Monthly Archives: Oct 2018
PRAYER FOR PROVINCIAL PRESIDENT ELECTION (Mothers’ Union)
Lord God, We praise you and give thanks
For all the blessings you have showered upon us for the past years as the Provincial MU.
We come before your throne of grace for guidance by the Holy Spirit, as we are preparing for the elections of the new leadership.
We thank you for our dear sisters,
Maria van Staden and Nokuzola Nopece for accepting nominations and for their families.
We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love and keep in the ways of your truth.
We also pray for the delegates who will be bringing the voices of ALL the members,
That they may deliberate and discuss matters that will change the lives of people.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
A SOUTHERN AFRICAN MULTILINGUAL HYMN COLLECTION
Full music edition @ R100
A collection of new and old hymns for the various seasons of the Church year.
also for Morning and evening Prayer, Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination, Weddings, etc. etc.
from the Editor: “it seemed counterproductive to create something which would supplant existing vernacular and imported hymnals which already formed an integral part of mainstream worship. Instead it seemed best to fill the gaps providing existing hymns by local authors that are perhaps not widely available…..This collection in no way claims to represent the fullness of Southern Africa theological, musical, textual and cultural styles. It simply aims to represent aspects of our diverse reality”. .. AJ Bethke
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The 2019 Almanac is now available @ R10 per copy.
contains information on the Church Calendar.
10% discount on 10 or more copies.
Postage – single copies. Folded in envelop + R10.30
Bulk orders with a tracking number + R52.50 postage
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The 2019 Diary is available.
Available in a hard cover only – in red, blue and black
@ R125 each. Size A5
The Diary covers the period from Advent 2018 to December 2019 – includes daily Lectionary reading, information on the Dioceses in the Province, special dates etc.
The Bible and Homosexuality by Bishop David Russell
What is the Spirit saying to the Churches?
Reprinted with permission.
Though the issues discussed affect all Christians, Bishop Russell addresses fellow Anglicans.
“It is important for our growth in the faith and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ that we do in fact become aware and think through issues being debated in our day”. (from the back cover)
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The Lectionary for 2019 is available @ R22 each.
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Orders are sent on receipt of payment.
Your prayers are asked for the following:
- Bishop Elect Dale Arthur Bowers as he prepares to be Consecrated and Enthroned as the Bishop of St Helena on Sunday 11 November 2018.
- For the Revd Zwelidumile Tom; the Revd David Stansbury; the Revd Lulamile Ngesi; the Revd Dr Edward Daniels; the Very Revd Sharon Nell; the Ven Fumanekile Kula; the Very Revd Andrew Hunter and the Very Revd Mark Derry, who will be considered for election as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth at their Elective Assembly, to be held from 5 to 7 December 2018.
- For the Revd Mzukisi Nomatshila; the Revd Canon Mpilisi Capa and the Rt Revd Tsietsi Seleoane, who will be considered for election as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Mzimvubu at their Elective Assembly, to held from 10 to 12 December 2018.
The Ven Horace Arenz
Provincial Executive Officer
Climate change is supercharging the weather. We are seeing an increase in droughts and flooding in different parts of Southern Africa. This Season of Creation let us celebrate the sacredness of water and work for water justice for all.
Download this resource from Green Anglicans…
[Rebecca Malambo – Diocese of Cape Town] St George’s Cathedral choir conductor Jonathan Langenhoven travelled to England with his wife Susan in September 2018 to receive an award from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in recognition for his services to church music.
He was honoured as an associate of the RSCM during a celebration service at Salisbury Cathedral on September 8th. The award was presented to Jonathan by the Rt Revd Nick Holtam, bishop of Salisbury.
Jonathan was one of 9 recipients of the ARSCM award for 2018 and the only recipient from Africa this year. The RSCM is an international organization, with headquarters in the UK, which aims to encourage and support music in churches. It is represented in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Bishop of the North Western Episcopal Area of the Anglican Diocese of Natal, Tsietsi Seleoane, is the new liaison Bishop for Anglicans Ablaze. The event, he said, is a continuation of the Anglican Renewal Ministry that began in the 1970s. “It’s a diverse kind of ministry showing the Anglican life at its best – from extreme Anglo-Catholic to extreme charismatic expressions of our worship, and this is why we want people to see how they can transform their own parishes after being enriched by this renewal ministry in our church”, he said.
“Anglicans Ablaze is about church growth”, said Nonkonzo Xintolo, a priest from the Diocese of Mthatha. “This gives me a chance to mix with other people and learn because you cannot go back home and grow the church unless you grow yourself first.”
Anglicans Ablaze has a special place in the lives of young people because for the most part, it presents an opportunity for them to experience church in a way that’s different from what they experience in their parishes. Jesse Rajee, an 18-year-old Anglican from Cape Town who was attending Anglican Ablaze for the first time.
Photo: Bellah Zulu
“After listening to the experiences of my friends who attended the last conference, I got inspired and knew I also wanted to be attended someday,” he said. “I have been challenged and my goal is to inspire other young people as I have been inspired here.”
Another young Anglican, 17-year-old Levern Luiters, talked of how this experience has impacted her life. “I have heard a lot of good things here that the Lord has done for other people and now I know that he is going to do it for me as well”, she said. “It’s indeed an honour to be here to worship God with people from different churches.”
When more than 2000 people meet in one place for a conference such as this one, the amount of garbage produced can be overwhelming. But the organisers foresaw this and came up with various innovations to minimise the amount of waste produced.
“Instead of single use containers, we have made available over 2000 reusable mugs which has helped us stop about 12,000 plastic containers from being used here,” said the Coordinator of Green Anglicans, Canon Rachel Mash. “We have also made available wooden stirs instead of plastic spoons.”
She added: We have to change people’s theology by emphasising that caring for the environment is a key calling of a Jesus shaped life. You cannot say you care for your neighbour if you don’t care for creation.”
The highlight of the event came from the prolific church planter and keynote speaker for the conference, Archbishop Moon Hing of West Malaysia, the Primate of South East Asia. He gave a moving account of growing up in a Buddhist family in an area where Christianity accounted for less than one per cent of religious affiliation.
Photo: Bellah Zulu
“My family didn’t like it when I converted to Christianity to an extent that they stopped me from speaking to my family about it,” he said. “But after so many years I would like to thank God that I have managed to convert 80 per cent of my family including brothers, sisters and cousins among others to Christianity, and had the privilege of baptising my own mother.”
In an interview with the Anglican Communion News Service, he spoke of the importance of Anglican Ablaze: “There is hunger for Christ everywhere – people need motivation, encouragement and direction, and Anglicans Ablaze offers that opportunity and I pray that it spreads to other regions and the whole of the Anglican world.
“This movement will transform the lives of people and communities and the world will have hope because it’s a reminder that God is our priority in a world which is going in the opposite direction.”
The atmosphere was spirit filled as Anglicans worshipped God in an apparent hunger for transformation and a different kind of experience.
Correction: the original headline of this article incorrectly described Anglicans Ablaze as a youth event. The conference has a youth-track; but is an all-age renewal conference.