Nov 30 2018

Pew Leaflet Sunday 2 Dec 2018

REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK:

The first Sunday in Advent always focuses on what we now call the return of Christ. This is to remind us that our world is going somewhere. There is a purpose, a direction and a meaning to the created order, and God is at work to fulfil that purpose – to bring all things into wholeness and unity in Christ. The Christmas celebration, then, is not a "stand-alone" event. The incarnation can only really be understood in terms of God’s saving purpose for all creation…The key word for the Advent season is "watch." God’s Reign is not just something we wait for. Our salvation is not just about going to heaven when we die, or about living until the glorious return of Christ. God’s Reign is always coming to us. Jesus is always being incarnated among us. Our salvation is a reality that we can embrace and experience now. For this reason, we are constantly called to watch, to be mindful and aware of God’s presence and activity among us. We are challenged to respond to God’s Reign as it seeks to enter our lives, and to become messengers who proclaim God’s salvation through our lives and words. This week we explore how we can become watchful followers of Christ.

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Advent C1 – 2 Dec.pdf

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Nov 23 2018

Pew Leaflet Sunday 25 November 2018

REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK:

This last Sunday of the Liturgical Calendar always focuses on the Reign of Christ and seeks to remind us that Christ is a Monarch, but of a very different kind, who rules over a realm of a very different kind…

Through the Scriptures we see a growing awareness of what it means to call Christ "King". In the early parts of the Old Testament, God’s Reign was seen as very much like human empires, but bigger and more powerful. The dominant idea in these passages is that God destroys God’s enemies, and crushes all opposition in order to create a world of justice and peace…

At first glance this language also seems to be about power through dominance and violence, but when we place it alongside the teachings of Jesus, we see a different picture. In Jesus, the Reign of God is revealed to be peaceful, merciful, compassionate and just. Yes, evil is confronted, but always from a place of love for enemies. And, yes, God’s Reign is proclaimed as the ultimate authority that will overcome all others, but not through violence and destruction. Rather, it is through the cross – the sacrificial, serving, loving way of Christ – that God’s Reign floods the world… God’s Reign is a kingdom of power sharing, empowering the weakest and most vulnerable. It is a kingdom in which generosity, compassion, sharing, service and sacrifice for one another are the norm. And it is a realm that exists now, in the midst of our human power systems, and to which everyone is invited.

How can you embrace this “heavenly” kingdom in your own life today?

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Pentecost B27 – 25 Nov.pdf

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Nov 16 2018

Pew Leaflet Sunday 18 November 2018

WOORD VIR HIERDIE WEEK: MARKUS 13:1-8

Jesus het ‘n baie ander siening van die lewe gehad. Toe sy dissipels die grootheid van die tempel, wat gekom het om beide politieke en geestelike krag en rykdom te verteenwoordig, bewonder het, het Jesus hulle dit gewaarsku dat sulke menslike magstelsels sal nie oorleef nie. Die tempel, en diegene wat die mag daarvoor geniet het, sou vernietig word. Mens poog om mag te eis – hetsy deur oorlog of voorgee om groot geestelike leiers (messias) te wees – sal uiteindelik niks bring nie maar vernietiging. Wat duur, is die weg van magtelose vrede wat Jesus geleef en gepreek het So magtig soos die Romeinse Ryk was toe dit die tempel vernietig (soos Jesus voorspel het), kon dit nie die krag van die evangelie weerstaan nie Dit het ‘n paar honderd jaar geneem, maar uiteindelik het liefde en vrede gebly en die Ryk het in duie gestort. Die meeste van ons sal min te doen hê met die magspele van regerings en nasies, behalwe as ons ons stem gebruik om betrokke politieke prosesse te raak. Maar elke dag ervaar ons almal die magsdinamika in ons lewe, ons gesinne en ons gemeenskappe. Hier is waar ons die keuse moet maak om die magspeletjies van die wêreld te weier, of om die "magtelose" vrede van Jesus te beliggaam, te weier om vergelding te doen, om vinnig te vergewe, en vinnig mag met ander te deel.

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Pentecost B26 – 18 Nov.pdf

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Nov 09 2018

Pew Leaflet Sunday 11 November 2018

REFLECTION FOR THIS WEEK

Today’s Gospel reading contrasts two kinds of faith. On the one hand, there are the legal experts of Jesus’ day. They had power and they knew how to use it. They made a display of their wealth and status, and they ordered the world according to their preferences. In the process, they became cold and heartless. Their need to manipulate and control the world meant that they would even oppress and harm those who were poor and vulnerable. The quest for control always does this. It’s hard to show compassion for others when you’re intent on keeping the world at bay. When everything needs to be managed, it becomes very difficult to be open to the unpredictable needs of others.

Then, on the other hand, there is the poor widow. Although she had every reason to try and control what little she had, she didn’t do that. Instead of hoarding her small treasures, she gave freely and generously to God’s work. She didn’t even use the corruption of the religious leaders as an excuse not to give. Instead, she placed her life in God’s hand, knowing that she was unable to control the world, and she kept her heart open to the unpredictable rhythms of life. This did not mean that she would no longer be poor. It simply meant that she refused to allow her poverty to close her heart and rob her of life.

Which kind of faith do you have more of: the “faith” that seeks to control, or the faith that gives and trusts? How can you embrace more of the latter Sacredise Daily Worship

Pentecost B25 – 11 Nov.pdf

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Nov 02 2018

Pew Leaflet Sunday 4 November 2018

WOORD VIR HIERDIE WEEK – MARKUS 12:28-34

Hierdie week val die fokus op die Groot Gebod. Ons ken die woorde van Jesus so goed: "En jy moet die Here jou God liefhê met jou hele hart, jou hele siel, jou hele verstand en al jou krag." Die tweede is ewe belangrik: "Wees lief vir jou naaste as jouself. ‘Geen ander gebod is groter as hierdie’ nie. Maar ten spyte van die helderheid van hierdie woorde, ten spyte van Jesus se aanspraak dat die hele Skrif in hierdie woorde opgesom word, stry ons steeds om hierdie gebod die fokus te maak van ons geloof en lewe. Die Groot Gebod is natuurlik nie twee gebooie nie. Om God lief te hê en naaste lief te hê, is onlosmaaklik verbind. Die liefde wat Jesus hieroor praat, is nie ‘n emosie nie. Dit beteken nie net die woorde "Ek is lief vir jou nie." Vir Jesus is die liefde van ‘n ander persoon om haar of sy waarde as ‘n mens en waardevol vir God te eerbiedig, en om dit uit te druk in daad van diens, respek en vriendelikheid. Liefde word altyd in aksie uitgedruk. Dit is natuurlik baie moeiliker as om die wet te volg. Legalisme is aantreklik omdat dit maklik is – jy tik elke wet op ‘n lys af. Jy het dit ook gedoen of jy het nie. Maar liefde vereis ware betrokkenheid by die ander persoon. Dit vereis sensitiwiteit, nuuskierigheid, belangstelling, deernis en ‘n gewilligheid om onsself uit te brei vir die ander persoon. Liefde is onvoorspelbaar en duur. Maar liefde is ook die enigste plek waar die lewe gevind kan word

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Pentecost B24 – 4 Nov.pdf

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