Jun 23 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 25 June 2017

REFLECTION FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Jesus speaks to his disciples of the cost of being a disciple and following him. Not only will it not be easy, but Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill soul”. (Word and Worship, Year A: 2016-2017)

Pew Leaflet – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost – June 25.pdf

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Jun 15 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 18 June 2017

BESINNING VIR DIE TWEEDE SONDAG NA PINKSTER

Die verhale in Genesis het almal ‘n besondere openbaringskarakter. Dit help ons om diep na te dink oor die lewe, oor God, oor menswees en oor wat regtig belangrik is in dié lewe. Dit sluit vir ons die betekenis van ons menswees oop en nooi ons uit om op die belangrike dinge te konsentreer. Genesis 18 wys vir ons hoe gasvryheid ‘n sleutel is tot ‘n diep verhouding met God, ‘n herstelde verhouding met mekaar en ‘n lewensveranderende verhouding met die wêreld. Gasvryheid is nie maar ‘n toevallige ding wat sommige kan doen en ander kan nalaat nie. Dit het nie net met jou persoonlikheid te make nie, maar met die diepste dele van jou menswees. (Woord en Fees 2016/2017)

Pew Leaflet – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost – June 18.pdf

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Jun 09 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 11 June 2017

This year the focus of Trinity Sunday is on two complementary themes. In the first, we are called to recognize and open ourselves to the work of the Triune God in creation – in the act of creating, in revealing God’s self to humanity, and in empowering humanity to participate with God in the care of the universe. In the second theme we are called to recognize the uniting, community-creating work of the God who is, within God’s self, a Triune community. Both themes… lead us to recognition of the connectedness of all things, and of God’s presence and life in all things. (Sacredise Lectionary Resources)

Pew Leaflet – Trinity Sunday – June 11.pdf

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Jun 02 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 02 June 2017

REFLECTION FOR PENTECOST

Pentecost is the moment in which Jesus “passes the mantle” on to us. Pentecost is a gift, but it is also a preparation, an empowering, for the work ahead. We will encounter many people whom we would not naturally be able to love. We will confront many aspects of ourselves that we would rather deny than heal. But, we do not have to deal with these issues alone. The gift of the Spirit empowers us to find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. The Spirit fills us with the love of Christ and enables us to reach out even to our enemies. And the Spirit reveals what needs to change in us, and brings God’s healing and transforming grace into our lives. What an amazing gift this is! (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Pentecost – June 4.pdf

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May 26 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 28 May 2017

REFLECTION FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Reflection: How can you choose to find life by being united with God and with other God-seekers today? Practice for Today: The practice of gathering with other believers for worship is a profound way to live out Jesus’ prayer. In our worship we are united with God, and our hearts are captured by God’s values and priorities. But, we are also united with those who worship with us, and we learn to become one people of God. Make every effort to attend a service of worship today. Breath-Prayer for Today: As I worship you, O God, make me one with you, and with my sisters and brothers in Christ. (Sacredise Daily Worship)

Pew Leaflet – Easter A7 – May 28.pdf

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May 19 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 21 May 2017

The ability to recognize God’s Spirit is not about being a spectator. We don’t just “see” the Spirit” we are invited to “receive” the Spirit – to be filled by God’s presence and power. This is why Jesus promised the disciples that they would not be left as orphans, but that they would see him and live in him. This is true for us today – we also see Jesus and live in him when we learn to abide in the Spirit’s presence. And, as we live in Christ, so we begin to live as Christ – obeying God’s command to love as Jesus did, and revealing Christ to one another and to our world. What signs of the Spirit’s presence can you see in your life today? (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Easter A6 – May 21.pdf

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May 12 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 14 May 2017

REFLECTION FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

If following Christ is seen as a way to avoid suffering and struggle, we will deeply disappointed by the message of this week’s Lectionary readings. Those who followed Jesus, faced persecution, accusation and suffering. The gift of this week is the assurance that, even as we face suffering, our lives are in God’s hands, and, if we will entrust ourselves to God’s care, we will find peace and will be partners in God’s work in our world. This is not the message of ease and of guarantees of the “good life” that we might hope for. But, it is something much better. It is an assurance that as we live in this world and experience its pain, along with all people, we are partners with God, and we have the confidence that our lives and their ultimate destiny are in God’s hands. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Easter A4 – May 14.pdf

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May 05 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 7 May 2017

Jesus… seems to mix his metaphors, referring to himself as both the shepherd and the gate through which the shepherd leads the sheep to pasture. There is a good reason for these two images. As the door, Jesus both protects the sheep from thieves and predators, and provides a way to shelter and food. As shepherd, Jesus was willing to give his life for the sheep, and was concerned for their welfare… As we interact with others – both our companions in the faith and those who are outside of faith communities – we have to choose how we will treat them. We can either act as gatekeepers who block their way to God’s grace and love, or we can be doorways that make it easy for others to connect with God’s life. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – Easter A4 – May 07.pdf

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Apr 28 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 30 April 2017

Many people today are following their own version of the Emmaus road. They are walking in disappointment. They are walking away from hope. For many this involves walking away from the church. It’s striking that Jesus begins with a question: ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’(17) Luke captures the drama of it. ‘They stood still, their faces downcast’ (17). They’re walking along the road, but they have to stop, stand still, pause before they can begin. Jesus gives them space to tell their story, to share their pain, to speak their disappointment. We may need to do that as well. The more we understand people’s struggles, the more our message of resurrection will connect with them.

Pew Leaflet – Easter A3 – April 30.pdf

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Apr 21 2017

Pew Leaflet Sunday 23 April

REFLECTION FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

We often focus on Thomas’s doubting of Jesus in this passage. But that’s not the focus of the writer of John’s gospel. Nor is it the focus of Jesus. Both the Gospel writer and Jesus focus on Thomas’s journey to faith. We may be tempted to consider Jesus’ last words to Thomas as a rebuke, but rather than making a negative statement about the disciple, the writer is celebrating his readers – those who have believed without having seen. This does not mean Thomas was bad because he had seen. It just means his journey was different. What Thomas wanted was nothing more than the other disciples had already experienced. They had encountered the risen Christ and he longed for the same. He yearned for a faith that was real and living and honest, and Jesus gave him what he sought. (Sacredise)

Pew Leaflet – April 23.pdf

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