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Notices: The notices from the slides for this Sunday are given after the sermon.
Sermon by Revd Dr Andrew Warmback (Luke 11:1-13)
Prayer is vital for us. It is what keeps us going; and often it is what helps us cope with the demands of life. Jesus lived a life of prayer. In the gospels we often find Jesus at prayer, particularly in Luke’s gospel that we read from today. It is in our reading today from Luke 11:1– 13 that Jesus’s disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. And in what we call the Lord’s Prayer Jesus gives them a formula or guidelines of what to pray for – beginning with praise of God, praying for God’s will to be done, praying for our needs and the needs of others, asking for forgiveness and for protection from evil.
So Jesus not only teaches is about prayer but models it in his own life too.
Our Experiences of Prayer
What is your experience of prayer? Has it become a chore that you know you need to do, or does it bring you joy, something you look forward to doing?
What is Prayer?
In today’s gospel Jesus uses a few stories to illustrate the nature of prayer. In the first one we hear about a person who asks his neighbour late at night for bread because of the arrival of an unexpected guest. Persistence in asking leads to success. The second illustration is about parents who would give only what is good to their children who ask them for things. The implication is this: If an imperfect parent gives wholesome gifts to a child that asks how much more God will give to those who ask. The other implication is that in the process God wants to empower we ourselves to act. These are stories about relationships; prayer too is about our relationship with God.
Jesus at Prayer
opened. The Thessalonians are told to “pray without ceasing.” Let us expect great things from both God and ourselves. Let us too always keep in mind that God always knows what is best for us, mindful of Jesus’ prayer in the agony of Gethsemane – “not my will by your will be done.”
Welcome to all and a special welcome to visitors today.
Please join us for tea/coffee after service.
Date of Fete – 29 October: There is a large box near the pulpit to receive items.
Please make your donations there or to the church office.
Clean-up of Sunday School area: We are restarting our Sunday School on Sunday 7 August. One of the areas we use – the ground floor of Church House – is in need of a good clean up. To accomplish this, we invite parishioners to join a work party on Saturday 30 July from 9.00am. If you can please bring a broom, mop or cloth. Any help will be appreciated.
Planned Giving (PG) forms: PG forms are available at the desk. We encourage everyone to be on the PG Scheme. Thanks to all those who have been faithful to their giving.
Receipts for PG are available for collection. Please check your details are correct. In future, we would like to email the receipts.
Home Communion: If you know of any parishioners who are no longer able to attend church services but would like communion at home please inform one of the clergy or the parish office.
Logo designs: Thank you to those who have taken the time to submit designs for a new logo for our church. We will review them and make a decision about the one we will use.
Vicar-General: Bishop Nkosinathi and his wife are in the UK attending the Lambeth Conference. The bishop has appointed the Very Revd Martin Tifflin as Vicar General of the Diocese. All relevant communication is to be directed to Dean Martin during his absence.
Women’s day Service: 7 August 2022
Theme – ‘Hats & Heels’. Come dressed in your finest, with High Tea for all women following the 9:15 am service.
Guest Preacher – Rev. Seipati Ngcobo
Mandisa Gumada – Nominated by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to attend the Lambeth Conference (10 yearly meeting of worldwide Anglican bishops in the UK) to assist with the stewarding programme. While at the conference, Mandisa will also speak at the Eco Bishops’ session on climate change, particularly the floods in KZN. We are proud of her being selected and wish her well. The Conference is from 27 July to 8 August.
Danita Hingston – Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Illinois in Chicago,USA.
Thanks and appreciation
Ibrahim family for providing sandwiches for tea last Sunday.
Needs of the church
- If you have a spare cell phone to donate for use in the Parish office, please speak to one of the Wardens.
- Donations towards the Flower Ministry
- Candles for the altar and for servers. A4 Papers, cleaning products (toilet paper, garbage bags, dishing washing liquid, handy andy, bleach, jik, furniture polish, window cleaner, wax polish for floor)
- Items for soup kitchen
Birthdays –24th to 30th July
26th Lynette Weldon
28th Judith Serafim
29th Thandeka Dludlu; Tarryn Phillips; Irene Pillay
083 693 6745
Asst. Priest Rev Bruce Woolley
079 544 7566
Dr. Egerton Hingston 073 080 4113
Mrs. Yolisa Mapasa
082 435 8170
Alternate Church Warden
Mr. Bheki Shabalala
082 086 9548
Mr. Lethu Mkhize
082 053 9004
Office: 031 3054666 (not in operation)
Giving: You are invited to make a contribution to the ministry and mission of our church by making a donation to the following account: Account Name: St Paul’s Church Account Number: 50854628623 Bank: First National Bank (FNB) Branch Code: 221426