San Diego Harbor
September 22 to October 7, 2013
San Diego, California to Fort Lauderdale Florida
The Policy of the September 22, 2013 Panama Cruise sailing of the Celebrity Millennium Cruise Ship was not to have a designated Chapel/Meditation Room. The Policy was not to hold any type of worship service at all. However, when the Reverend Pastor Rankin from Nova Scotia persisted and offered to lead the service, a room was made available for 1/2 hour on Sunday morning for an interdenominational service. That room was the Cosmos Lounge.
At the entrance to Cosmos Lounge a large colorful 1979 LOVE statue welcomed the worshipers. To them it announced "God's love". The multi blue toned wave patterned carpet of the lounge reminded them of the Sea of Galilee. And looking out the back widows of the lounge the mast on the ship's stern looked like the Cross.
On the second Sunday of the cruise the theme was the "23rd Psalm" and Pastor Rankin made referenced to the sheep in New Zealand, where there are 4 of them for every person. Pastor Rankin was ordained as a Baptist minster in 1958. He has served as a Presbyterian minister for 55 years.
Thank you: To Pastor Rankin for arranging for leading us in worship the two Sundays of the Celebrity Millennium Panama Canal Cruise.
Photos: Taken September and October, 2013 by SW.
Link 1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_(sculpture)