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God can wait while Sweden plays Germany

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09:23 CEST+02:00
The Vanneberga annual missionary meeting is a renowned outdoor ritual that celebrated its 150th anniversary last year. But on Saturday, one of the four religious services is being pushed aside – because Sweden is still in the World Cup.

"We have moved forward our night's service one hour so that we don't miss the football," said Britt-Marie Kaldéus, pastor at the Mission church in Vinslöv.

"I think it reflects the fact that we are a modern church. It is important to be flexible and to unite different interests."

The Vanneberga annual meeting started in 1855 by the Evangelical Country Foundation fosterlandsstiftelsen.

But more importantly, Sweden will play Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup at 5 pm on Saturday. The match can be viewed on TV4.

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