People of St Paul’s 12 March 2021

Greetings in Jesus’ name!

I start with the very sad news we received.  As St Pauls we offer our condolences along with those expressed in the following message from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba: “Condolences to the Zulu Royal Family

Your Majesty Queen Thandekile, 

Your Royal Highnesses, 

to the whole Royal Family and indeed to the Zulu Nation: 

On my own and my family’s behalf, and on behalf of the bishops, clergy and people of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, I convey our deepest and heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu.

As Christians we can be assured that after an epic reign of half a century, His Majesty is now safely with his Maker, who is God of the living and the dead. We know also that His Majesty is now reunited with his royal ancestors who have fought bravely over the centuries to bring our nation to where it is today.

May each one of you be comforted by the God who loves us all, even in your bereavement. May his dear soul rest in peace and rise in glory.

Bayede!”

Holy Week and Easter

We will give information about our services next week.  We will again follow the Anglican Church’s Protocols in performing these services.

Xenophobia

Durban has again recently experienced violence against foreign nationals and the destruction of their property.  This is totally unacceptable.  We encourage our city leaders to urgently ensure that all the residents of our city are protected by the law enforcement officers.  We continue our collection for the families of those who have been prevented from trading.  The goods are distributed through Refugee Social Services.  Thanks to Jabu Sithole for her recent donation of food stuffs.

The following was issued by the Dean/Vicar-General today:

“We condemn xenophobic violence in the strongest possible terms.

We are greatly disturbed by rising tensions between South Africans and foreign nationals in our communities. The Covid pandemic has played havoc with the South African economy, businesses are struggling, unemployment is rising and competition for scarce financial resources is increasing. Fighting for resources so that the strong overpower the weak comes naturally to human nature.

However, this is not the way of Jesus Christ, who became powerless for our sake and showed us another way to create one new humanity in him. Scripture generally takes a high view of extending hospitality to foreigners and has some wonderful examples for us to look to. We also have the beautiful example of hospitality being extended to South Africans in exile during Apartheid when many South Africans found themselves as foreigners. We should therefore remember that South Africans were once foreigners and were treated with respect.

We cannot condone intimidation, bullying or violence against foreigners in any way or form. We urge all parishes throughout the Diocese of Natal to be places that foreigners feel safe in. Remember a parish is not simply the church building, but the whole area around the church or chapelry that makes up a parish. We urge you to be good neighbours who stand up for their foreign neighbours, to love and care for them and show the one new humanity that is made possible in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

RIP  Lynda Carol Palazzo

Some of you remember Carol as a member of this church.  Her father, Revd Jimmy Draper, is a former rector of St Pauls.

Her brother, Revd Prof Jonathan Draper asked me to bring to the attention of the parish her passing earlier this month:  “It is with sadness that I need to inform you that my sister, Lynda Carol Palazzo nee Draper died peacefully in her sleep last night, after a long and painful battle with Parkinson’s Disease and later Alzheimer’s.

I know it is a long time since she left South Africa with her family and moved to Bollington near Macclesfield in UK, but she and her family were for nearly two decades staunch members of St. Paul’s Church in Durban. She and her boys sang in the choir. She is survived by her husband, Giovanni Palazzo, and four sons, Ubaldo, Francesco, Alessandro and Marco.

It pains me that I cannot be there for her funeral in Bollington near Macclesfield, but it is impossible. Her main literary achievement, for those interested, was her book on Christina Rossetti: Christina Rossetti’s Feminist Theology (Cross-Currents in Religion and Culture, London: Palgrave, 2002).”

We have had notice from the Dean/Vicar-General about the recent passing on of the following:

Mr Vusimuzi Nkosi the eldest brother of Archdeacon Amos Nkosi who passed on at Standerton Hospital in Mpumalanga Province.

Mrs Mariah Fray (aged 96), the mother of the Revd Canon John Fray, a retired Priest at the Parish of Sydenham, St John-with-St Raphael.

Arts and the Church – Sinqobangaye Sibisi

Recently St Paul’s choir member, Sinqobangaye recorded part of a new song on the church premises.  He wrote the following to express his approach to his music.

Arts and platforms of creatives as we know it has better known seen and displayed so beautifully under the environment of the church. It has opened up doors for great confidence and submission in order to take talent and introduce it to the rest of the world. All talents in particular order, as we see them today, started in the church, were developed in the church for the Glory of God and for the healing of the people.

It is said in the scriptures that instrumentation was a great gift to the people like David, Jubal, son of Lamech and Adam, as mentioned in Hab 3, Genesis 4:21, 1 Ch 15:24, 16:6 , 1 Kings 4:32 , 1 Samuel 16:23 2 Samuel 6:5 2 Samuel 23:1 and many more. It is no secret that the church played a crucial role in developing talent for the Glory of God as an instrument to bring peace to the people and also to artistically present gifts to the house of the Lord.

It has no doubt come to great realization that the church is central and curator of talent for reasons of worship and to culturally lay significant praises to God. It could be in celebration, mourning, remembrance, thanksgiving and more.

This goes to prove that before talent was ever presented to the world it started at the church. As a result we have seen our elders in their youthful days participate in activities that give central praise to God in particular order. From the Choir to playing of instruments and all types of showcases. It normally feels much more safer and secure to do this for God as other people will unlikely feel much more fonder in doing it for the world.

As COVID-19 has hit we have experienced so much disconnection in presenting our talents to the church even particularly for the youth. There is so much vibrance that is captured in the expression of arts in the church by the young people. It had become a home for them for a great artistic showcase and that at this moment seems to have been broken down.

Unlike anyone who can be discouraged by this but this is also an essential time to showcase any of our talents to the church for people who largely engage in webinars.  To take to the church a gift of hope and restoration during this hard time. To engage in more creative ways of still using our talents for the Glory of God during this time.

As a result I am devoted to taking this opportunity to shoot a part of my new music video in the church. To give hope to the youth and to show them it is Okay to involve the house of the Lord in your craft. It will come by great inspiration to young people and others to do such. Opening doors to think more creatively in the space of this time that threatens our livelihoods and for them to think outside of the box in this time that we are in.  Amen.

 Synod of Bishops

As is customary, the Synod of Bishops issue a communique after each of their meetings, giving the highlights of their discussions and decisions made.  The following was issues after their meeting last month.  They supported an “end to oil drilling in Namibia”

Lent Bible Study Course: Wednesdays (17th and 24th March)  at 18.00

All welcome. Just click this link for each week    Meeting ID: 848 4572 7007    Passcode: LentCourse  For the link to the Bible Study course on our website.

 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