People of St Paul’s 26 February 2021

Greetings in Jesus’ name!

Lent Bible Study Course

This course started on Wednesday this week.   Thank you to those who joined in.

You are welcome to still join. The course continues at 18.00 on Wednesdays on 3,10,17 & 24 March.

Here is the link for each week   Meeting ID: 848 4572 7007    Passcode: LentCourse

For the link to the Bible Study course on our website.

Ash Wednesday Homily

In his Ash Wednesday homily last week, Archbishop Thabo had the following to say about GBV: “However bad the coronavirus is, at least we know that in time this too shall pass. But Gender-Based Violence, as many people have observed before, is the  “hidden pandemic” of our times. It is a long-running disease which remains deeply embedded in our society and is going to take a lot of effort to root out.

As part of the Province’s declaration of Lent as a time to focus on this issue, a course for Lent 2021 entitled “Living Holy and Healthy Relationships” has been developed. It is available on the Church’s website and I warmly commend it to you.

This Lent, let us recommit ourselves to being restorers and repairs of human dignity as we strive for the common good. By including these eternal values into our daily lives, let us condemn violence against women and children with renewed vigour. Please pray without ceasing for the end of this second pandemic that has taken over our country. Just as we can overcome Covid-19, so too can we overcome this scourge if we dedicate as many resources, both spiritually and through collective action, to ending it.”

 Matric

We congratulate our matrics on their results and wish them well in the next phase of their life.

 Volmoed Youth Leadership Training Course

Some of our young people are in the process of doing this 8 week online course.  We look forward to sharing in the fruit of their learnings.

 Rector on Leave

I will be on leave from 2-5 March.

Ministry to those who are deaf

Some of you will remember Noni Charles.  When I took her funeral last month it was wonderful to see the interpretation that took place for those who are deaf (Mrs Charles had two sons who were deaf).  Other siblings of hers and grandchildren were able to sign as part of the interpretation offered to those who attended.

I was reminded of this when a woman who is deaf came to our 9.15 service this last Sunday.  It made we wonder if we should try to offer interpretation of parts of our service to those who are deaf.  I know some of our parishioners attended signing classes at the Denis Hurley Centre (their café is staffed by people who are deaf; and their tour guide is blind – a great example of the inclusion of people with disabilities) – but not to the level of simultaneous interpretation.  I am not aware of any church in the city that provides this.  Are there any of our members who could offer this?  Or point us to where we could be assisted?

 Birthdays for March

2 Phindile Blose

4 Thobeka Lebenya

8 Sithembile Nzama, Nomfundo Petros, Snenhlanhla Mdhladhla

9 Chidinma Udoka

12 Thembi Dlamini, Warren Marais

13 Kwazikonke Mvuyana

14 Valencia Gushu, Loggie Pillay

15Thandeka Gugushu, Thandekile Gushu, Lorraine Ogle-Davies

17 Kenneth Fynn, Iris Nzuza

18 Toni Alexander

21Nikyle Ebrahim

22 Esona Nsereko

23 Tshidi Senoge, Monica Weber, Breyton Koster

25 Mandisa Gumada, Nosipho Mkhize

27 Chibuzor Udoka

28 Nomaswazi Shongwe, Beryl Philip

29 Jackie Xaba

31Thando Mbadi, Mohato Moshesh, Aphiwe Kubheka

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23 Zama and Mr Ngwenya

 Prayer diary

Please find the link to the March Diocesan Prayer Diary on our website.

 Lectionary readings for March

Monday 1st  MP Ps 37:21-41  Jeremiah 1:11-19   Romans 1:1- 15

EP Ps 38   Genesis 41:46-57   John 4:27-42

Tuesday 2nd MP Ps 39   Jeremiah 2:1-13   Romans 1:16-27

EP Ps 40, 41   Genesis 42: 1-17   John 4:43-54

Wednesday 3rd   MP Ps 42, 43   Jeremiah 3:6-18   Romans 1:28-2:11

EP   Ps 44   Genesis 42:18-28    John 5:1-18

Thursday 4th   MP Ps 45, 46   Jeremiah 4:9-10, 19-28 Romans 2:12-24

EP Ps 47, 48   Genesis 42:29-38    John 5: 19-29

Friday 5th MP Ps 49 Jeremiah 5:1-9 (10-19) Romans 2:25-3:18

EP Ps 50   Genesis 43:1-15    John 5: 30-47

Saturday 6th   MP Ps 51    Jeremiah 5: 20-31   Romans 3: 19-31

EP Ps 52, 53, 54   Genesis 43: 16-34    John 7: 1-13

Sunday 7th MP Ps 119:41-56 Jeremiah 6:9-15 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

EP Ps 84    Ephesians 4:25-32    John 13: 31-35

Monday 8th   MP Ps 55   Jeremiah 7: 1-15   Romans 4: 1-12

EP Ps 56, 57, 58   Genesis 44: 18-34   John 7: 14-36

Tuesday 9th MP Ps 59, 60   Jeremiah 7: 21-34   Romans 4: 13-25

EP Ps 61, 62   Genesis 45: 1-15   John 7: 37-52

Wednesday 10th MP Ps 63, 64, 65   Jeremiah 8: 18-9:6   Romans 5:1-11

EP Ps 66, 67   Genesis 45: 16-28     John 8: 12-20

Thursday 11th    MP Ps 68   Jeremiah 10: 11-24   Romans 5: 12-21

EP Ps 69   Genesis 46: 1-7, 28-34   John 8: 21-32

Friday 12th   MP Ps 70, 71    Jeremiah 11: 1-20   Romans 6:1-11      

EP Ps 72   Genesis 47: 1-26   John 8: 33-47

Saturday 13th MP Ps 73    Jeremiah 13: 1-11   Romans 6: 12-23

EP Ps 74   Genesis 47:27-48:7   John 8: 47-59

Sun 14thMP Ps119:81-96 Jeremiah 14:1-9,17-22 Galatians 4:21-5:1

EP Ps 27: 1-8   2 Corinthians 4:1-6   John 8: 12-20

Monday 15th MP Ps 75, 76   Jeremiah 16: 10-21  Romans 7: 1-12

EP Ps 77   Genesis 49:1-28   John 6: 1-15

Tuesday 16th MP Ps 78:1-38 Jeremiah 17: 19-27 Romans 7:13-25

EP Ps 78: 39-70   Genesis 49:29-50:14   John 6: 16-27

Wed 17thMP Ps 79, 80  Jeremiah 18:1-11 Romans 8: 1-11

EP   Ps 81, 82   Genesis 50: 15-26   John 6: 27-40

Thursday 18th    MP Ps 83, 84     Jeremiah 22: 13-23   Romans 8: 12-27

EP Ps 85, 86    Exodus 1: 1-22   John 6: 41-51

Friday 19th MP Ps 87, 88   Jeremiah 23: 1-8   Romans 8: 28-39

EP Ps 89: 1-38   Exodus 2: 1-22   John 6: 52-59

Saturday 20th    MP Ps 89: 39-53   Jeremiah 23: 9-15   Romans 9: 1-18

EP Ps 90    Exodus 2:23-3:15    John 6: 60-71

Sun 21   MP Ps 119:145-160  Jeremiah 23: 16-32 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

EP Ps 119:9-16   Isaiah 43: 8-13   John 12: 27-36

Monday 22nd MP Ps 91   Jeremiah 24: 1-10   Romans 9: 19-33

EP Ps 92, 93    Exodus 4: 10-31   John 9: 1-17

Tuesday 23rd MP Ps 94   Jeremiah 25: 8-17   Romans 10: 1-13

EP Ps (95), 96, 97   Exodus 5: 1-6:1   John 9: 18-41

  Wed 24thMP Ps 98, 99,(100), 101 Jeremiah 25:30-38 Romans10:14-21

EP Ps 102     Exodus 7: 8-24    John 10: 1-18

Thursday 25th   MP Ps 103   Jeremiah 26: 1-16   Romans 11: 1-12

EP Ps 104      Exodus 7: 25-8:19   John 10: 19-42

Fri 26th   MP Ps 105: 1-22   Jeremiah 29:1, 4-13   Romans 11: 13-24

EP Ps 105: 23-45    Exodus 9: 13-35   John 11: 1-27

or 12:1-10

Sat 27th   MP Ps 106:1-24    Jeremiah 31: 27-34   Romans 11: 25-36

EP Ps 106: 25-50   Exodus 10:21-11:8   John 11:28-44 or 12:37-50

  Sunday 28th   MP Ps 61   Zechariah 9:9-12   1 Timothy 6:12-16

EP Ps 10:1-2, 13-20    2 Samuel 13: 1-22   John 12: 20-36

Mon 29th  MP Ps 51 Jeremiah 12:1-17 Philippians 3:1- 14

EP Ps 69:1-23 Lamentations 1:1-12 John 12:9-19

Tues 30thMP Ps 6,12 Jeremiah 15:10-21Philippians 3:15-21

EP Ps 94   Lamentations 1:17-22   John 12; 20-26

Wed 31st MP Ps 55 Jeremiah17:5-10,14-17 Philippians 4:1-13

EP Ps 74   Lamentations 2:1-9   John 12: 27-36

Financial Giving

Some of you did not get the opportunity to renew your financial giving for 2021.  If you are able to attend services forms will be available there for you to fill in.

Otherwise you can access the Planned Giving form on our website. It can be emailed to the “Parish Recorder” at paulsdbn@mweb.co.za.

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.)

 

“ We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban