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Easter, Good Friday and Holy Week

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
We have been reflecting on John's gospel - chapters 14-16 at our Holy Week Services.  Jesus tells his disciples: 

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever." - John 14:15-16

The commandment that Jesus has just given to his disciples is the commandment to "Love one another as I have loved you."  Loving Jesus is not that difficult.  Loving 'one another' is more difficult.  To help us - Jesus sends the Holy Spirit. 
The Holy Spirit also leads us into truth.  This truth is the truth that God loves us and has adopted us as his children.  It is the truth that our sins can be forgiven - God's love for us revealed on the cross is truthJesus reminds his disciples: "You did not choose me, I chose you."  He reminds us that he does not 'give as the world gives' - the world gives conditionally - expecting something in return.  God, in Jesus, gives unconditionally.
As you journey through Good Friday to Easter Sunday I want you to know that you are loved by God.  And that God has chosen you to be his witnesses.  To share that love and forgiveness with others.
Our Tenebrae service takes place at 7pm on Thursday night.
On Good Friday there is an hour long service at 8am.
And a two hour service from 930am-1130am where we will reflect on the seven words spoken by Jesus on the cross.
On Easter Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection with communion at 8, 930 and 11am.
Freedom Day Potjie
On 27th April we will be making and selling potjie kos as a fun(d) raiser.  Please let us know if you would like to make a potjie for us to sell...
More details to follow.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Holy Week and Easter

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I went to the doctor to fix my throat on Monday and he sent me home for the week; which is a good thing because besides doing some extra sleeping I've been able to think pray about Holy Week.
I look forward to journeying through Holy Week with you from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday.

20 March - Palm Sunday
In Holy Week we celebrate the final days of Jesus' life (from Palm Sunday to Good Friday).  Palm Sunday presents us with the opportunity to follow the procession of Jesus and his disciples all the way to the temple in Jerusalem where rightful Kings would be appropriately anointed and enthroned.  Services will take place at 8, 930 and 11am.

The Palm Sunday procession stops short of the temple; Jesus is not anointed and enthroned as he should be.  We are invited to examine our lives.  To ask ourselves: Is Jesus Lord of my life?
21-23 March - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7pm
During Jesus final week he crammed in a lot of teaching for his disciples and people in the temple courts.  According to John's gospel; after Judas left the Passover meal (John 13:27) Jesus spent the evening instructing the disciples.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm to about 745pm we will reflect on some of Jesus teachings on that evening.
24 March - Thursday 7pm
On Thursday evening we will gather in church to reflect on Jesus last supper with the disciples.  We know that at the end of Thursday night all the disciples had left Jesus - and so we leave the church in silence and darkness at the end of the service.
25 March - Good Friday 8am and 930-1130am
On Good Friday we will hold two services.  At 8am a short service of worship focusing on the passion of Christ.  And from 930-1130 a service reflecting on the seven words that Jesus spoke from the cross.  Reflections on the words will be led by me, Iain Uys and Mbulelo Bikwani.
27 March - Resurrection Sunday
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with Communion at 8, 930 and 11am.
Use Holy Week as an opportunity to listen more closely to what God is saying to you.  On Palm Sunday Jesus weeps for Jerusalem saying:

“If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes..."  - Luke 19:42
and
"...you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”  - Luke 19:44
Take this opportunity to recognize how God has spoken to us and work out how you will respond with the way you live your life.
If you'll be away this Easter - I pray that you have safe journeys and come back rested and restored.
God bless,
Gus

Pastoral Note, Holy Week, Easter

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
This Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am we take a look at the book of Judges. 

In Judges we read about famous and interesting Bible Characters like Gideon, Deborah and Samson (The Judges).  A Judge is essentially a 'justice bringer' someone who is called to restore balance between people and between people and God.  Jesus says: "Blessed are the peacemakers..." He introduces a New Testament version of being a 'Judge' or a justice bringer; a peacemaker.
How can you make peace within yourself and within the world you live in?  Let us pray about that as we reflect on the scriptures this Sunday.
In preparation for this Sunday I invite you to read chapter 8 of The Story or the following excerpts from scripture: Judges 2-4, 6-8, 13-16.
Sunday 20 March is Palm Sunday - so we will be taking a break from The Story until next term when we will start with Chapter 8 (The book of Ruth) on 10 April.
Holy Week 20-27 March
Holy week begins with Palm Sunday as we remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  From Monday to Wednesday there will be short Bible Study services from 7pm

I'm sorry that we won't have day time services this year - please offer lifts to those who can't drive during the day; and ask for lifts if you need them.
At our Holy Week Services we will reflect on John 14:15-16:15; some of Jesus' last words to the Disciples during the last week of his life about the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Monday - Thursday 7pm:
21/3 Monday - The Promise of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31)
22/3 Tuesday - The Fruit of the Holy Spirit (John 15:1-17)
23/3 Wednesday - The Advocacy of the Holy Spirit (John 15:18-16:15)
24/3 Thursday - Tenebrae Service
The Tenebrae Service reflects on the last evening of Jesus' life.  Jesus was abandoned by his disciples on the Thursday Evening and so everybody is encouraged to leave the church in silence after the service is finished.

Good Friday (25/3) - 8 and 930-1130am
On Good Friday we will hold a traditional Good Friday service reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus at 8am. From 930 to about 1130 on Friday we will conduct a multilingual / multicultural service reflecting on the Seven Words of the Cross.
(Our Good Friday offerings are for the Ministerial Students Fund - a fund that helps us to train clergy for ministry in the Methodist Church.)

Easter Sunday (27/3)
On Easter Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection of Christ with Communion at all three services, 8, 930 and 11am.  If you want to get baptized on Easter Sunday, or you want your baby to be baptized on Easter Sunday please contact Di at the office before the end of the week so that we can make arrangements to meet before Easter Sunday.
Church Finances
Every month we need about R95,000 to meet the bare minimum requirements of our society, we need this money to pay:

1 - Circuit Assessment:                                         R47,500   
2 - Salaries and Housing Provision for Minister   R42,500
3 - Bare Minimum Running Expenses                  R5,000
In January and February our incomes were about R90,000 meaning a loss of about R10,000 for the year so far.
It would be great to increase our monthly income by R15,000.  Some of us give as much as we can already; some of us can afford to give a little more.  Pray about what you can give to the church to help us with our mission and work. 

If 5 more people give R1,000, 10 more people give R500 and 20 more people give R250 a month our target will be met.  You might be reluctant to give because you can't see your way to bringing in a full tithe.  Every cent helps; give what you can and start this month!
The church's bank details are:
Account name: Methodist Church of Southern Africa - Table View
Bank: First National Bank
Account: 5923 000 5827
Branch Code: 203 809
This is our income and expenditure for 2013, 2014, and 2015:


201320142015
IncomeR1,016,721R1,181,819R1,075,097
ExpenseR1,239,780R1,131,564R1,110,289
In/Out-R223,059R50,255-R35,192
Since coming to Table View I have helped you to curb your expenses; but I haven't been very good at increasing your income.  From 2010-2013 the society was overspending by about R200,000 per year. 

In 2014 we gained R50,000 but we also increased our lay staff salaries and our Circuit contribution for 2015 resulting in a loss of R35,192 in 2015.
Although it is great that we have trimmed a lot of fat in 2014 and 2015; spending about R21,000 less in 2015 than 2014 is not necessarily a good thing.  We should be spending money to improve our ministry to the community of Table View; we should be putting money aside for future investments.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Pastoral Note - 3 March 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

I look forward to sharing in communion with you at 8, 930 and 11am this Sunday.  We will also reflect on the book of Joshua; Chapter 7 of The Story:

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it.  For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful.  I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
- Joshua 1:8-9

We love the line - 'Be strong and courageous...'  But remember the the context:  "Act in accordance with what is written in the law..."  Before we began our journey through the story I drew our attention to 2 Timothy 3:16.  Paul reminds us that scripture is useful for 'teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God's people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.'

How has reading the story so far 'trained you in righteousness?'  How have you been challenged?  Are you going to take up those challenges?  Are you going to ignore them in the hope that they will go away?  Or are you going to rise to them?

As you take up the challenges - you might be tempted to give up before you've started.  I have Joshua 1:9 printed and presticked to the wall above my desk:  "Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

I pray that as you do your best to share the light and love of Christ wherever you are that you will know that "God is with you wherever you go."

New Member's Coffee, Sunday 4pm

At 4pm this Sunday I want to invite everyone who wants to know more about what it means to be a member of this church to come to an orientation coffee.  This is a chance to get to know each other and the various organizations and Bible Studies within the congregation. 

I ask that every mission group / Bible Study sends a representative so that you can share your ministry and invite others to join.

I will also give a short presentation on what it means to be a member of a church.

If you're an 'old' member and you want to come along you are also most welcome.

God bless,
Gus

PS...
YOUNG MENS’ GUILD (YMG) – AMADODANA

We thank God for the growth of the 11:00 service and we believe our church is ready to start YMG – AMADODANA to help men in their journey of being Sons, Brothers, Husbands and Fathers.  This divine journey is meant for all men who want to start a journey of honor and Integrity in their respective roles at home and in the community.  It is our Joy to invite you to join us at a meeting to discuss the starting of AMADODANA within TVMC, on the 05th March 2016 at 16:00 at OUR CHURCH.  Any enquiries contact Mr Nuku (083 562 4297) – and Mr Bikwani (082 500 8001).