Revd Dr A Warmback, Rector

Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls 4 July 2020

Dear People of St Paul’s
Greetings in Jesus’ name!

Report from St Pauls Covid Team

While there has been no decision by our diocese about when parishes may reopen services, we are each required to produce a report on our preparations for possible reopening. Thanks to the work of our “Parish Covid Team,” substantial progress has been made on this. We invite you to make input into their draft report to Yolisa Mapasa (yolikobo@telkomsa.net) and Dr Linn Matsebula (linnmatsebula@gmail.com). The report may be found on our website (half way down the page).

Comments received by 11 July will be incorporated into a revised report.

From the Dean/Vicar-General: Sr Sibongile Mbatha RIP 30 June 2020

Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing on of Sister Sibongile Mbatha of the Community of Jesus’ Compassion. I received the news this morning that after a long battle with cancer she has finally been called to eternal service. Please pray for Mother Londiwe and the Sisters of the CJC Community in New Hanover and for the Mbatha family during this very difficult time. May her soul rest in peace and rise in glory with Christ.
Your brother and servant in Christ
The Very Revd Ndabezinhle Sibisi Dean/Vicar-General

Sunday 5th July

This Sunday’s sermon will include a Eucharist and use of the form of “spiritual communion.” The Collect for this Sunday is:

O God our Saviour,
you reveal your salvation through Jesus Christ,
our wisdom and strength:
teach us to shoulder our burdens
and give us the strength to carry each other
as you have carried us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Spiritual Communion

From our Prayer Book, p516: “One who is unable to receive the Sacrament physically may make a spiritual communion, and be certain that Christ comes to him/her in this way as surely as he does in the sacrament.”
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me.
May your body and blood be my food and drink.
May your passion and death be my strength and life.
Jesus, with you by my side enough has been given.
May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross.
Let me not run from the love which you offer
but hold me safe from the forces of evil.
On each of my dyings shed your light and your love.
Keep calling to me until that day comes
when, with your saints, I may praise you forever.
Amen

Archdeaconry Ordinand

The Dean/Vicar-General recently requested the parishes of our eThekwini Central Archdeaconry to assist in the ongoing training of an ordinand, Mr Sabelo Mthimkulu. The offer was accepted. Sabelo will not be appointed to any particular parish but be available to offer his ministry in all the parishes of the archdeaconry.

In this arrangement the financial costs will not borne by one parish only but be shared. Within our archdeaconry Sabelo’s involvement will include exposure to the work of the Missions to Seafearers and working with the youth of the archdeaconry (including the young people of St Martin’s Home for Children) – youth ministry is a particular passion of his.

As our share in Sabelo’s support and training our Parish Council have agreed for Sabelo to stay in flat 3, which has been empty. For this stay there the Diocese will pay us about half of what the rent is worth and in return he will work for St Pauls for about half his time. (His transport, cell phone, data etc will be covered by the Diocese and other parishes in the Archdeaconry.)

This arrangement in the archdeaconry will be in place until Sabelo is ordained. (His ordination by Archbishop Thabo, which was supposed to have taken place a few weeks ago, was delayed by lockdown. A new date for ordinations in the Diocese has not yet been set.)

Lectionary readings for this week

Morning Prayer (MP) and Evening Prayer (EP), Psalm (Ps):

Sunday 5th MP Ps 46 Numbers 27:12-23 Acts 19:11-20
EP Ps 56,57 1 Samuel 14:36-46 Mark 1:14-20
Monday 6th MP Ps 75,76 Numbers 32:1-6, 16-27 Romans 8:26-30
EP Ps 77 1 Samuel 15:1-23 Matthew 22:41-23:12
Tuesday 7th MP Ps 78:1-38 Numbers 35:1-3, 9-15,30-34 Romans 8:31-39
EP Ps 78:39-70 1 Samuel 15:24-35 Matthew 23: 13-26
Wednesday 8th MP Ps 79, 80 Deuteronomy 1: 1-18 Romans 9:1-18
EP Ps 81, 82 1 Samuel 16:1- 13 Matthew 23: 27 – 39
Thursday 9th MP Ps 83,84 Deuteronomy 3:18-28 Romans 9:19-33
EP Ps 85,86 1 Samuel 16:14-17:11 Matthew 24: 1-14
Friday 10th MP Ps 87,88 Deuteronomy 31:7-13, 24-32:4 Romans 10:1-13
EP Ps 89:1-38 1 Samuel 17: 17-30 Matthew 24: 15-31
Saturday 11th MP Ps 89:39-53 Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Romans 10:14-21
EP Ps 90 1 Samuel 17:31-49 Matthew 24:32-51

Birthdays and donations

In addition to the list of those celebrating birthdays this month given last month, please add Oriana Zulu for 31st of this month.
AWF members who have celebrated birthdays this last quarter have made a donation to the church as a form of thanksgiving. Started in the first quarter of this year, we thank them for continuing this tradition.

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. (The St Paul’s banking details are: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426; Bank: FNB.)

Perspectives on the Pandemic

This week Luyanda Gwina continues our series on “Perspectives on the pandemic,” with a contribution entitled “Only LIFE matters now!” It may be found on our website.

Alpha Conference 2020: Evangelism on the digital frontier

Our Diocese has asked parishes to promote this conference. Hosted by Alpha Sub-Saharan Africa, the conference will take place on 10 & 11 July, from 10h00 to 12h30. It is free. It will be exploring the opportunities for evangelism in this season; how to open the digital front door to your church and create an invitational culture; empowering young people to lead; strengthening and supporting marriages in this season, and more. Revd Nicky Gumbel, pioneer of Alpha, and Fr James Mallon, Roman Catholic priest and Alpha international trainer will be joined by Mahlatse Mashua who spoke powerfully at Anglicans Ablaze 2018, and several others. Register at alphaconference.org to secure your digital seat for the conference. For more information or help email africa@alpha.org

Blessing

“May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2)

Yours in Christ
Revd Dr Andrew Warmback
Rector: St Pauls, Durban