Pastoral Note - 29 April 2015

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

First, I look forward to worshipping with and sharing communion with you this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am. 

Our Scripture readings for this Sunday are Acts 8:26-40Psalm 22:25-31, 1 John 4:7-21John 15:1-8.  I invite you to read them before the service – or follow up on them using the Read Think Pray, published in the notices or if you’d like daily devotions emailed to you subscribe at www.readthinkpray.org 

Thank you so much for the Sabbatical break that I enjoyed over the past few weeks. For those who don’t know this is my tenth year of ministry in the Methodist Church and in this year I get 90 days of leave.  The highlight of these leave days is the opportunity to go to church and not preach or lead for a change!  I will be taking more leave in July.

Mission

Over the next few months I would like us to intentionally explore God’s calling on us as a church in this place.  As a Methodist Church we have a framework within which we work; our Book of Order (7.38) suggests that every society should have the following ‘Mission Groups

Spiritual Formation (Discipleship)
Mission and Extension (Evangelism)
Youth
Justice and Service
Property
Finance

Of course there is more… the staff we employ, our hospitality ministry, (catering for events and funerals), music ministry; but for now let us focus on these things.

For the next few weeks we will focus on Discipleship.

Discipleship


Our presiding bishop Rev Zipho Siwa (pictured above) put forward the following theme for our Methodist Conference in 2013: 
Together a transforming discipleship movement.

Following this theme – and the scriptures set for the next three Sundays I will preach about ‘Discipleship.’

3 May - What is ‘transforming’ discipleship? John 15:1-8
10 May - What does it mean to do discipleship ‘together’? John 15:9-17
17 May - And what does it mean to be a ‘movement’? John 17:6-19

On Monday 18 May I would like to meet with class leaders, the stewards appointed, and all those interested in this aspect of our church’s life and put together what we discern is God’s vision for us as a church in terms of our Discipleship mission.  If you can't make the meeting put some brief thoughts down in an email or a note so that we can incorporate them.

In the mean time – pray about it, talk about it, think about it - also speak to the Discipleship Steward at your service, Discipleship Stewards are: 8am – Rodney, 930am – Jacques, 11am – Basi let us listen together as a church for God’s call on us toward deeper discipleship.



[No, I’m not talking about Twitter or Facebook, I literally want you to follow me.]

See you on Sunday,

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly
(Minister, Table View Methodist Church)

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