New Zealanders thank God for chainsaws
June 24, 2002 Posted: 2:28 PM HKT (0628 GMT)
NELSON, New Zealand -- For most New Zealanders, the combination of
chainsaws and Sunday morning usually means being woken at an ungodly
But the tiny farming community of Tapawera, in the remote far north of New
Zealand's South Island, think chainsaws are literally God's gift to humanity.
And last Sunday they gave thanks, in a special church service dedicated to the
About 30 people attended the Tapawera and Districts Community Church's first
service dedicated to the chainsaw, according to the Nelson Evening Mail
Many brought their chainsaws with them, placed them on the altar, and afterwards
performed an impromptu "chainsaw orchestra," complete with Mexican wave.
Church council member Ian Cuthbertson gave thanks to the people who invented
the first chainsaws, those who made them now, "and for people who use
chainsaws for our benefit, farmers and forest workers," the paper reports.
Children were given pictures of chainsaws to color in, which they presented to the
congregation at the end of the service.
One child drew Jesus holding a chainsaw.
Pastor Havell Stephens-Smith said the idea for the service came to him through
God and it said something relevant to the community.