Showing posts from November, 2015

Pastoral Note 26 November 2015 - Advent Hope

Hi Everybody, Advent Hope On the First Sunday of Advent we light the candle of hope; the first of four candles on the Advent Wreath:  On each of the Sundays of Advent we light one more candle - Hope, Love, Joy and Peace - then finally on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day we light the center candle; the Christ candle. ​ I want to encourage you to set up and advent wreath - in our house it is as simple as five candles on a little mirror with some flowers and leaves around them.  Our plan is that we will light one more candle each week until Christmas and when we light those candles we'll talk about and pray about the theme of the week. What gives you hope?  What does God hope for?  Who do you know who has lost all hope?  How can you share hope?  What have you given up hoping for? Too often our family conversations focus on the negative; how can we embrace Christian hope this week?  How can we have positive conversations about our faith. See if you can memor

Pastoral Note - 12 November 2015

Hi Table View Methodist Family, This Sunday we continue talking about our purpose statement:  "We want to be more like Jesus, we need all the help we can get, we want to be all the help we can be."  The scriptures set for this Sunday Mark 13:1-8 and Hebrews 10:11-25 might help us to understand what it means to be helpful.  In Mark Jesus warns about the coming destruction of the temple - a symbol of social, economic, political turmoil; Christians are counseled to hold firmly on to the faith and the gospel of Jesus.  Telling the good news.  Hebrews 10 ends with: "And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:24-25 Are we a community that helps people to hear the good news about Jesus?  Do we 'provoke one another to love and good deeds'? I get the feeling

Pastoral Note - 2015-11-05

Hi Table View Methodists, I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday . Alpha Tonight Tonight at Alpha we will discuss the question: "Why and how should I tell others?"  We had a great time discussing the Holy Spirit and how he works in us on Saturday morning. Friday Braai Day Junior youth runs from 530-7pm; some of us are going to meet at the church and make a braai.  Bring some meat (boerewors?) and have a picnic with us - especially those of you with children - even if they're too young for youth.  It will be a chance to chat and get to know the people you bump into in the baby room and run past on your way into and out of church on a Sunday . This Sunday Last Sunday, this Sunday and next Sunday we are discussing our vision / mission statement:  We want to be more like Jesus.  We need all the help we can get.  We want to be all the help we can be.  It really was an amazingly stormy, windy Sunday so many missed the message. We want