Pastoral Note - 14 September 2018

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

This Sunday Rev Trevor Ruthenberg will lead us at our 8 and 930am services; Rev Galethlokwe Sesele will leed our 11am service; the 11am service will be a Thanksgiving (Rhona) service as we remember those whom we have loved and lost.

This means that this Sunday we will take a break from the Nehemiah Sermon Series.

Trevor's readings for this Sunday are Proverbs 1:22-31 and Mark 8:27-38.

Recap of the Nehemiah Series

In the first sermon we see how Nehemiah knows what God is calling him to:

He is deeply saddened by the situation of the people in Jerusalem.  He spends months praying about the issue - and in the end speaks to Xerxes; the King of Persia; the King asks three important questions that might help us to know what God calls us to:

1 - What makes you sad? (Sometimes the things that disturb or worry us are a call to action)
2 - What do you need? (We might not realise that what we need to make a difference is not much at all.
3 - How much time do you need? (Maybe you need to alot 30 minutes a week; or some small amount of time to making a difference in some small way).

In the second sermon we saw how Nehemiah approaches the task.  He doesn't rush in - he takes time to assess the situation and then he takes action.  He is able to inspire the people of Jerusalem to work with him by testifying to what God has already done.  And by partnering with them; not commanding them - but sharing their pain and their dreams.

Sermon Series (New Dates)

2/9
Nehemiah 1:1-2:8
1 God’s Plan:
Envisioning a New Future
9/9
Nehemiah 2:11-20
2 God’s People:
Working Together
23/9
Nehemiah 4:1-23
(ref Nehemiah 5)
3 God’s Victory:
Overcoming Opposition
Sermon
30/9
Nehemiah 5:1-14
4 God’s Way:Do what’s right!
Sermon
7/10
Nehemiah 8:9-12 & 10:28-39
5 God is Good:
Celebrating God’s Faithfulness
Sermon

Fete

Thank you again for your tremendous support of the church fete - we managed to raise R25,000 and are now able with the help of your generous support and donations upgrade our AV and begin our project to upgrade the sanctuary.  Please bear with us over the next month or so as we ensure that we get the best deals on the equipment we need and make sure that we do what is right for our church.

If you can help with some carpentry, woodwork; if you're handy with a hammer, a soldering iron, a welding torch - and available please tell Di at the office so she can furnish Karin (our property steward) with your details in case we need you...

BIG thanks to Doreen and the Tuesday Ladies Fellowship who co-ordinated the bulk of the work.

And also a big thanks to those who contributed to the busker (me) you put R540 in my plate!! (Just to be clear - the money went to the fete and not to me :)

God bless,
See you next Sunday (23 September) as we continue our Nehemiah series.
This Sunday I'm at Brooklyn 8am, Plumstead Methodist 9am and Goodwood 630pm - Brooklyn will end without me and Plumstead will start without me.

Gus



Spring Fete - This Saturday 8 October - 10am to 2pm

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday at our Spring Fete:

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Remember to come early because Methodists are hungry people! 

The proceeds of the fete will help us to make improvements to our sanctuary especially to help with our Audio Visual equipment, communion rails and pulpit area.  Our Tuesday Ladies Fellowship has been hard at work getting everything ready and it promises to be a wonderful time of fun and fellowship.

This Sunday

This Sunday we continue with our sermon series on the book of Nehemiah with the theme:  God's people working together.  You can catch up with the sermon series and notes on our website, www.tvmethodist.co.za.  I will be preaching and worshipping with you at all the services this coming Sunday.

2/9
Nehemiah 1:1-2:8
1 God’s Plan:
Envisioning a New Future
9/9
Nehemiah 2:11-20
2 God’s People:
Working Together
Sermon
16/9
Nehemiah 4:1-23
(ref Nehemiah 5)
3 God’s Victory:
Overcoming Opposition
Sermon
23/9
Nehemiah 5:1-14
4 God’s Way:Do what’s right!
Sermon
30/9
Nehemiah 8:9-12 & 10:28-39
5 God is Good:
Celebrating God’s Faithfulness
Sermon
 
God bless,

Rev Angus Kelly

Pastoral Note 31 September 2018

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

I look forward to sharing communion with you on Sunday as we begin a reflection on the book of Nehemiah.  Bible Study notes will be available in your Sunday notices and are also available on the church website.

The program and readings for the Nehemiah series is as follows; I'll be asking our lay preachers to follow the series as far as possible during September:


2/9
Nehemiah 1:1-2:8
1 God’s Plan:
Envisioning a New Future
9/9
Nehemiah 2:11-20
2 God’s People:
Working Together
16/9
Nehemiah 4:1-23
(ref Nehemiah 5)
3 God’s Victory:
Overcoming Opposition
23/9
Nehemiah 5:1-14
4 God’s Way:
Do what’s right!
30/9
Nehemiah 8:9-12 & 10:28-39
5 God is Good:
Celebrating God’s Faithfulness

Bible Study notes for this Sunday are available at:  https://tableviewmethodist.blogspot.com/2018/08/nehemiah-rebuilding-walls.html

In his introduction to the book of Nehemiah in The Message Bible Eugene Petersen writes as follows:

Separating life into distinct categories of “sacred” and “secular” damages, sometimes irreparably, any attempt to live a whole and satisfying life, a coherent life with meaning and purpose, a life lived to the glory of God. Nevertheless, the practice is widespread. But where did all these people come up with the habit of separating themselves and the world around them into these two camps? It surely wasn’t from the Bible. The Holy Scriptures, from beginning to end, strenuously resist such a separation.
The damage to life is most obvious when the separation is applied to daily work. It is common for us to refer to the work of pastors, priests, and missionaries as “sacred,” and that of lawyers, farmers, and engineers as “secular.” It is also wrong. Work, by its very nature, is holy. The biblical story is dominated by people who have jobs in gardening, shepherding, the military, politics, carpentry, tent making, homemaking, fishing, and more.
Nehemiah is one of these. He started out as a government worker in the employ of a foreign king. Then he became—and this is the work he tells us of in these memoirs—a building contractor, called in to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. His coworker Ezra was a scholar and teacher, working with the Scriptures. Nehemiah worked with stones and mortar. The stories of the two men are interwoven in a seamless fabric of vocational holiness. Neither job was more or less important or holy than the other. Nehemiah needed Ezra; Ezra needed Nehemiah. God’s people needed the work of both of them. We still do.
Don't forget our Spring Fete next Saturday:



God bless,

Rev Angus Kelly



Nehemiah: Rebuilding the Walls

Sermon Notes and Sermon Audio





2/9
Nehemiah 1:1-2:8
1 God’s Plan:
Envisioning a New Future
9/9
Nehemiah 2:11-20
2 God’s People:
Working Together
23/9
Nehemiah 4:1-23
(ref Nehemiah 5)
3 God’s Victory:
Overcoming Opposition
Sermon
30/9
Nehemiah 5:1-14
4 God’s Way:
Do what’s right!
Sermon
7/10
Nehemiah 8:9-12 & 10:28-39
5 God is Good:
Celebrating God’s Faithfulness
Sermon

Some helpful Background Videos / Introductions

I tried to make a short introductory video to help understand where Nehemiah fits in in the story of the Old Testament; you can view that here:



The really helpful website www.thebibleproject.com also put together this very helpful video discussing the content of Ezra-Nehemiah: