We meet Youth at Stanford Lake College on Friday Evenings for a vibrant and fun Christian Youth Group. This is a great new venue as we were meeting in the Church Lapa, which was getting a bit tight! We are currently running Youth Alpha, an up to date series filmed in Canada. Alpha was first designed and led by Nicky Gumble and his team at Holy Trinity Brompton (London). Youth Alpha is fun and informative with lots of place for questions and discussion.
St Pauls United is currently proving funds for 23 food parcels for distribution to the most-needy families in the local Maribe-Thema/Segwashi/Spitzkop communities. The local Catholic church is also providing funding for 5 additional food parcels making a total of 28. The food parcels are purchased and delivered by Thusanang Trust on the second Thursday of each month.
Our annual St Paul’s Church Picnic will take place on Sunday 22 July at Cheerio Gardens starting at 12:30. Join us for a great day of fellowship and sharing.
Dear family of St Paul’s,
In his “To a mouse” Robert Burns wrote ‘The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry’ (slightly translated from the Scots dialect). In fact that is precisely what has happened in the last few months here at St Paul’s.
The joke of it of course is that “I” had such wonderful and best laid plans only to find that the Lord had other ideas for me. With the sudden onset of my illness and hospitalisation in May I found myself unable to follow through with the things that I was trying to do and initially that filled me with some dismay at letting you as a family down. However I believe that our Lord has other plans and perhaps part of His agenda was to get me into a different spiritual space from where I have been.
We recently held a celebration and award evening at Diepgelegen Farm. The group that received certificates have been involved in the Rooted in Jesus course over the past two years, so it was a long haul for them. Susan Elliott and John Wright assisted Rev. Jonathan Meintjes in the training and it has born much fruit. We are wanting to start other farm groups like this and are training the participants of this course to be part of the training team.
“… when Jesus had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas… and Jesus said, ‘What you are going to do do quickly.’ … When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now is the Son of Man glorified.’” John 13:26,27,31,
Yesterday we spoke of the embarrassing “excess” of love and devotion that a woman showed Jesus as he stood at the threshold of his own Passion. For the love that was commended by Jesus in this woman was already a love beyond worldly gift-exchange, a love beyond the ordered negotiation of rational give-and-take.
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of
whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and
my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. 4 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I
seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide
me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the
enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing music to the
Lord. 7 Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “seek
his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
1. We have confidence in God even when faced with any difficulties.
2. We ask God to keep us ever aware of His presence in our lives because this will keep us
victorious over whatever life throws at us.
3. We should continually be seeking a closer walk with God.
Being able to see clearly is not only an issue about safety, but also about our experience of an event. Having said that we have made several modifications to the lighting of the sanctuary and also of the outside of the church.
Dear family of St Paul’s United,
we are rapidly approaching the most important week in the Christian calendar during which, through a series of special events and services, we re-enact the last week of Jesus’ ministry, leading to the cross, his death and finally, on Easter Sunday morning, his resurrection. It is a busy and focused time during which, using various symbols and liturgical forms, we think deeply about not only what Jesus went through, horrific as it was, but also the profound significance that these events have for us, two thousand years later.