Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls 13 February 2021

Greetings in Jesus’ name!

Ash Wednesday and Lent

We begin our Lenten journey on Wednesday – Ash Wednesday.

As advertised we will hold services on 17 February at 7.00, 13.00 and 18.00.

This Sunday at the service or at another time to the parish office, please return any Palm crosses you may have from the past to make the ash for distribution on Ash Wednesday.

The bible study

Our Lent Course/Bible Study, provided for all Anglican Churches to use on the theme of Gender Based Violence, will be offered over Zoom each Wednesday evening, starting at 18.00.  The first session will be on Wednesday 24 February. We will give details on how anyone can link in.

Tributes

When we published on our website the tributes offered by the MU to two of their members we had a few positive responses.  We will continue this practice of not only putting the photos and dates of birth and death of the deceased  on the Memorium but also a tribute.

Please see the tribute Dennis Trudgeon gave in honour of his mother at the funeral held at St Pauls yesterday.

Denis Hurley Centre

One of our partners, the Denis Hurley Centre, (in providing a free health clinic for our soup kitchen on a Wednesday) have their virtual AGM this weekend.  “This year, our virtual AGM brings together the voices of over 70 people linked to the DHC: service users, staff, patrons, donors, partners, religious leaders and trustees.  There are not many platforms where a homeless man speaks alongside a Cardinal and a Con Court Justice!” I offered some comments by video.

One can join in by Zoom (email us for a Zoom link – deadline 10am on Sat). All is viewable from Saturday morning on their You Tube channel

Vaccines

Discussion, debate about the vaccine programme.  Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has written to Dr Fauci and others about South Africa and the Global South’s access to vaccines on behalf of the People’s Vaccine Campaign.

The SACC have also issued a letter this week about vaccines, again emphasising the need for access to them and dispelling certain myths surrounding them.

The SACC’s dedicated COVID-19 website – gives advice and guidance to in various South African languages, based on researched and verified information on matters COVID-19, including the latest on the vaccine.

Also of value on this site are various resources on mental health, anxiety and depression.

ACSA wishes King Zwelithini a speedy recovery

Earlier this week Archbishop Thabo Makgoba wished King Zwelithini a speedy recovery after his hospitalisation in an intensive care unit. “I have sent a message of Godspeed and an assurance of the prayers of the church to His Majesty,” the Archbishop said today. The King, who has diabetes, was hospitalised to stabilise his glucose levels, Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi has announced. “We wish both the king – and all our parishioners who are ill at this time – a speedy recovery, thinking especially of those with Covid-19 related illnesses. We also express our concern at those affected by storms and floods.”

Provincial Synod

ACSA has brought forward its next meeting of Provincial Synod to 21-24 September this year.

The following theme has been proposed.  Discipleship through Faith, Hope and Love: ACSA acting for a transformed world Outlining the rationale for the theme, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba points to faith, hope and love as key tools drawn from the Pauline corpus upon which to build our discipling, locating our action within ACSA with the goal of transforming the world.

The Archbishop on Racism

Some will find interesting a record of an interview of our Archbishop by the Anglican Journal in Canada on racism.

It includes a reflection on the #BlackLivesMatter campaign in the USA.

Giving

We give thanks to those who have returned their giving envelopes for the past few months. Thanks too to those who are giving into the loose plate collection when they attend services. 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 and donations in this way.   This enables us to continue to pay staff salaries, our assessment and most of our accounts. Please continue to give. (The St Paul’s banking details are: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426; Bank: FNB.)

“With God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban