One gripe is that the new redeemers get most of their recognition, and money, from enthusiastic young people who haven't the experience to see past the mystic eyewash. Cahfornians call such kids "Jesus Boppers" and claim they are fadists at best, delud- ed at worse. "Why is asks a critical Episcopalian priest, "that kids keep giving the guru money even though he owns a Mercedes automobile and countless other expensive baubles? I'll tell you why. Because they haven't enough brains to see the fat little fellow for what he is." The gripe is reasonable enough. Many susceptible children have undergone a process of religious brain washing by some new redemp- tionists. A thriving business has resulted for private detectives who are hired by worried parents to find, recover and refurbish the mental state of their children (One such rescue artist, has been charg- ed with and was recently con- victed of kidnapping.) Many returned children have had to undergo psy- chiatric treatment to accept real life again; a few, ac- cording to reports, are so scarred that readjustment is impossible without a recuperation period in some kind of institution. Besides the worry for affected children, there is the concern that freakish religion, once in high gear, tends to go philosophically and judgmen- tally out of control. A Danish film maker has proposed a flick starring a pornographic Jesus who makes love to Mary Magdalene in a brothel. Magnetic leaders have taken small communal flocks into the sticks where religion is given out in equal doses with sex, drugs and anti- establishment rhetoric. In recent months, appalling news accounts have told of one citizen who was convinced by a redeemer that his desperately ill son did not need medical help (the boy died) and another who went to the grave himself following a deadly religious service that featured snapping poisonous snakes. "Where does this kind of thing asks Dr. Stilson Judah of the Theological Union in Berkeley. His own answer is that anyone today, Tim Leary or another Adolf Hitler, can gather a con- stituency in the name of redemption and fold, bend or mutilate it any way wished. In spite of such dangers, however, much of established religion takes a surprisingly calm and generously under- standing view of the new redeemers and their religions. Establishment officials weed out in their thoughts the obvious frauds, such as the Children of God, and also the obvious opportunists, such as many of the "don't-foreget-to- send-in-your-contnbutions" radio ministers, but give the Jesus Freaks, Eastern religions and even radical anti-progressives high marks. THEOPHILUS _ I WAS PANCING W'TH MY GIRL AND HER FATHER SAW US so-? CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 Ave. S. Donald R Givens Evangelist Sunday: bible Study 10am Worahip: 11 a m and 6pm Wed.: 7 30 p m For information and Home Study Phone: 328-0972 or 328-0855 rvERYONE WELCOME "It's all very says Dr. Jorge Lara Braud of the national Council of Churches, "we must not forget that the living church should be in a continuing process of refor- mation." So, faddish the new ones may be. but says Billy Graham, "It's a fad I welcome." The thinking is that the new religions present a danger, as Lara Braud says, "only to those churches so sick they have no chance of survival anyway." The benefits for all religion, on the other hand, are im- mense. "I believe the new religions are attracting people who had no religious roots says Lara Braud. "Now that people find the ex- perience in the alternative religions, there is the hope that eventually they will dis- cover the same concepts already exist in the establish- ed religions. This is a roun- dabout way of strengthening the whole spiritual industry." And while religion is benefiting, many of the new converts are, too. "I tell you true." says 23-year-old Larry Waters, a member of a New York Hare Krishna sect, "I owe my life to this thing. In the 60s I was so radical I made bombs in a basement, I got into pills and LSD. I was in jail, I quit school you name it Now Waters walks the streets of Manhattan in bald head and saffron robe, "really happy. I mean it, really happy for the first time in my life." And regardless of the strange visions they bring to America (Maharaj Ji claims lie has a third eye) and the odd teachings they expose, the redeemers at least are foster- ng enthusiasm. And these Jays that's preferable to apathy. Praying peasants seek drought end BOMBAY (CP) The citizens of Ramnad county in India's Tamil Nadu province seem to have more faith in their gods and goddesses than in their government. "What has the government done for asked 80-year- old Ramaswami Gounder. "There is no water in the irrigation canals and even the wells are drying up. Only Goddess Anadal can help to improve Ramnad's eco- nomy." The people of Ramnad now have turned to their favorite goddess in a big way. The town of Sri Villiputtur in the county has become the centre of their religious devotion since it has a special temple dedicated to Goddess Andal. Built nearly 700 years ago, the temple is drawing huge crowds of peasants who come with offerings of fruits, flowers, coconuts and honey. Ramaswami Gounder recalls that a six-year-old drought was broken by prayers in the early 1930s. "The British who were ruling us at that time refused to give loans to peasants to deepen their wells. Hundreds of families were on the verge of starvation. We then organized mass prayers and the rains came. It was all because of our Gounder said. One big act of faith the people of Ramnad are carrying out is the renovation of Goddess Andal's ancient wooden chariot in the Sri Villiputtur temple. When the picturesque chariot a magnificent antique piece was taken out in a colorful procession recently, one of its two giant wheels broke away. The chariot leaned on one side dangerously but did not crash down. More than who were pulling the chariot through the town's streets broke into devotional songs when the accident took place. "It was a miracle that Goddess Andal's image was not said Ranganayaki Ammal, wife of a local businessman. She has donated a good dart of her personal jewels to the goddess. Now funds for a new wheel are being raised all over the county. The replacement will cost a lot of money as temple craftsmen are a vanishing group and charge heavy fees. Some leading citizens have appealed for aid from the government's Religious Endowments Board. LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South HOJvIE OF THE SUNSHINE EVANGEL HOUR LISTEN EVERY SUNDAY P.M. CJOC 1220 K C School (Classes for all ages) Worship This Is The Day Which The Lord Hath Made 7'00 of the Billy Graham "FOR PETE'S SAKE" p.m. (Tues.) Prayer and Bible Study p.m. (Friday) Young People's Service V Hearty invitation extended to all and a warm welcome awaits you LETHBRIDGE CATHOLIC CHURCHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10th ST S SATURDAY, Obligation SUNDAY, a.m., a.m.. 12 Noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE S. SATURDAY, Obligation SUNDAY, 8 a.m., a.m a.m.. p.m. Folk Mass Hall ST. PETER ST. PAUL'S (BYZANTINE RITE) CORNER 7th AVE. and 12th ST. 'B' NORTH Sunday, Aug. a m. Only THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: RIGHT REV. N BRUCE McLEOD, Toronto President of Conference: Dr. Nelson R. Mercer Chairman of Presbytery: Rev T Gilchnst- Medicine Hat SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. and 11 m st. s. MINISTERS: Rev Kenneth W MOTIS B Sc B D Rev William Calderwood M A. DIRECTOR OF MUSIC-Mr. Wilfred Woolhouse ORGANIST EMERITUS-Mr A K Rutland SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 11-00 Worship SERMON: "THE DEVIL COULDN'T MAKE HIM DO IT' Rev. William Calderwood McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbndge from 15th Ave S MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Egteren Organist: MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 SERVICE Guest Speakei. Dr. K. V Pob'n FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of 5th Avenue and 13th Street North MINISTER REV KEN JORDAN B A BD Director of Music MRS DOROTHY GLOCK ATCH RMT SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Worship SERMON: "LABELS" SOUTHERN ALBERTA JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH Corner ot 9th Ave. 9th Street North Minister Rev Ben Murata BD SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Japanese joint worship service to be held in Lethbridge ;