St Paul’s Epistle 30 September 2021

Dear People of St Pauls

As we end our Season of Creation this Sunday we also begin our focus on stewardship.  “What does the Lord require of you?”

Thank you to all who shared in our Heritage Day service last week.  It was wonderful to see people wearing various traditional outfits.  Language-wise, in our services and in the video (in the liturgy, hymns and peace) we had contributions which included isiXhosa, Northern Sotho, Krio (a language Sierra Leone), Luganda (a language of Uganda), isiZulu, Igbo (a language of Nigeria), siSwati and Lingala (a language of the DRC).  There was request that this expression of diversity in language becomes a more regular feature of our services.

Over the last few months we have been taking photos of those who attend the services  to try to maintain a sense of community among the members of St Pauls.  These pictures are then put on our website and placed on the church’s facebook page. The photos from last week’s Sunday services (and previous weeks) may be found under our gallery .

 Covid-19 and Vaccination Presentation

ACSA has requested each parish appoint a vaccine co-ordinator.  Our co-ordinator is Sinazo Mchiza, a nurse by profession, who will make a presentation at our services this Sunday on Covid-19 and vaccinations.

 Weddings for our former assistant priests

Last week Revd Sphamandla Nkabinde got married and next week Revd Mduduzi Mathe is getting married.  We wish God’s blessings on these two former assistant priests of St Pauls and their wives.

 Desmond Tutu at 90 on 7th October

There are various activities planned to celebrate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s 90th birthday next week.  The events include the launch of a book, Ecumenical Encounters with Desmond Mpilo Tutu: Visions for Justice, Dignity, and Peace  at 17.30 on Monday through Zoom (register here.)

Then there is the on-line 11th Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture (at 19.00 on Thursday) with the theme “Speaking truth to power: No future without justice” for which one can register here    It includes inspirational messages of hope from Thuli Madonsela, Graca Machel, Mary Robinson and the Dalai Lama.

Revd Clement Zulu RIP

Retired priest, Revd Clement Zulu, was laid to rest this morning at St Augustine’s, Umlazi.  May his soul rest I peace and rise in gory. We pray too for his widow, Mrs Dudu Zulu and their children and wider family during this time of bereavement.

A Prayer to use for local elections

Creator of all, we come with open hearts to pray for our beloved country as we prepare for the Municipal elections.

Your desire for our country is that we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. We have seen in our recent history the power of Your Spirit which comes to bring good news to the poor and set the oppressed free.

We pray that your desire for South Africa be pressed upon the hearts of each citizen as we discern how to use our votes to bring hope to all who live in South Africa. We pray that those standing for election know the sacred responsibility they hold for all God’s people, remembering especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

We pray for peace throughout the election period: that candidates will not provoke conflict or use disinformation; and that the South African Police Service and the Independent Electoral Commission will act with courage and integrity. May all involved uphold the values of our hard-won democracy by being honest, impartial and accountable.

And lastly, we pray for the strength and wisdom to keep those elected true to their word and campaign promises. May we not hesitate to speak out when we witness dishonesty, injustice, discrimination or any misuse of power. And may we also be quick to support and uphold those decisions that usher in Christ’s love-filled justice in our beloved country. AMEN (By Rev David Barbour, sent to us by the Denis Hurley Centre)

Anglicans Ablaze (6-9 October)

A final reminder of this international on-line conference next week. There are two time slots a day, with the same speakers twice a day. The time slots are 9am and 19:00pm SAST or 7am and 17:00pm GMT over a 4 day period. Although the speakers will be the same, different regions will be hosting the different sessions and leading worship in those different sessions according to the time zone they are in.

How to Register: Zoom Registration Link

Crowd9   Registration Link

A CONFERENCE LINK will be sent to you a few days before the start.

Cost R50

Birthdays and wedding anniversaries for October

We have records for the following birthdays this month.  Please send corrections/additions to the birthday list, as well as wedding anniversaries for the month to the parish office (paulsdbn@mweb.co.za) and we will acknowledge these next week.

Birthdays

2 Wayne Raman

4 Andy Horvath

6 Nelisa Mtolo

7 Thokozani Gwambe, Kenneth Naiker

9 Sbuntus Mahlati

10 Monwabisi Dlamini

13 Athie Maduna

14 Bonga Shozi

15 Terence Pillay

16 Edwin Louis, Nobentungwa Calypso Zwane

17Hazel Clarisse, Molly Sigamoney

18 Chukloudum Okoli, Ben-Paul Onyekaomelu

20 Leandra Koster, Senzo Masuku

22 Yasmin Mahomed Ebrahim

23 Susan Meiring

26 Judo Saane, Mpumelelo Mtshawu, Sesethu Mqoqi, Athina Mahlati,

27 Egerton Hingston

29 Shirley Dickson

30 Isabelle Brooks, Lethu Mkhize

 Wedding Anniversaries for October

7 Grant and Britt Eckersley-Williamson

12 John and Ros Clark

30 Brain and Irene Pillay

 Lectionary readings for October

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

 

Friday 1st     MP Ps 1,2,3   2 Kings 19:1-20       1 Corintians 9:16-27

EP Ps 4,5,6   Hosea 10:1-15          Matthew 8:1-17

Saturday2nd  MP Ps 7,8      2 Kings 19:21-36     1 Corinthians 10:1-13

EP Ps 9          Hosea 11:1-9            Matthew 8:18-27

Sunday 3rd   MP Ps 120        2  Kings 20:1-21     Act 12:1-17

EP   Ps  122,123    Hosea 13:4-14   Luke 7:11-17

Monday 4th   MP 10,11      2 Kings 21:1-18         1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1

EP Ps 12,13,14   Hosea 14:1-9        Matthew 8:28-34

Tuesday 5th   MP Ps 15, 16    2 Kings 22: 1- 13        Corinthians 11:2-22

EP Ps 17        Micah 1:1-9                 Matthew 9:1-8

Wednes 6th   MP Ps 18:1-31   2 Kings 22:14 – 23:3   1 Corinthians 11: 23-34

EP Ps 18: 32-52   Micah 2:1-13           Matthew 9:9-17

Thursday 7th   MP Ps 19, 20,21  2 Kings 23:4-25       1 Corinthians 12:1-11

EP Ps 22             Micah 3:1-8              Matthew 9:18-26

Frid8th      MP Ps 23, 24   2 Kings 23:36-24:17  1 Corinthians 12: 12-26

EP Ps 25       Micah 3:9-4:5                 Matthew 9: 27-34

Saturday 9th   MP Ps 26,27    Jeremiah 35:1-19          1 Corinthians 12: 27-13:3

EP Ps 28,29,30    Micah 5:1-4, 10-15   Matthew 9:35-10:4

Sunday 10th    MP Ps  124, 125    Jeremiah 36:1-10    Acts 14:8-18

EP Ps  126,127,128    Micah 6:1-8        Luke 7:36-60

Monday 11th    MP Ps 31   Jeremiah 36: 11-26            1 Corinthians 13:(1-3)4-13

EP Ps 32, 33    Micah 7:1-7                  Matthew 10:5-15

Tuesday 12th   MP Ps  34    Jeremiah 36: 27-37:2       1 Corinthians 14:1-12

EP Ps 35    Jonah 1:1-17a                     Matthew 10:16-23

Wednesday 13th MP Ps 36   Jeremiah 37:3-21            1 Corinthians 14:13-25

EP Ps 37:1-20   Jonah 1:17-2:10           Matthew 10:24-33

Thurday14th   MP Ps 37: 21- 41   Jeremiah 38:1-13   1 Corinthians 14:26-40

EP Ps 38    Jonah 3:1-4:11                    Matthew 10:34-42

Friday 15th MPPs 39   Jeremiah 38:14-28                   1 Corinthians 15:1-11

EP Ps 40,41  Ecclesiasticus 1:1-20       Matthew 11:1-6

Saturday 16th   MP Ps 42,43   2 Kings 25:8-12, 22-30  1 Corinthians 15:12-29

EP Ps 44    Ecclesiasticus 3:17-31          Matthew 11:7-15

Sunday 17th     MP   Ps 129    Jeremiah 29:1(2-3) 4-14   Acts 16: 6-15

EP   Ps 133,135   Ecclesiasticus 4:1-10    Luke 10:1-12,17-20

Monday 18th   MP Ps 45,46    Jeremiah 44:1-14             1 Corinthians 15:30-41

EP   Ps 47,48    Ecclesiasticus 4:20-5:7    Matthew 11:16-24

Tuesday 19th   MP Ps 49     Lamentations 1:1-12            1 Corinthians 15:41-50

EP Ps  50    Ecclesiasticus 6:5-17            Matthew 11:25-30

Wed 20th              MP Ps  51   Lamentations 2:8-15             1 Corinthians 15:51-58

EP Ps 52,53,54  Ecclesiasticus 7:4-14     Matthew 12:1-14

Thursday 21st   MP Ps 55   Ezra 1:1-11                             1 Corinthians 16:1-9

EP Ps 56, 57 58 Ecclesiasticus 10: 1-18   Matthew 12: 15-21

Friday 22nd       MP Ps  59,60   Ezra 3:1-13                        1 Corinthians 16:10-24

EP Ps 61,62   Ecclesiasticus 11:2-20        Matthew 12:22-32

Saturday 23rd  MP Ps 63,64,65  Ezra 4:7,11-24                Philemon 1-15

EP Ps 66, 67   Ecclesiasticus 15:9-20       Matthew 12:33-42

Sunday 24th     MP Ps 130,131  Haggai 1:1-2:9                Acts 18:24-19:7

EP Ps 136,137  Ecclesiasticus 18:19-33    Luke 10:25-37

Monday 25th       MP Ps 68     Zechariah 1:7-17              Revelation 1:4-20

EP Ps  69      Ecclesiasticus 19:4-17         Matthew 12:43-50

Tuesday 26th     MP Ps 70,71   Ezra 5:1-17                        Revelation 4:1-11

EP Ps 72   Ecclesiasticus 24:1-12            Matthew 13:1-9

Wednesday 27th MP Ps 73   Ezra 6:1-22                            Revelation 5:1-10

EP Ps 74    Ecclesiasticus 28:13-26           Matthew 13:10-17

Thursday 28th     MP Ps 75,76    Nehemiah 1:1-11              Revelation 5:11-6:11

EP Ps  77  Ecclesiaticus 31:12-18(19-24),25-32:2    Matthew 13:18-33

Fri 29th MPPs 78:1-38 Nehemiah 2:1-20  Revelation 6:12-7:4

EP Ps 78:39-70 Ecclesiasticus 34:1-8(9-17)18-22  Matthew13:24-30

Sat 30th      MP Ps 79,80 Nehemiah 4:1-23 Revelation 7(4-8)9-17

EP Ps 81,82 Ecclesiasticus 35:1-17     Matthew 13:31-35

Sun 31st      MP 138 Nehemiah 5:1-19  Act 20:7-12

EP 34  Isaiah 40:27-31  Revelation 19:1,4-10

                                              

Diocesan Prayer Diary for October

Download here

https://www.stpaulsdurban.org.za/prayer-diary-october-2021/

 

Financial Giving

Thank you for your faithful giving.  A reminder of St Paul’s bank account details: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426; Bank: FNB.)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban