Welcome 12 April 2020

the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great power that the LORD used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.

(Exo 14:29-31)

 

The Lord our God is mighty! From the beginning of time He has cared for and protected His children.  He has always kept a remnant for Himself.  Today is no different.  Look to the Creator and hold fast to His promises.

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today.

(Exo 14:13)

 

We serve an awesome God!

Christianity in Action – Masks for Knysna Provincial

Recent information on the effectiveness of everybody wearing a face mask to prevent a spread of the “Corona Virus”, has come out of Czechoslovakia where the incidence of the disease is very low. Those at Knysna Provincial Hospital who are ensconced for other ailments are at higher risk than you or I who can self isolate at home, so Alan White decided to try to help them by having masks made. 
Charlotte Cameron provided the pattern, Lapland and The Linen Shop in Market street both agreed to donate material and tie-on ribbon for the project and Chipo Bags who lives in the township and Greg Mountjoy, expert kite maker, agreed to provide the necessary sewing skills at a very reduced prices
Thus as of today, some 160 hand made masks have been made and delivered to the hospital for which they are very grateful. 
We can all make a difference to the world around us by simply using our God given gifts without counting the cost…..
He will supply all our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
We just need to step out in faith.

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Matthew 6:6: But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

This message is not a welcome to the church but an encouragement to read God’s Word and pray for the church. We have time like never before and perhaps never to be repeated. Let us as Christians use this time to draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8).

I am sure we all miss the fellowship of meeting together but thanks to modern technology we hear the sermon and songs of praise on Sunday and can communicate on cell phones and computers.

Let us remember our Sovereign God who is always in control, omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.

We are to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Alan Cameron

Welcome – 29 March 2020

“I have come to My garden, My sister, My spouse; I have gathered myrrh with My spice;

I have eaten My honeycomb with My honey; I have drunk My wine with My milk…

Eat, O friends! Drink, yes drink deeply, O beloved ones!” (Song 5:1)

Our dear Lord is singing here, rejoicing in His intimate time with us, His bride. Do you know, do you connect with this, that the Creator God is personally delighted when we take time to be closeted with him in shear mutual love?

We have entered a period of enforced separation from normal business. He’s waiting for each of us in this time. Be refreshed in the opportunity to choose His company, His feasting and recreation, His Book.

There is reason for concern for many things – and we will do what we can – but let’s embrace this one Good.

Claude

 

How to view enforced withdrawal (by Alison Castellina)

This is taken from the article by Alison Bailey Castellina MA (Oxon) published here, 

https://archbishopcranmer.com/how-to-view-enforced-withdrawal-from-life/  

Be patient and wait: do not rebel. Do not say, “I am cut off from life and work and so there is nothing left for me, no point in living.” Things may change. Do not lose the blessing of this state in reaching out after something else, future or imaginary. Look for your work now and do not ask to have your world enlarged. Find your ministry in it, now. You may have a ministry to your family in talking to them cheerfully, sympathising with them, sharing their interests and pleasures. Your house may become blessed for your sake because God, who has linked you to the “prisoners and captives”, can bless you and those around you.

In an overactive world, many people are looking for a place of refreshment where they can leave behind the ‘jarring’ of life and draw nearer to reality. Do not say in your heart that you have no work; instead pursue ‘Him who works in you both to will and work for His good pleasure‘ (Phil 2:13). Ask Christ to make you so like Himself that others may take note that you have ‘been with Christ‘ (Acts 4:13). Continually refresh yourself in Him and then water others ‘so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God‘ (2Cor 1:4).

You have work to do which is to turn away from worldly passion (Tim 2:12), and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). This is honourable, so do not despise it in case you complain against God (Rom 9:20) and tempt Him to withdraw this test. Besides, if it were true that you have nothing to do, no outward life, you have one stone in His temple to polish. That stone is yourself, and this time is given to you to do that.

Consider it a time of preparation, although you do not know what for. It may be for life, or it may be for death, but do not waste time. Do not waste it by complaining or calling out for some alternation. God sees the heart and know this test is hard, but He is ‘compassionate and merciful‘ (Js 5:11). He sees that you need precisely this discipline until this test has done the work for which it was sent.

At this very moment, many others are in a similar place. They have the same problems, pains and temptations, even through you do not know them and they know nothing of you. Nor are you ever likely to meet until the day when ‘the purposes of the heart are disclosed‘ (1Cor 4:5). How you cope with this test is important to them because, unknown to you, you affect them, even though you do not exactly know how. Every member of the Body of Christ is necessary to and affects the whole Body. A realisation of this will take away the sense of loneliness and prevent your life feeling useless and lived for yourself, alone.

The Creed says: “I believe in the Communion of Saints”. So this trial is not mine alone. My inner conflicts and temptations are those of other members of the Church. In fighting them, I fight for them. In overcoming them, I weaken the power of darkness over them, as well as over myself.