Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls 5 September 2020

Greetings in Jesus’ name during this Season of Creation, Youth Month (in the Province of Southern Africa and Heritage Month!

Sunday 6 September

Our preacher this morning is Revd Dr Rachel Mash, an Anglican priest from Cape Town, who heads up Green Anglicans in Southern Africa and works closely with Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya of Swaziland, who heads up the Anglican Communion Environment Network.

This Sunday we again offer a short service via Zoom, starting at 9.00am.  You are all welcome to join it.  It will consist of some music, a reading, the sermon and prayer.   The link to join is here:

Meeting ID: 346 565 3658  Passcode: P8a  You can join from 8.50am.

Season of Creation

We at St Pauls join in the international ecumenically observed Season of Creation from 1 September – 4 October (when we remember St Francis) provided for in our lectionary.

There are many resources in this area which we will be sharing, for those who wish to read further.  You are invited to share any creative contributions such as poems, prayers or your thoughts/reflections with us on the theme of celebrating God’s good creation and our responsibility towards it.

I share some, you may want to explore – they contain devotional, bible study and other material:

Services going forward

We are grateful to our parish Covid Team who continue to work on preparations for our return to services in church.  The Parish Council will make a decision on when this would be possible.

To guide us in this reopening process we will soon distribute a form asking members to indicate if they wish to return to services in church and when they would be comfortable doing this.

RIP: Lloyd Smith Jnr

The Dean/Vicar-General has informed us of another sad death among clergy families” “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Revd Lloyd Smith’s son, Lloyd Jnr [3 September]. We hold Revd Lloyd, his wife Andrea and their daughter Jessica in our prayers as we entrust Lloyd Jnr into the arms of our loving God.  May he rest now in peace.”

Retirement of Sherwin David

The Diocesan Secretary has announced the following: “Mr Sherwin David, our Finance Manager, has retired from the Diocese of Natal as of 31 August 2020. On behalf of the Diocese as a whole, we thank Mr David for all his work and valuable contributions to the Diocese of Natal.  His service in the Finance Department and in the life of the Diocese is appreciated by the Diocesan family.”  We wish David and Claudette, our members, God’s blessings in this new phase of their life.

Diocesan Prayer Diary 

A copy of the Prayer Diary for September may be accessed on our website.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Please add the following birthday for September to the list given last week:

9th Bomi Nomlala

Invitation to the Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture 7 October

We have received the following invitation: “Vanessa Nakate (Uganda) and Greta Thunberg (Sweden) will be digitally attending the Desmond Tutu peace Lecture on the 7th of October.  You can register here.

Launch of ACSA’s Children’s Ministry by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on 11 September

Following the initiative of Growing the Church and Anglicans Ablaze Youth ministry (for 13 years upward) they are now launching “a “Children’s Ministry” for the 5 to 12 year olds, beginning with an intake of 100 children. The intention was not only to care for, and minister to children, but also to provide equipping for parents, Sunday School Teachers and clergy in the finer details of what it means to raise children who will become life-long disciples of Jesus.”   Time: 11 September, 2020 @ 10h00 – 12h30.  (This will be repeated on the 12th – same time.)  Join Zoom Meeting. To register in advance for this meeting, click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. There is no charge.  Zoom can only take 1000 people.

You can also participate on Facebook

Corruption

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of statements from church bodies and leaders about corruption.  Read Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s “Three Biblically-based Challenges to Corruption”

Giving

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.)

Words of Jesus

Ask, and you will receive.

Seek, and you will find.

Knock and the door will be opened to you.

(Matthew 7:7)

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban