Dec 09

Pew Leaflet Sunday 11 December 2016

REFLECTION FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Among the Lectionary readings this week we find a promise from Isaiah of God’s restoration for God’s people, Mary’s song of faith and justice, John the Baptiser’s doubts about Jesus, and a call from James for the believers to be patient in suffering. What a fascinating mix! The message is clear, though. Doubts, struggles and suffering will come, but we have a choice about our response. We can allow

our doubts to get the better of us and lead us to miss God’s way, or we can affirm our faith, participate in God’s mission, and allow hope, faith and joy to sustain us.

(Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Dec 11.pdf

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Dec 05

Christmas Services 2016

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Dec 02

Pew Leaflet Sunday 4 Dec 2016

REFLECTION FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Notice two things about John’s message to the religious leaders. Firstly, he told them that it was not enough for them to be “children of Abraham”. Their human ancestry and their position in the religious community did not automatically mean that they were participants in God’s Reign. In the same way, it is not our family, or church, or religious affiliation that makes us part of God’s Reign. Secondly, he told them that they would need God’s power, and the refining work of God’s Spirit to cleanse and equip them to live this new way. We need exactly the same empowerment from God. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Dec 4.pdf

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Nov 29

Season of Advent 2016

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It was Pope Gregory 1 [590-604] who settled the Season of Advent of four Sundays with a very clear emphasis on the Christian hope of the Coming of Christ. Benard of Clairvaux [d. 1153] summarises the theology of the Seasons of Advent as the three comings of Christ, past, present and future. ’In the first, Christ was our redemption; in the last he will appear as our life; in the middle coming, he is our rest and our consolation’.  It has also been suggested that one cannot fully understand Jesus’ birth without first understanding that he is Saviour and Lord.

Advent Sunday marks the beginning of the Liturgical Year. The Season includes the four Sundays before Christmas, which will fix the date of the First Sunday of Advent between 27 November and 3 December. This year Advent Sunday falls on the 27 November.

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The liturgical Colour for the season of Advent is purple.

 About the Readings for the Sundays of Advent

The four Sundays of Advent follow the individual themes:

First Sunday                       Dramatic fulfilment of God’s plan for the world

Isaiah 2: 1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24: 36-44

Second Sunday                 John the Baptist ushers in the new age

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72: 1-7; 20-21; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3: 1-12

Third Sunday                      The inter-relationship between John and Jesus

Isaiah 35: 1-10; Psalm 146:5-12; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11

Fourth Sunday                   The annunciation to Joseph and Mary

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7,17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1: 18-25

 The first two Sundays focus our attention on the second coming of Jesus as our hope, and in the prophesies of the First Covenant. The second two Sundays remind us of the preparations God made for Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem in fulfilment of those prophecies. We are reminded that we live in the between times, the now of our salvation and the not yet of its complete fulfilment. The themes are those of hope and expectation for both the first and second coming of Christ. They challenge us reconsider and engage with the Word and Liturgy the revelation of Christ’s time in the midst of our time. We begin the year praying together about the end of history.

 [The Anglican Church of South Africa. 2016. Lectionary Advent 2016- Advent 2017 Year A].

 

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Nov 25

Pew Leaflet Sunday 27 November 2016

REFLECTION FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

In too many ways the life of Christians and their churches simply reflects the values and beliefs of the societies around us. To look at us you wouldn’t know that we wait for a different world, and hold out the hope of peace and justice. If we really lived our faith in the coming of Christ, we would live the kind of life that demonstrates what we believe the world will one day be. This means we must embrace a life of simple, daily justice – reducing our personal carbon footprints through modesty and simplicity; bringing peace through the practices of forgiveness, negotiation and listening; seeking justice through serving those in need and challenging injustice wherever we find it in our communities. In addition we need to develop the habit of readiness – looking for every coming of Christ into our lives and world, and noticing and proclaiming the presence of Christ whenever we can. If we can do this, we become the fulfilment of the prophecies in this week’s readings. In what way can you seek to be a quiet, but prophetic community through this Advent season? (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Nov 27.pdf

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Nov 18

Pew leaflet Sunday 20 November 2017

Today as a Church, we conclude our liturgical year and celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. The Gospel we proclaim shows the great mystery of our faith: In the moment of his crucifixion, Jesus is shown to be King and Savior of all. Luke’s Gospel has been loaded with surprises: the poor are rich, sinners find salvation, the Kingdom of God is found in our midst. Here we see the greatest surprise of all. We are confronted with the crucified Jesus, whom faith tells us is King and Savior of all. The irony is that the inscription placed on the cross, perhaps in mockery, contains the profoundest of truth. As the leaders jeer, the thief crucified by his side recognizes Jesus as Messiah and King, and finds salvation. Jesus is King, but not the kind of king we might have imagined or expected. His kingship was hidden from many of his contemporaries, but those who had the eyes of faith were able to see. As modern disciples of Jesus, we, too, struggle at times to recognize Jesus as King. Today’s Gospel invites us to make our own judgment. Who is Jesus to us today? With eyes of faith, we, too, recognize that Jesus, the crucified One, is indeed King and Savior of all.

Pew Leaflet – Nov 20.pdf

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Nov 11

Pew Leaflet Sunday 13th November 2016

The call of the Lord is always to live in the present. Suppose we knew for certain the date that the world was going to end. What would we do differently, except to continue what we are already doing. If the only way we can motivate our people to live a life of goodness is to talk about end times, then they are not motivated at all. If people are following the Lord only because the world is going to end, then they’re not really following the Lord. They are simply trying to avoid disaster. We need lovers, delighters, positive builders – not dour nay sayers. (Richard Rohr: The Good News according to Luke: Spiritual Reflections)

Pew Leaflet – Nov 13.pdf

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Oct 28

Pew Leaflet Sunday 28 October 2016

In the Bible, God’s forgiveness is given before we even know that we need it – that’s the miracle of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, and it is demonstrated in the Zacchaeus story which is the Gospel reading for this week. But, when forgiveness touches our hearts, it automatically leads us into two responses. The first is that we respond in repentance – which simply means to change. We stop doing the destructive things that rob us and others of life, and we embrace a new, life-giving way of behaving, thinking and speaking. The second response is that we begin to extend God’s forgiveness to others, recognizing that as we accept them in Jesus’ name, so God’s Spirit can work healing and transformation in them through us. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Oct 30.pdf

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Oct 21

Pew Leaflet Sunday 23rd October 2016

One of the big challenges for those who have followed Jesus for any length of time is that we can begin to feel like we’ve got everything sorted out. We may begin to think that we have reached some kind of perfection and that we are better than those who do not share our faith. We may even have moments where we believe that God is lucky to have us on "God’s team". If we have ever felt any of these things, however subtly, we are like the Pharisee in Jesus’ story. But, it is the repentant tax collector, so aware of his shortcomings and his need of God’s transforming power, that finds himself connected to God’s presence and grace. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Oct 23.pdf

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Oct 14

Pew Leaflet Sunday 16 October 2016

Ultimately prayer is not about the words we speak. It’s about bringing our entire lives under the Reign of God – which is how we pray without ceasing. When we move away from seeing prayer as a way to manipulate things according to our desires, and embrace it as a way to change ourselves according to God’s desires, our prayers, and our lives, are filled with amazing power. This week we explore what it means to be persistent in bringing our

lives under God’s Reign and turning our whole lives into a prayer. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Oct 16.pdf

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