Pastoral Note 26 March 2015

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week begins on Sunday with our Palm Sunday Service. Marlene, Tony and Karin are busy collecting Palms to decorate the church.  On Palm Sunday Jesus and his disciples completed their journey to Jerusalem.  The people welcomed him shouting "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!"

How passionate are you about the coming of the Kingdom of God?  In our prayer and worship on Palm Sunday I invite you to express your longing for the coming of God's Kingdom - your dream of the day when the world will be put right - when God's Kingdom has fully come.

Although Jesus should have been recognized as God's appointed King the people failed to recognize him - and the leaders plotted to have him crucified.  Holy Week is a chance for us to reflect on our response to King Jesus.  Do we crown him?  Or do we reject him?

On Monday (30 March) at 10am and 7pm we will reflect on the "Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ" - revealed through the Cross.  On Tuesday (31 March), on the "Love of God", and on Wednesday (1 April) "The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit."  Please come and join us if you can.

Then on Thusday night at 730pm (2 April) we will gather to prayerfully read about the final night of Jesus life and his crucifixion.  After the service we leave in silence.

On Good Friday we will meet at 8am for a service of worship and reflection (led by Rev Angus Kelly) and then at 930am for a service on the seven words that Jesus spoke from the cross.  There will be 7 7 minute sermonettes by different preachers.  The service of 7 words is a chance for us to worship together as a combined community.  I would encourage you to come to the 930am service - but maybe you want to invite a friend to join you and you feel the 8am service would be more accessible.  And I know that some people can't sit for longer than 60 minutes!

On Easter Sunday we will meet at 8, 930 and 11am to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus!

Angus on Leave (6-27 April)

After the Easter Weekend I will be taking my next block of Sabbatical Leave.  I will be away from you for three Sundays.  I will miss Table View Methodist but I know that I will be a better minister if I take the time that I am given to be with my family; to reflect, read, worship and and pray and return to work energized on 28 April.  I will take leave again in July.

Please continue to pray for me, the staff, the leaders and stewards of Table View Methodist - as well as the leadership of the Cape West Coast Circuit.  We have lots of work to do and we always need to know that God is with us.

Youth - Friday 27 March

The theme for this week is "Recognising God's Blessing in our Lives". Youth group meets every Friday from 7-9pm contact Iain iain@tvmethodist.co.za / 072 914 3154 for more information.

We're thinking of starting a junior youth group - aimed at Grade 1-6; from 6-7pm on Friday nights.  Anyone interested in helping out, chat to Iain.

Youth next term starts on 17 April with the first session of Youth Alpha.  Perhaps you know of someone between grade 7 and 12 who would benefit from attending youth Alpha?  Also - pray for Iain our youth pastor and our youth leaders as they lead the youth to learn more about God.

See www.alpha.org for more information about this course.

The Story (From August)

I'm considering a preaching series starting in August, it is a 31 week course called "The Story" it is based on a book of the same name which is a Bible edited to read like a novel; some important parts are left out but it helps you to find our place in the story of God.  Please have a look at the website: www.thestory.com and let me know what you think of the idea.

The thing I like most about the course is that it gives you a curriculum for Bible Study, Church and Sunday School - we could try to get as many people as we can to meet in small groups and discuss The Story.

Finance

From our treasurer:  Our income so far for the year is R210,506 and expenditure stands at R274,100 (Click here for this week's statement).  Please speak to Vivienne 8am, Charmaine 930am, or Basi 11am about how you can support the church.  We need about R100,000 a month to sustain the work at Table View Methodist and at the moment we are falling short of that goal.

Find our bank details in the notices or on our website.