The Baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:13-17)
Sermon preached by Andrew Warmback at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Durban, on Sunday 12 January 2020.
Introduction: Jesus’ baptism and ours
The baptism of Jesus, which we focused on in today’s gospel reading, is a very significant event in Jesus’ life. And in looking at Jesus’ baptism we also think of our own baptism and its implications for us.
Justice through Education
Sermon preached by Gabrielle Wills on Education Sunday 2 February 2020
Thirteen years ago, I was given the opportunity to attend a summer school in the U.S. at the University of Michigan. I was young, single and was asking the Lord a lot of existential questions of purpose: Which country should I call home?; What should I do with my life?
During my 2 month stay, I travelled over to Chicago for a few days, bunking at some friends’ house. One night while praying I saw a hymn book in one of their rooms. I opened it, read the verse on the page I opened. It became clear to me then that the Lord was starting to answer some of my questions. The verse on that page was the same one we read today: Micah6:8.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
What I didn’t know then is that 3 years later, Micah6 would become the name of the NPO I would start to facilitate access to improved educational opportunities for orphaned and vulnerable young girls. I certainly didn’t know then that starting Micah6 would lead me into specialising as an education economist, grappling daily with issues of justice in basic education in South Africa.
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By Revd Dr Andrew Warmback, Rector, St Pauls Anglican Church, Durban. We are unable to gather for worship as usual on a Sunday morning at 7.30 and 9.15.
God of life and love and hope
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God our strength and our redeemer.
Today is the third day of lockdown – a concerted effort is being made by all in South Africa to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
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By Revd. Mduduzi Simphiwe Mathe, St Pauls Anglican Church, Durban.
Today is Palm Sunday every year in our Christian calendar we celebrate this day. It is also a Sunday before Easter. Every year on a Saturday morning here at St Paul’s we meet and make palm crosses for the congregation which are distributed on Palm Sunday. On the actual day we process while singing all glory Laud and Honour praising the redeemer who is King. Unfortunately this year these festivities surrounding this day could not take place. (Click link above or see the sermon on our Facebook Page)