Dear People of St Paul’s
Greetings in Jesus’ name on the Great Festival of Corpus Christi!
As I mentioned last week, our Ethekwini Central Archdeaconry Corpus Christi service will be available from 18.30 (Thursday). It may also be viewed at any later stage.
The host church is St Aidans. The preacher is Revd Michael Fourie, the Rector of St Thomas’ Church. One of our lay ministers, Jabu Sithole, reads the first reading. The service includes a Eucharist.
From the Archbishop
Last week we gave the statement that Archbishop Thabo Makgoba had made about George Floyd. He issued a further statement on police brutality, which you can find at the end of this letter. Related to this as been a re-examination of racism, including in our various institutions – a matter we need to revisit.
From the Dean
“Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ. It is with great sadness that I inform you of the tragic death of Mrs Nomthandazo Cynthia Sithole the wife of the Revd Sandiso Sithole, Rector of St James Parish, Tongaat. Funeral details to follow. Please pray for Fr Sandiso and his family during this difficult time of bereavement.”
The Collect for this Sunday is:
Holy God, Lord of the Harvest,
you send your labourers to spread the gospel:
call us to this work,
equip us by your Spirit
and send us to proclaim your good news;
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Prayers for those who are not well:
Portia Nodangala – We give thanks to God for Portia’s continued healing – yesterday she was moved from ICU. As her orthopaedic injuries are extensive she has continued to return to theatre for further procedures. Portia has expressed her appreciation and gratitude for your support and prayers for her.
Last week we asked you to pray for Blair Phillip, who had tested positive for Covid-19. Please pray for other members of her household who have also tested positive.
Farewell: Nomsa and George Hlongwane: May God bless you as you move to Gauteng to be nearer your children (and grandchildren). Thank you for your contribution to our parish.
“Perspectives on the Pandemic – This week Linda Zama continues our series on “Perspectives on the pandemic,” with a contribution entitled “An Opportunity We Dare Not Miss”.
“Covid Team”: This Parish team is meeting regularly to look both at the matter of preparing our church for the possible reopening of services as well as preparing ourselves as a church community to cope with the pandemic more broadly. You are welcome to volunteer to be part of the team or one of the subcommittees. Contact the co-ordinators Yolisa Mapasa (082 435 8170) or by Dr Linn Matsebula (079 278 5564 or WhatsApp 0n +268 7623 8823).
Sunday 14 June: After consulting with youth we have invited a clergy couple, Revds Bruce and Buli Sihlali Woolley, to give our sermon this week, being the Sunday nearest 16 June (Youth Day).
Sunday 21 June: We will have a focus on Fathers’ Day
Sunday 28 June: Our annual Music Sunday will be celebrated on this Sunday
In addition to the birthdays for June listed in the letter of 30 May the following parishioners also celebrate their birthdays this month:
11th Aya Mpama
12th Harold Francis
14th Jabu Mpila
15th Tabisa Mpungose
17th Lindiswa Tiya
18th Zamaganga Shozi and Emmie de Billot (a resident of TAFTA Lodge turning 102!)
20th Godfrey Shonga
25th Gugu Manyathi
26th Irene Marchant (a resident of Parkview turning 99)
30th Gillian Moorgas
27th Zithulele and Thembi Mkhize
(According to information received from the Archbishop’s office, the Department of Home Affairs permits the church to perform marriages under level 3 but only the officiant, the couple, and two witnesses may be present. No gathering or reception is allowed after the service.)
Finances: We are grateful to those who have continued to give their Planned Giving directly into the church bank account and to those who have also given loose plate collections in this way. (The St Paul’s banking details are: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426; Bank: FNB.)
Your responses to any of the matters in these communications or any news you may want to share with the rest of the parish are most welcome.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Yours in Christ
Revd Dr Andrew Warmback
Rector: St Pauls, Durban
FROM THE ARCHBISHOP
Message by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Black Lives Matter Silent Vigil, June 7, 2020
We are gathered here because Black Lives Matter, whether in South Africa, the United States, France, Australia or elsewhere.
Our prayers here today have been for Collins Khoza and all those he represents in South Africa who have been killed by forces deployed by the State to enforce lockdown regulations. They have been for George Floyd and all those he represents in the United States, for Adama Traore and all those he represents in France, and for David Dungay, an indigenous Australian who died saying “I can’t breathe”, and all those he represented.
We are here because we are tired….. sick to death….. exhausted…. at the seemingly never-ending struggle that people of colour still face, well into the 21st century, 50 years after the American civil rights struggle, 25 years after the end of political apartheid, to be treated equally by arms of the State. We are here because we protest against the wanton, unnecessary use of violence by police and soldiers who break the laws they are entrusted to uphold and assault protestors of whatever race who declare that Black Lives Matter.
We are shocked at the way in which the SA National Defence Force, with the most rudimentary, inadequate reasoning imaginable, has exonerated its soldiers of any culpability in Mr Khosa’s death, and at the repudiation of their minister’s statement that the matter has not been finalised.
We are shocked at the blatant disrespect for law and order shown by members of the Buffalo, New York police squad, 57 of whom resigned from their unit not because two of their number were implicating in assaulting a 75-year-old man, inflicting head injuries, but because the two were suspended.
In South Africa, when President Ramaphosa announced that he would send law enforcement forces to our communities, he made a clear plea to both the police and the military that this should not be a time for “skiet en donder”. His words have fallen on deaf ears.
In our own backyards, at least 12 people are reported to have died at the hands of the police and army troops. We recognise that investigations are still ongoing, but we are deeply concerned that the plight of our sisters and brothers is going unnoticed and forgotten.
So we pray for and stand in solidarity with the families of the following people: [moment of silence after each name?]
• Collins Khosa, 40, who died in Alexandra, Johannesburg on Good Friday
• Petrus Miggels, 55, who died in Ravensmead, Cape Town on 27 March 2020
• Sibusiso Amos, 40, who died in Vosloorus, Ekhurhuleni on 29 March 2020
• Adane Emmanuel, who died in Isipingo, Durban on 2 April 2020
• Robyn Montsumi, 39, who died in Mowbray police station, 12 April 2020
• And for all others who have been brutalised during the lockdown.
We pray too for the families of the following Americans:
• George Floyd, 46, killed on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Ahmaud Arbery, 25, killed on 23 February 2020 in Glynn County, Georgia
• Breonna Taylor, 26, killed on 13 March 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky
• Atatiana Jefferson, 26, killed on 12 October 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas
• And for all those who have been brutalised in the protests of recent days.
God bless South Africa. God bless Africa and God bless the world.