Holy Week 17 – 24 April 2011

Apr 20, 2011  |  Sunday Letter  |  Comments Off on Holy Week 17 – 24 April 2011

Palm/Passion Sunday Movie (6pm 17 April)
Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood….please note this is age restricted 16LV)

Mon – Meet Pontius Pilate 7pm-8pm
Tue – Meet Mrs Pilate 7pm-8pm
Wed – Meet Joseph of Arimathea 7pm-8pm
Thu – Foot washing / Tenebrae 7pm-8pm

Fri – 10am and Three Hour Service from 12noon-3pm
Sun – 10am service of Resurrection and Baptism

National Water Week 21 – 27 March

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We live on the driest continent in the world. And South Africa is a “dry” land. All SA’s rivers flowing together only equal half of the Zambezi’s water or just less than 1/8th of the Mississippi river.

To show our reverence for this precious source of life we need to act with restraint in our use of water. All of us can do this starting today by reducing the amount of water we use to bath or shower. To collect rain runoff. To use “grey” water (recycling bath water into the garden etc.) this would be a life-giving Lenten commitment.

I read the other day that “most water returns to our oceans within 10 days as rainfall or run-off and is then returned to the clouds by evapourating within 3120 years. It is calculated that every drop of water on earth has been through the entire water cycle 1232 000 times. In other words we have certainly drunk water that has been through the kidneys of many dinosaurs.” Believe it or not?

Manna and Mercy

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I will be in the USA from the 22nd February to the 8th March. I will be at Luther Seminary in Minnesota / Rochester Minnesota / Gulfport Mississippi. For the most part I will be facilitating the wonderfully liberating story of Manna and Mercy – check out www.danielerlander.com for more information.

These Manna and Mercy weekends do nothing less than equip us to change the world. The next one in South Africa will be in Cape Town on the 1st-3rd April 2011.

Covenant Commitment

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At the beginning of every year we renew our Covenant with God:

Beloved in Christ, let us once again claim for ourselves this Covenant which God has made with God’s people, and take upon us the yoke of Christ.

To take Jesus’ yoke upon us means that we are content for him to appoint us our place and work, and himself to be our reward. Christ has many services to be done: some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honour, others bring reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and material interests, others are contrary to both; in some we may please Christ and please ourselves, in others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves. Yet the power to do all these things is given to us in Christ, who strengthens us.

We are no longer our own but yours O God.

I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I fully and freely yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, You are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the Covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.

Harvest Festival 6 February

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In February every year we celebrate Harvest Festival. It is an opportunity for us to bring food that will be given to those most in need. It is also an opportunity for us to make a commitment to be generous. Our reasoning is simple: God is Generous. We are born in God’s image. Therefore we are designed to be Generous.

Just as we should always pray, “Lord make me more loving and truthful,” so we should also pray, “Lord make me more generous”.

The aim of our generosity is to partner God in mending this broken world. This may happen through CMM or any other organization or initiative or individual. Therefore the important fact is not so much where we give, but that we give. I believe every act of generosity anywhere anytime that helps realize God’s dream for the world is a holy act!

I invite you to consider CMM as a further opportunity to be generous so that we may fulfill the dream of God in and through this community. For CMM’s bank details please refer to the Contact tab above.

Prayer for Japan

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Lord God we gather to worship you – creator and sustainer of all that is.
You are the one who spoke light into being – piercing the darkness with hope.
You are the one who raised dry land from the watery depths – setting boundaries for the waves.
You are the one who rooted plants and trees – producing fruit, nuts and shade for all your creatures.
You are the one who fashioned humanity in your image – breathing your breath into our being.

Yet this past week our breath has been taken away as we have witnessed the waters break their boundaries – overrun the land you raised up – dislodging everything in its path – uprooting trees as if they were toothpicks – knocking over houses and buildings as if they were dominoes – sweeping boats in-land and driving vehicles out to sea.

Lord God to watch all of it live on TV, computers or even on our phones, seemed to make it less real. It was like a science fiction movie and yet it was real people being chased by the watery serpent and not Hollywood actors – ordinary people going about ordinary things who were being swallowed up.

And here is our confession Lord – we struggled to feel their pain and hold their trauma for any meaningful length of time. What for us can be little more than a passing news item, is for them a life scaring event. Their lives will forever be marked with the trauma of these last few days.

Lord for some of us there was a relishing fascination towards the destruction we saw. Not able to tear our eyes away – wondering (even hoping?) for something bigger to fall prey to the raging seas. Still others of us had a calm ability to change channels between news broadcasts and the rugby or cricket. Oh Lord and you know that too few of us were moved to our knees in prayerful solidarity. Sometimes it is because we feel tiny in the face of it all – but sometimes it is apathy. Sometimes tragedy like this calls us out of our minute worlds of self-concern while at other times it does not….may this be a time when we are.

And Lord if we have lashed out at you with doubting and questioning tongues – know that it is because we are afraid – we are afraid when chaos seems to reign because we wonder what has happened to you – to your love and to your power. Receive our challenges to your integrity with mercy – see them as our desire to find you in all of what we experience – especially in what we do not understand and cannot control. Forgive those of us who have suggested that this tragedy is to be understood as your selected punishment and move us to see the compassion of your heart that weeps when people anywhere and everywhere weep.

Now Lord from this deathly event that you did not cause we ask that you use to bring forth life. Use it in ways to further your loving purpose in the world and in our lives.
Give to each of us an enlarged appreciation for life.
Give us an ability to hold our own struggles in comparative perspective.
Give us renewed commitments to what matters to you.
Help us to hold our possessions – our houses, cars, telephones and shoes more loosely and our money more generously.
Convict us to care for this planet and to repent of our ongoing abuse and callousness towards your creation.
Move us to pray for those who grieve and suffer and open us to find your home among the suffering that we may be set free once again to praise you. Amen

Healing Brings Faith

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Common wisdom is that faith brings healing. Yet, selflessly giving of ourselves to heal others can breed faith in itself. Not only does Jesus know this, he shows it, too.

Palm Sunday as a Response to Julius Malema

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On the eve of Palm Sunday, the correlations between Julius Malema and Pontius Pilate are startling.

It says something remarkable about how little politics has actually changed. It also says something remarkable about how little civil action must change.

You Get What You Deserve?

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When good things happen to us, is it because we deserve it? When bad things happen to us, is it because we deserve it? Do you get what you deserve?

My Name is Alan…

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Hi, My name is Alan, and I’m addicted to a way of life that kills…

What are you addicted to?