Letter from Reverend Andrew to the People of St Paul’s 26 March 2021

This Sunday we begin Holy Week. Our Holy Week and Easter services are set out below. As we still need to be extremely careful we will (willingly) need to comply with any new regulations that may come into force for this period relating to numbers permitted at indoor gatherings. (See the section of “Guidelines” below.)

As usual we will continue to make available the sermons (including the 7 contributions on Good Friday) to our members (and beyond):

Sunday 28 March

7.30 & 9.15 Palm Sunday services (without the procession through Medwood Gardens). We invite you to make your own cross at home (from palm leaves or some other foliage or from paper) to bring to the services. We will have some extra crosses available at the church. (For instructions on how to make a cross .

Monday 29 March to Thursday in Holy Week: Church open for an hour (without services) during these times for personal prayer. (Monday to Wednesday 7.00am, 13.00, 18.00 and on Thursday at 7.00am and 13.00). At each of these times one of the clergy will be present if anyone would like to talk/pray with a cleric.

Maundy Thursday 1 April: 18.00 Eucharist, (without feetwashing), ending with the stripping of the altar

Good Friday 2 April: 12.00 Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross (without Prayers around the Cross or Communion from reserved sacrament) 

Holy Saturday 3 April: 9.00 Cleaning of church (please bring your own cleaning materials). Rehearsal for all those on duty the following day.

Easter Sunday 4 April: 6.00am and 8.30am.

#Durban Holy Week Material (Worship, testimony, mediation and encouragement) has been produced by the Durban Local Ecumenical Action Networks (LEANS) and the Diakonia Ecumenical Good Friday service (a small service by invitation only this year).

All this material will be available to view from Monday 29 March via the DHC website, Facebook page and YouTube channel; there will also be low-data versions for sharing on What’sApp. The encouragement is to wear purple masks during Holy Week.

Bellringing for Isilo

Our bellringing last week made the Sowetan (A correction is that the bells that were rung in the video are of St Paul’s and not St Mary’s)

WATCH | Bellringers strike a muffled note in honour of King Goodwill Zwelithini

Senseless Assault

We have had notice from the Dean/Vicar-General this week: “It is with great shock and sadness that I write to inform you of the senseless assault on the Parents-in-Law of the Revd Lloyd Smith, Mrs Andrea Smith’s Mum Ma and Dad Moggy who were brutally attacked in their home (on a farm) just outside of Warburton late on Friday night. Andrea’s Mum was shot in the face and shoulder and her Dad beaten up. Her Mum is now in Albert Luthuli Hospital and her Dad is with her in Howick. We pray for a speedy recovery for the both of them especially her Mum. Please keep the Revd Lloyd and Andrea Smith and their family in your prayers as they are very traumatized by this act of violence. We pray that the Police will find the perpetrators of this ghastly act!”

Updated Guidelines

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) make available guidelines based on the updated government legislation. They are issued by the Archbishop’s office and must be complied with. Please note that in respect of funerals the following regulations now apply:

The burial or cremation of the deceased MUST take place within five days from the date of death. (An earlier guideline had this as a recommendation)

The number of those attending a funeral is now limited to 50 (unlike 100 for any other service or indoor gathering) The following still apply:

No night vigils are allowed.

No social gatherings to be held in the homes too.

No after tears gatherings, including lunch or tea etc. For the full funeral regulations.

The Approach – taken from ACSA Guidelines

We are all experiencing varying degrees of COVID fatigue, and must not underestimate its impact.
 The need for us to be gentle with both ourselves and each other is greater than before.
 Now more than before, we need to remember that God is with us in all our mountain and valley experiences and is neither punishing us or forsaking us in this time and continues to seek us where we are always.
 Churches are still seen as super spreaders and has been identified as one of the high-risk areas that can accelerate the third wave.
 Extra concern was expressed about Easter Services and the risks that this and the long weekends present.
 People over 65 and those with comorbidities are encouraged to stay home and avoid any physical contact or visiting public spaces unless this is essential.

Communication Sermons will continue to be made available on YouTube; the text of which will also be distributed. For this and other communication, if you do not have access to email, our website, Facebook, or Whatsapp (or a similar messaging service) – on all of which we communicate this same information – please contact the parish office for a printout of our material.

Birthdays and Anniversaries for April

(Please bring to the attention of the office any corrections or omissions)
1 Nkanyezi Mbatha
2 Butch Paul
3 Br Barry Roberts
4 Victoria Molefe
5 Nolonwabo Magudu
7 Kerisa Somusundram, Onika Nsereko
8 Refilwe Molema
10 Chico Okoli
12Anathi Mtshawu
13 Siviwe Tymre
14 Siviwe Nopece
16 Theola Fynn
18 Revd Martin Brower, Brenda Chetty
22 Geeta Somasundram; Nompumelelo Cele
23 Ezra Harilall, Beryl Fynn, Ntokozo Gumeds
24 Nthabiseng Cele
25Neelano Saane
27 Myrtle Ryan, Rosa Ackerman
29 Shannon Bowles
30 Nowazi Blose, Milani Mtshawu
31 Sibahle Blose
Wedding Anniversaries
4 Gugu and Mr Mkhwanazi
16 Sheila and Terry Hutson
20 Egerton and Claudine Hingston
22 Chibuzor and Sindi Udoka
29 Doreen and Tshidi Senoge

Diocesan Prayer Diary for April

Lectionary Readings for April

Thurs 1st MP Ps 102 Jeremiah 20:7 -11 1 Corinthians 10:14-17, 11:27-32
EP Ps 142, 143 Lamentation 2: 10-18 John 17: 1-11, (12-26)
Friday 2nd MP Ps 22 Genesis 22: 1-14 1 Peter 1: 10-20
EP Ps 40, 54 Lamentations 3; 1-9, 19-33 John 19: 38-42
Saturday 3rd MP Ps 88 Job 19: 21-27a Hebrews 4: 1-16
EP Ps 27 Lamentations 3: 37-58 Romans 8: 1-11
Sunday 4th MP 118: 1-2, 14-24 Acts 10:34-43 Mark 16: 1-8
EP Ps 113,117 1 Corinthians 5: 6b-8 Luke 24: 13-49
Monday 5th MP Ps 93, 98 Jonah 2:1-9 1 Corinthians 15: 1-11
EP Ps 66 Exodus 12: 14-27 John 14: 1-14
Tuesday 6th MP Ps 103 Isaiah 30: 18-21 1 Corinthians 15: 12-28
EP Ps 111, 114 Exodus 12: 28-39 John 14: 15-31
Wednesday 7th MP Ps 97, 99 Micah 7: 7-15 1 Corinthians 15: (29)30-41
EP Ps 115 Exodus 12: 40-51 John 15: 1-11
Thursday 8th MP Ps 146, 147 Ezekiel 37: 1-14 1 Corinthians 15: 41-50
EP Ps 148, 149 Exodus 13: 3-10 John 15: 12-27
Friday 9th MP Ps 118 Daniel 12: 1-4, 13 1 Corinthians 15: 51-58
EP Ps 136 Exodus 13:1-2, 11-16 John 16: 1-15
Saturday 10th MP Ps 145 Isaiah 25: 1-9 2 Corinthians 4: 16-5:10
EP Ps 104 Exodus 13: 17-14:4 John 16: 16-33
Sunday 11th MP Ps 111 Isaiah 43: 8-13 1 Peter 2: 2-10
EP Ps 111 Isaiah 26: 1-9, 19 Luke 24: 1-12
Monday 12th MP Ps 50 Daniel 1: 1-21 1 John 1: 1-10
EP Ps 51 Exodus 14: 21-31 John 17: 1-11
Tuesday 13th MP Ps 52, 53, 54 Daniel 2: 1-16 1 John 2: 1-11
EP Ps 55 Exodus 15: 1-12 John 17: 12-19
Wednesday 14th MP Ps 56, 57, 58 Daniel 2:17-30 1 John 2: 12-17
EP Ps 59, 60 Exodus 15:22-16:10 John 17: 20-26
Thursday 15th MP Ps 61, 62 Daniel 2: 31-49 1 John 2: 18-29
EP Ps 63, 64, 65 Exodus 16: 10-21 Luke 3: 1-14
Friday 16th MP Ps 66, 67 Daniel 3: 1-18 1 John 3: 1-10
EP Ps 68 Exodus 16: 22-36 Luke 3: 15-22
Saturday 17th MP Ps 69 Daniel 3: 19-30 1 John 3: 11-18
EP Ps 70, 71 Exodus 17: 1-16 Luke 4: 1-13
Sunday 18th MP Ps 2 Daniel 4: 1-18 1 Peter 4: 7-11
EP Ps 112 Deuteronomy 7: 7-13 Mark 16: 9-18
Monday 19th MP Ps 72 Daniel 4: 19-27 1 John 3: 19- 4:6
EP Ps 73 Exodus 18: 13-27 Luke 4: 14-30
Tuesday 20th MP Ps 74 Daniel 4: 28-37 1 John 4: 7-21
EP Ps 75, 76 Exodus 19: 1-16 Luke 31-37
Wednesday 21st MP Ps 77 Daniel 5: 1-12 1 John 5: 1-12
EP Ps 78:1-38 Exodus 19:16-25 Luke 4: 38-44
Thursday 22nd MP Ps 78:39-70 Daniel 5: 13-30 1 John 5: 13-21
EP Ps 79, 80 Exodus 20: 1-21 Luke 5: 1-11
Friday 23rd MP Ps 81, 82 Daniel 6: 1-15 2 John 1-13
EP Ps 83, 84 Exodus 24: 1-18 Luke 5: 12-26
Saturday 24th MP Ps 85, 86 Daniel 6: 16-28 3 John 1-15
EP Ps 87, 88 Exodus 25: 1-22 Luke 5: 27-39
Sunday 25th MP Ps 30 Wisdom 1: 1-15 1 Peter 5: 1-11
EP Ps 113 Ezekiel 34: 11-22 John 10: 22-30
Monday 26th MP Ps 89: 1-38 Wisdom 1:16-2:11, 21-24 Colossians 1: 1-14
EP Ps 89: 39-53 Exodus 32: 1-20 Luke 6: 1-11
Tuesday 27th MP Ps 90 Wisdom 3: 1-9 Colossians 1:15-23
EP Ps 91 Exodus 32: 21-35 Luke 6: 12-26
Wednesday 28th MP Ps 92, 93 Wisdom 4:16-5:8 Colossians 1:24-2:7
EP Ps 94 Exodus 33:1-23 Luke 6: 27-38
Thurs 29th MP Ps (95)96, 97 Wisdom 5:9-23 Colossians 2: 8-23
EP Ps 98, 99,(100),101 Exodus 34: 1-17 Luke 6: 39-49
Friday 30th MP Ps 102 Wisdom 6: 12-23 Colossians 3:1-11
EP Ps 103 Exodus 34: 18-35 Luke 7: 1-17

Diocesan Prayer Diary for April Please see this on our website.

Arrangements in my sabbatical leave (after Easter until the end of June) Revd Sabelo Mthimkhulu will be Deacon- in –Charge in my absence. He will be supported by the church wardens. Please feel free to contact the parish secretary, Sithembile Ngubo, who works each weekday. We congratulate Sithembile on having served 10 years at St Pauls. We thank you for all you contribute to the life of our church.

I leave you with the words from today’s lectionary reading: “ 11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

During this sabbatical leave Alison and I will continue to pray regularly for St Pauls and the people of the parish.

Financial 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. 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.) God bless you. Yours in Christ Revd Dr Andrew Warmback Rector: St Paul’s, Durban Cell: 083