St Paul’s Epistle 29 July 2021

Dear People of St Pauls

Services on Sunday

We will resume services at 7.30 and 9.15 this Sunday 1 August.

August is the Month of Compassion and Women’s month.

We need to keep in mind that KZN, especially, is not out of the woods as far as Covid-19 is concerned and we need to continue to be extremely careful.

A reminder that if you attend a service you will need have your temperature and contact details for tracing purposes taken; you will need to sanitise your hands before entering the church and before receiving communion (the bread); the social distance indicated on the seating must be adhered to and that you will need to refrain from singing. (According to Provincial Anglican regulations issued by the Archbishop)

It is not necessary to book to attend a service. In keeping with lockdown regulations no more than 50 people may attend at a time.

We continue to encourage our members to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Aftermath of Looting

We continue to try to make sense of what has happened in our Province and Gauteng a couple of weeks ago.  For some these event have been a challenge to faith.  Where was God in all this?  The looting and destruction have certainly caused distress for many, especially financially.  As a parish we will do what we can to try to assist parishioners who have been hardest hit. We too need to work at the structural injustice of inequality, hunger and poverty which leads to such actions.

Confirmation 2022

As our diocese will be receiving Bishop Nkosinathi soon (see below) we are hoping we can have a confirmation service early next year.  Those who would like to join the confirmation preparation classes, which will be mostly online, are to please inform one of the clergy or to contact the parish office by Friday 6 August.  In keeping with diocesan policy, candidates must be at least turning 15 years of age this year, or older. An Application form may be found on our website.

New Rector for St Faiths

Earlier this month Revd Nkosinami Nkomonde moved to St Faiths from St Katherine, Port Shepstone. We welcome him and his family to our Archdeaconry.

Bishop Elect Natal-Installation and Assumption of Episcopal Duties

We received the following message from the Provincial Executive Officer: “Kindly be informed that the Metropolitan, His Grace The Most Revd Dr Thabo C. Makgoba has prayerfully scheduled the installation of Bishop-Elect Nkosinathi H.C. Ndwandwe as Bishop of Natal for Saturday 11th September, 2021 at 10:30 am.

Bishop Nkosinathi will duly commence episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Natal on 1st September, 2021. Immediately after 11th September, 2021 Bishop Nkosinathi will take compassionate leave or the ‘biblical wilderness leave’ to step back, recoup and plan for some time. Thereafter, he will fully start on 1st October, 2021 respectively.

Please note that it is Archbishop Thabo’s intention that both Vicars General Bellina and Ndabezinhle continue as co-Vicars and lead the Diocese with the Archbishop and Sandra [Madovi the Diocesan Secretary] until Bishop Ndwandwe takes his rightful place. Meanwhile, please pray for the Diocese of Natal and for Bishop Ndwandwe and his family.”

Diocese of Swaziland Elective Assembly

We are asked to pray for the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Swaziland which will be convened on 4 and 5 August to elect a successor to the late Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya, who passed on from Covid-19 complications.  The nominees are the following: The Revd Charles Mhlaba Kunene and the Very Revd Advent Nhlanhla Dlamini.

 Lectionary readings for this next week

Morning Prayer (MP) and Evening Prayer (EP), Psalm (Ps):

Thursday 29th  MP  Ps129,130,131 2 Samuel 4:1-12 Acts 16: 25-40

EP Ps 132, 133, (134)   Judges 4:4-24    Mark 7:1-23

Friday 30th         MP Ps 135        2 Samuel 5:1-12       Acts 17:1-15

EP Ps 136     Judges 5:1-18         Mark 7:24-37

Saturday 31st     MP  Ps 137, 138   2 Samuel 5:22-6:11   Acts 17: 16-34

EP Ps 139     Judges 5: 19-31       Mark 8:1-10

Sunday 1st            MP Ps 73   2 Samuel 6:12-23     Romans 14:7-12

EP Ps 74      Judges 6:1-24      John 1:43-51

Monday 2nd        MP Ps 140, 141, 142    2 Samuel 7:1-17    Acts 18:1-11

EP Ps 143, 144    Judges 6:25-40    Mark 8:11-21

Tuesday 3rd       MP Ps 145        2 Samuel 7:18-29      Acts 18:12-28

EP Ps 1146, 147     Judges 7:1-18    Mark 8:22-33

Wednesday 4th   MP Ps 148, 149, 150     2 Samuel 9:1-13     Acts 19:1-10

EP Ps  1, 2, 3     Judges 7:19-8:12     Mark 8: 34-9:1

Thursday 5th        MP Ps 4, 5, 6   2 Samuel 11: 1-27   Acts 19: 11-20

EP Ps 7, 8   Judges 8: 22-35     Mark 9: 2-13

Friday 6th                   MP Ps 9      2 Samuel 12:1-14    Acts 19: 21-41

EP Ps 10, 11     Judges 9:1-21     Mark 9:14-29

Saturday 7th      MP Ps 12, 13, 14        2 Samuel 12: 15-31     Acts 20:1-16

EP Ps 15, 16         Judges 9:22-25, 50-57      Mark 9: 30-41

Sunday 8th         MP Ps  75         2 Samuel 13:1-22        Romans 15: 1-13

EP Ps 76, 77       Judges 11:1-11, 29-40       John 3: 22-36

Monday 9th        MP Ps 17         2 Samuel 13: 23-39     Acts 20:17-38

EP Ps 18: 1-31      Judges 12: 1-7         Mark 9: 42-50

Tuesday 10th      MP Ps 18: 32-52       2 Samuel 14: 1-20  Acts 21: 1-14

EP Ps 19, 20, 21  Judges 13:1-15    Mark 10:1-16

Wednesday 11th  MP Ps 22        2 Samuel 14: 21-33     Acts 21:15-26

EP Ps 23, 24        Judges 13:15-24          Mark 10: 17-31

Thursday 12th     MP Ps 25      2 Samuel 15: 1-8     Acts 21: 27-36

EP Ps 26, 27       Judges 14: 1-19      Mark 10: 32-45

Friday 13th         MP Ps 28, 29, 30     2 Samuel 15:19-37     Acts 21:37-22:16

EP Ps 31       Judges 14:20-15:20      Mark 10: 46-52

Saturday 14th    MP Ps 32, 33     2 Samuel 16:1-23     Acts 22: 17-29

EP Ps 34    Judges 16: 1-14     Mark 11: 1-11

Sunday 15th       MP Ps 79            2 Samuel 17: 1-23   Galatians 3:6-14

EP Ps 81, 83     Judges 16:15-31      John 5: 30-47

Monday 16th      MP Ps 35      2 Samuel 17: 24-18:8     Acts 22:30-23:11

EP Ps 36         Judges 17: 1-13               Mark 11: 12-26

Tuesday 17th      MP   Ps 37: 1-20     2 Samuel 18: 9-18     Acts 23: 12-24

EP   Ps 37:21-41      Judges 18: 1-15         Mark 11:27-12:12

Wednesday 18th  MP Ps 38      2 Samuel 18: 19-33        Acts 23: 23-35

EP   Ps 39         Judges 18: 16-31       Mark 12: 13-27

Thursday 19th     MP Ps 40, 41     2 Samuel 19: 1-23     Acts 24: 1-23

EP Ps 42, 43      Job 1: 1-22     Mark 12: 28-34

Friday 20th          MP Ps 44       2 Samuel 19: 24-43       Acts 24:24-25:12

EP Ps 45, 46    Job 2: 1-13      Mark 12: 35-44

Saturday 21st         MP Ps 47, 48      2 Samuel 23: 1-7, 13-17     Acts 25: 13-27

EP Ps 49         Job 3: 1-26         Mark 13: 1-13

Sunday 22nd         MP Ps 84      2 Samuel 24: 1-2, 10-25       Galatians 3:23-4:7

EP Ps 86, 87         Job 4: 1-21          John 8: 12-20

onday 23rd       MP Ps 50      1 Kings 1:5-31      Acts 26: 1-23

EP Ps 51      Job 5: 1-27       Mark 13: 14-27

Tuesday 24th      MP Ps 52, 53, 54    1 Kings 1:38-2:4     Act 26:24-27:8

EP Ps 55       Job 6: 1-21      Mark 13: 28- 37

Wednesday 25th   MP Ps 56, 57, 58      1 Kings 3:1-15     Acts 27: 9-26

EP Ps 59, 60     Job 7: 1-21      Mark 14: 1-11

Thursday 26th     MP Ps 61, 62       1 Kings 3: 16-28         Acts 27: 27-44

EP Ps 63, 64, 65      Job 8: 1-10, 20-22       Mark 14: 12-26

Friday 27th          MP Ps 66, 67   1 Kings 5:1-6:1, 7    Acts 28: 1-16

EP Ps  68         Job 9: 1-15, 32-35     Mark 14: 27-42

Saturday 28th      MP Ps 69        1 Kings 7:51-8:21     Acts 28: 17-31

EP Ps 70, 71    Job 10: 1-22               Mark 14: 43-52

Sun 29th MP Ps 90  1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40) 1Timothy 4:7b-16

EP Ps 91, 92    Job 11: 1-20    John 8: 47-59

Monday 30th      MP Ps 72      2 Chronicles 6:32-7:7  James 2: 1-13

EP Ps 73     Job 12: 1-25     Mark 14: 53-65                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tuesday 31st       MP Ps 74       1 Kings 8:65-9:9    James 2: 14-26

EP Ps 75, 76      Job 13: 1-28     Mark 14: 66-72

Birthdays for August

We have records for the following birthdays and anniversaries this month.  Please send corrections/additions to the parish office (paulsdbn@mweb.co.za)

4 Wimbayi Chasaya, Okechukwu Ugokwe

5 Dianne Cele

7 Sharlene Samual

8 Revd Sabelo Mthimkhulu

9 Scottie Norkie

10 Futhi Shozi

12 Joseph Amonyo

15 Sharlen Samual, Hlobisile Sithole, Lungani Mhlamdhla and Mlungisi

Mdhladhla, Jabu Sithole

17 Brenda Phakathi

18 Uche Duru

20 Jaryd Laban

21Sindi Udoka

22 Luthando Masondo

23 Manelisi Gugushe, Zithulele Mkhize

28 Sakhile Masango, Owethu Tawuzeni

31 Yolisa Mapasa, Wendy Madondo

Wedding Anniversaries for August

4 Kenneth and Beryl Finn

10 Colin and Bronwyn Amien

12 Andrew and Alison Warmback

20 Uche and Natasha Duru

The Diocesan Prayer Diary for August

This may be accessed here.

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. (The St Paul’s banking details are: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426;  Bank: FNB.)

In this ongoing Covid era we encourage parishioners to give through debit order and EFT’s rather than by cash, if at all possible.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban