Baptism and communion 2 October 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I look forward to worshiping with you at 8, 930, 11 and 630pm this Sunday.

At Baptism I ask the congregation to preach this sermon to those being baptized:
For you Jesus Christ came into the world; for you he lived and showed God's love; for you he suffered death on the Cross; for you he triumphed over death, rising to newness of life; for you he prays at God's right hand: all this for you, before you could know anything of it. In your Baptism, the word of Scripture is fulfilled: 'We love, because God first loved us.'

It is important that these words are not just words - but that they define our ministry as a congregation.  Our attitude to those whom we meet - those whom we baptize.
For each person we see we must remember: For you Jesus Christ came into the world...  If we treated people like we knew that - the world would be a better place.
We'll be baptizing and celebrating communion at 8 and 930; communion only at 11 and 630pm.
Youth Ministry
Sunday School and Youth Activities are on a break for the school holidays.  Our youth pastor, Iain Uys is heading up to George to write his candidate for ministry exam this weekend.  Keep him in your prayers.
Please bring your children to church, especially for Baptism and Communion this Sunday - I'll do my best to keep the sermon short.  Feel free to bring soft toys and colouring in (no noisy toys!).  Let them sit on the floor if they like.  Bring them to the front to witness the baptism; help them to know that Baptism means that they are also a part of God's family at Table View Methodist. 
Gideon's Bibles
On Sunday 9th Gideon's Bible distributors have asked to come and speak at our 8 and 930am services.  I've got a weekend off that Sunday - so I'll see you again on 16 October; Iain will be on duty when he returns from his exam.
Music Evening 21 October
There will be a planning meeting for the music evening on 4 October at 7pm.  Please chat to George Courie for more information.
Prayers
Members of our church work at the various universities and schools in the Western Cape.  Some of our members are students, some are police.  As we watch the news we might only see the radical edges of protests and policing; in the middle of all this are real people... the people who we baptize.  The people we sit next to in church on a Sunday; people who want to work together for the coming of God's Kingdom.
Please pray that our country and all those in power in various spheres of governance would work diligently and justly to find workable solutions.
Pray that we wouldn't only see the extreme edges - but that we'd learn to see beyond the hype in the media to the real problems at the heart of conflict in our land.  God can work through us to make a huge difference in the situation in our land.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly