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17 December
No 11am Service

Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December)
One service of carols at 930am and another at 8pm.
No 8am or 11am service on 24 December.

Christmas Day (Monday)
8am and 930am Services

New Year's Eve 31 December
One Service at 930am.
The church will be open for prayers in the evening from 7 to 8pm.


Deliver us from Evil - Sermon Series

During the month of October we will be reflecting on Ephesians 6:10-20.

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1 October - Not Against Flesh and Blood - Sermon - Study Notes
8 October - The Belt of Truth - Sermon - Study Notes
15 October - The Shield of Faith and the Helmet of Salvation - Sermon - Study Notes
22 October - The Breastplate of Righteousness - Sermon - Study Notes
29 October - Shoes and Sword - Sermon - Study Notes

Pastoral Note from Rev Angus Kelly 14 September 2017

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

This Sunday we look forward to a visit from Rev Michelle Schrader who serves at the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town (Just next to Green Market Square).  I will lead worship and Michelle will preach at 8, 930 and 11am on the topic:

Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World

Over the past two weeks we have been looking at the topic:  Antidotes to the Out of Control Life; you can access the sermons on the church website via www.tvmethodist.co.za or click through the links below:

3/9 - Slowing Down in a Hurry up World - Sermon - Study Guide
10/9 - Remember Rule #6 - Sermon - Study Guide
17/9 - Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World - Sermon - Study Guide
24/9 - Why less is usually more - Sermon - Study Guide

Remember that each week we will also hand out a short study guide for you to use in your private devotions - or preferably with a small group.

These study guides are also available via the above links.

Thanks from the Wesley Guild

Dear TVMC Family

We would like to send our outmost appreciation to the congregation for helping us with donations for our girls hamper drive. We donated 25 hampers to young girls in Lingelethu, Malmesbury during our mini-circuit consultation which took place on 1-3 September. We would like this initiative to be an ongoing thing as Gods work never stops.

Deuteronomy 15:10 
"Give freely to the poor person, and do not wish that you didn't have to give. The Lord your God will bless your work and everything you touch."

Regards
Wesley Guild (Table View Society)

Poor Fund / Love Boxes

On Communion Sundays we take up an offering for our Poor Fund / Love Fund.  These funds are spent on behalf of the congregation by the Communion Stewards and the Minister.  On principal we use the money to buy basic food and toiletries to make up love boxes for those in need.  Although these boxes do not contain luxuries they can help a family to meet their basic needs for a week.

If you are in need, or if you know of someone who is in need we would like to help you by providing a love box.  Please speak to the communion stewards / helpers at your respective service, your requests will be treated in the strictest confidence:

8am - Anne Stolke, Maureen Williams, Maria Kobrinowski
930am - Tamra Dierdricks, Cheryl and Hilton Madden, Edmond Deane
11am - Pumla Hashe, Johannah Keikelame
"So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith." - Galatians 6:10
Junior and Senior Youth This Friday
Junior Band Practice will happen at 5pm, Junior Youth at 530pm and Senior Youth at 730pm.
God bless,
Gus

Pastoral Note - This Sunday, Remember Rule #6

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

This Sunday

I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am.   This Sunday we continue our sermon series:  Antidotes for the out of Control Life.

Sermon Audio from last Sunday is available on the church website; www.tvmethodist.co.za or you can click through here:

3/9 - Slowing Down in a Hurry up World - Sermon - Study Guide
10/9 - Remember Rule #6 - Sermon - Study Guide

The scriptures for this Sunday are:   Exodus 18:13-26 and Luke 10:25-37.

Please use the study guide, provided in the notices or available at this link for your further study.  One of the nice things about listening to the sermons on line is if you click in the bottom right hand side of the video you can speed up the preacher!

I hope and pray that this sermon series will encourage us to slow down - to find our peace in God - and even if busyness is unavoidable; we will learn and discover ways of being present to God.

Next Sunday we will be privileged to host Rev Michelle Schrader who will be visiting us from the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town.  Her topic will be: "Finding peace in a High Anxiety World"

Food Fair 25 September and Ladies Breakfast 7 October

Please remember our food fair on Monday 25 September.  These events are more fun raiser than fun(d) raiser - it is a wonderful opportunity for us to work as a team and get to know each other in the congregation.  Please diarise it - and come Hungary!

Our Ladies Breakfast is 7 October - R30 for a full breakfast and inspirational talk from Rev Merilyn Innes. 

Youth and Youth Band

I look forward to practicing with the junior youth musicians and singers on Friday evening from 5pm.

Junior Youth is from 530pm to 7pm (Grade 1-6) and Senior Youth from 730-930pm (Grade 7 up).

Music Team

Our music team could use your voice and your talents.  Please contact the office or speak to one of the band on Sunday if you would like to join us for practice.  It will be especially good if we have a full compliment of singers on Sunday mornings - you can join us for either the 8 or the 930 services.

Following these links you can now see which songs we have planned, and listen to them on Youtube.com:  8am Service Plan930am Service Plan (The YouTube videos can use a lot of data.)

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Office Email Office Phone 0215571143

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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Pastoral Note - 3 September

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
 
On 3 September we will begin our sermon series:  Antidotes for the Out of Control Life:
 
This series is based on a series preached by Rev Adam Hamilton at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (www.cor.org)
 
3/9 - Slowing Down in a Hurry up World - Study Guide
10/9 - Remember Rule #6
17/9 - Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World
24/9 - Why less is usually more
 
Every week there will be a study guide in your notices and available online atwww.tvmethodist.co.za.  The study guide includes some homework exercises and some discussion questions for small group work. 
 
Why not get some friends together?  Or do the discussion guide with your family / spouse some time during the week?
 
UPDATE YOUR DETAILS - If you haven't yet done so please update your details for our new database.
 
Communion 
 
This Sunday we will also receive communion together.  Because of the new seating arrangement we will receive communion by 'intinction'.  
 
This means that servers will stand at the front of the church. 
- The first server will hand you a wafer with the words: "The body of Christ." (Don't eat the wafer.)
Move to the next server and dip the bottom third of the wafer into the cup as the server says "The blood of Christ".
Then eat the wafer.
(If you eat the wafer before you have dipped it don't worry the server can give you another wafer.)
 
I hope to have the rail up by the next communion service.  Please let me know if you're handy with tools and woodwork - we might need to organize a work party in the next few weeks.  Sometime today or next week we will receive about 20 good quality pallets that will make a solid foundation for our new platform.
 
Building Rearrangements
 
One of our members who is an architect is going to help with proper drawings and renderings that will help us to see what we can do with our building.  I've made a youtube video for you to look at too, you will find it at www.tvmethodist.co.za or (here).
 
The plan is:
1 - Make our 'hall' look and feel more like a church.
2 - Open doors on the left and right for access to the memorial garden and what will become a fellowship garden on the right.
3 - If we need to expand seating we can build a gallery and expand into the youth room area.
 
We are blessed on some occasions to be filled to capacity at our 930am service.  Expanding seating into a gallery is much cheaper than building a bigger building but all suggestions are welcome for more discernment and prayer.
 
Youth Group Tonight
 
There is junior youth tonight at 530pm.  Senior youth will be traveling through to Edgemead to meet with the youth at St Marks Methodist.  You're welcome to contact Iain for more details.

There will be no junior worship team practice tonight - I have overcommitted myself this weekend.  Sorry.  We will meet again next Friday at 430pm.
 
Wesley Guild Consultation

The Circuit Wesley Guild Consultation takes place this weekend at Lingelethu (Malmesbury).  We will be confirming and robing new guilders on Saturday afternoon.  Please pray our guilders will be inspired and blessed this weekend - that God would speak to each of them through the power of the Holy Spirit, that they would be set free to work for the coming of The Kingdom of God in our circuit.

Ladies Breakfast
 
Rev Merilyn Innes will address our ladies breakfast on 7 October, tickets are R30 available at church on Sunday.
 
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly
 
 
 
 
 
--

Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Antidotes for the Out of Control Life

In September 2017 Table View Methodist will be following the series 'Antidotes for the Out of Control Life' this series is based on a series preached by Rev Adam Hamilton at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (www.cor.org).

3/9 - Slowing Down in a Hurry up World - Sermon - Study Guide
10/9 - Remember Rule #6 - Sermon - Study Guide
17/9 - Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World - Sermon - Study Guide
24/9 - Why less is usually more - Sermon - Study Guide

Pastoral Note - 11 August 2017

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

Thank you for allowing me some time off to get my bearings.

Small aeroplanes have little mirrors on the wing.  The pilot can look out on the wing and get a view of his aeroplane; I'm not sure what they would look for?  Are the wheels down or up?  Is the plane still in one piece?  Or maybe its just for taking selfies.  Such a simple tool for doing an important job.



​On Sunday 30 July I had an experience at the Dunoon Society that traumatized me more than I realized.  I'm not a tough guy (although I might some times do an unconvincing job of pretending to be).  I don't believe my experience was dangerous; I know that the peace and love of Christ goes with me wherever I go.  But some people tried to intimidate me, preventing me from preaching and serving communion.  

I thought I was OK after the event, but Heather (my wife) saw that I was not.  I took my day off on Monday and wrote down a report for my bishop on Tuesday. On Tuesday I also received the news that one of our bishops, Rev Thembinkosi Fandaleki had been murdered in Umtata.  The news shocked me; a reminder that angry people do reckless things and raising a lot of 'what ifs' about my experience at Dunoon on Sunday.  

Heather forced me to go to the Dr who booked me off for 10 days.  I had no intention of following his advice.

Heather is a good wing mirror.  She informed my bishop of my intentions to return to work without my landing gear down.  He called and ordered me to follow the Dr's orders.  I'm glad they conspired for me.  I've had time to pray; to check my wing mirrors; to remember how Jesus calls me to love others as I love myself. 

Acknowledging that my capacity to love; to care; must come from a place of knowing that I am loved and the I am cared for by God, and that is exemplified in the way that I care for myself.

It is a great and precious privilege to have a wife who stood up for my soul when I wasn't going to.  A bishop who cared enough to call and 'discipline' me.  So many of you who have kept me in your prayers.  Colleagues like Iain, Di and Cathy at the office; all of our Society Stewards and Rev Kevin Needham who stepped in to help me know that I should stop trying to do everything and be everything to everyone - even when my 'heart' is not right.

Some might be shocked and disappointed with the fact that there are ever conflicts in the church.  Unfortunately the scriptures testify to a church that has often been in conflict.  We must not let conflicts within our churches deter us from the goal of the Kingdom of God to which Christ has called us.  

As Paul and James write to the churches of the New Testament they constantly have to warn them not to be tricked in to conflicts.  Paul reminds us: 'Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.' (Ephesians 6:10) The Greek word is almost the same as 'methods' - an acknowledgment of the reality that evil makes clever plans to thwart God's good plans.

Please keep praying for the church.  Keep praying for our bishop, superintendent, ministers, the Circuit Stewards and other leaders in our circuit.  Pray especially for our Presiding Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa.  The church's outspoken role in calling for Zuma to step down, in exposing aspects of 'State Capture' to parliament through the work of the South African Council of Church's is a practical and spiritual battle.

The 'Race Baiting' fanned by organizations like Bell Pottinger and used as political rhetoric is an attempt to trivialize the real and material issues of injustice and brokenness in our country.  We need to pray for leaders who will lead us into justice with tremendous grace.  

We need to have Christ centered; Holy Spirit enlightened conversations about how the church can be an agent of change and transformation.  In all of this we need to 'stand against the wiles of the devil' who loves to see people suffer, who loves to perpetuate injustice, who delights in the prospect of egotistical world leaders unleashing 'fire and fury' on each other.

These past two weeks I realized that my experience on 30 July was a moment on the front lines of a spiritual battle.  The devil loves a divided church.  In that battle Paul calls on us to 'take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.'  (Ephesians 6:16)  Flaming arrows are cruel weapons; they start fires that start more fires; the make us doubt ourselves, our purpose; God's love...  The super natural shield of faith quenches those arrows and makes them powerless on Sunday.

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday as we celebrate the work of Women in the church (in honour of women's day on 9 August) Women of the church will be leading prayers and Bible readings at all services.  Ms Siyathokoza Mesatywa will preach at 930am and facilitate the Women's Manyano's preaching at the 11am service.

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Sideways Church, Sermon Series, Prayer and Praise Evening...

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

This Sunday: 

Jacob's brother, Esau, wanted to kill him.  Jacob's parents told him to flee - alone in the wilderness, afraid of his own family he lies down to sleep.  He has a dream; a ladder set up between heaven and earth, angels ascending and descending.

A reminder - that wherever we go, God is always there.  Are you mindful of God's presence?  Do you pay attention to God's Holy Spirit?  Do you see what God is doing?  

I see that ladder in the work of our knitting group who shared blankets with babies in Tygerberg hospital, our care bears group who are making up disaster buckets to be distributed when houses are raised in fires.  We see that ladder in a community that cares for one another.  We see that ladder when we stop in our busyness to pray - to re-set our minds and hearts to God.

(Gnatty knitters sharing blankets at Tygerberg hospital)
If we know that God is with us through our most harrowing experiences we might find the strength, the power, the grace to get through them. Our scriptures for Sunday are: 
  • Genesis 28:10-19aPsalm 139:1-12, 23-24
  • Romans 8:12-25  and
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  • Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

  • I look forward to worshiping with you at 8 and 930am, Ms Siyathokoza Mesatywa will lead our 11am service.

  • Evening of Prayer and Praise 20 October

    Our Men's group will be organising an evening of prayer and praise on 20 October.  Speak to the men's group about the hymns and songs you would love to sing on the evening, it will be a chance to sing and pray together... pencil the date in.

    Sermon Series

    Over the next few months I will be partnering with one of my colleagues, Rev Sean McGuigan from Durbanville Methodist to plan sermon series and share some resources. This is a sketch of our plans for August, September and October:

    August - Wrestling With God - Life lessons from the stories of Jacob

    September - Antidotes for the Out of Control life; finding balance and peace in a busy world.

    October - Resisting Evil - What does it mean to clothe yourself with the armour of God?

    By working together, and drawing on resources from other well resourced Methodist Churches all over the world we should be able to produce some helpful Bible Study / Discussion resources to help us with these series.

    I always welcome your questions and suggestions.

    Re-arranging the Church / Property Development Proposal

    If you missed church last Sunday you will be surprised to find that your chair has been moved when you come this Sunday.

    Instead of facing the stage the seats are now arranged in an arch and the altar is on the left hand side of the building.

    There are quite a few reasons for the changes:

    Worship

    The Christian Church traditionally gathers around the Word and the table of the Sacrament.  Our altar is our table of fellowship and communion - the place from which we remember Jesus body given for us and his blood that was shed. With the new arrangement all participants in the service, worship team included, gather around the table.

    When it comes to music it is important that we as a community can hear each other sing.  As much as we are singing to God, our songs are an opportunity to testify to each other of what God has done and is doing in our hearts and lives.  To hear each other's voices in worship is very important.  By arranging ourselves in a curve we should become more aware of each other's voices in worship.

    As far as community and fellowship goes; I have noticed that when we all face the same way we only see the backs of each other's heads.  With the new arrangement you should see at least 2/3rds of the congregation's faces from wherever you sit.  You might be surprised to see these familiar faces in the mall, at school, at work - and know and recognize each other as a are part of Jesus' community.

    Property

    For a long time our church has planned for the building in which we currently worship to become a hall when we build a 'proper sanctuary.' 

    To build a 'proper sanctuary' is a very expensive once off expense but to transform our current hall into a properly beautiful place of worship (a sanctuary) is not beyond our reach.  It is possible to do the work in phases; ensuring that each step of the transformation is done properly and not 'on the cheap'.  This is also easier to manage in terms of fund raising etc. because those who contribute to new windows, doors, AV equipment / lighting will see their contributions realised quickly and effectively.

    If in the future we need more seating the youth room can be transformed into a gallery etc.  Instead of building an entirely new sanctuary we can then focus on one day building a fellowship hall on the Cognac Road side of our current church building.  This fellowship hall could incorporate a proper kitchen, Sunday School rooms etc and a cloistered garden linking it to the church via sliding doors installed where the stage currently stands.

    Once we've developed a proper parking lot extending up to the cross in our field we still have property left over... please pray and offer your suggestions for what to do with that land.

    Some suggest creating an attractive play park for our community.

    Some suggest building modest retirement cottages.

    Others have suggested we build a school.

    We need to receive all the ideas that come our way and pray together to know how God would want us to steward our gifts.  All of these ideas are suggestions.  When in our hearts we feel God's Amen to these suggestions lets go where we are led.

    God bless,
    Rev Angus Kelly

    Ascension Day 9am, Potjie Kos - Saturday 1230pm

    Hi Table View Methodist Family,

    We've got a busy week ahead with our Potjie Kos Competition on Saturday; and Ascension Day - our Ascension Day Service is on Thursday at 9am.

    Ascension Day (Thursday 25, 9am)

    Rev Trevor Ruthenberg (one of our retired ministers) will preach at the Ascension Day service.  We will be joined by the folks from the Table View United Church; last year they invited us to join them there.  There will be a light tea after the service.

    Ascension Day is celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday - in accordance with the tradition of Acts 1:3 which describes Jesus ascending to heaven and instructing the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  We celebrate Pentecost on Sunday 3 June.

    Potjie Kos (Saturday 27th 1230pm) (R30 per serving)

    We will be having our Potjie Kos competition this Saturday; cooking starts at 830 and serving at 1230pm.  You're free to prepare your potjie at home if you want to and bring it along at 1230pm (Although you might not be eligible for the competition if you do).

    Please let Jacques Kellerman know if you would like to contribute to the Potjie:  Contact the church office for Jacques' details.

    This Sunday

    This Sunday we will continue our series on The Will of God, with a concluding sermon:  How do I know the will of God for my life?  I look forward to worshipping with you at 8, 930 and 11 this Sunday.  

    Holy Spirit Bible Study (Thursday 8 June, 730pm)

    Please join us during the month of June for a Thursday Night Soup and Bible Study on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We'll serve soup and rolls at 7pm, listen to a presentation from 730-8pm and then have a time of discussion ending at 845pm.  

    730pm 8 June - Who is the Holy Spirit?
    730pm 15 June - What does the Holy Spirit do?
    730pm 22 June - How can I receive the Holy Spirit?

    Alpha groups:  Try to get yourselves together for a meal some time in the weeks leading up to the Holy Spirit Bible Study.

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

    Happy Easter

    Hi Table View Methodist Family,
     
    This Sunday

    Often when bad things happen we try to explain with: "It must have been God's will."

    This is not usually the correct answer.  Imagine if someone went around telling all sorts of people about the things that they believe you intended to do, but you didn't actually do them.  Imagine you were blamed for poverty and disease, for everything that went wrong in the world?
     
    Over the next few weeks we will be discussing "The Will of God" in our Sunday Services.  For my research I will be using two very well written books:  "Why?" by Rev Adam Hamilton and a much older book entitled "The Will of God" by Leslie Weatherhead.
     
    I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11.
     
    Alpha Course this Thursday
     
    The Alpha Course resumes this Thursday with the topic:  "How can I resist evil?"  Anyone is welcome to join us; it is never too late!
     
    Easter Services - Thank You
     
    Thank you to everyone who made our Easter Services possible.  I really was blessed.  The 3 hour service on Friday and the Sunrise Service on Sunday were definitely two major highlights for me.  Thank you to Vernon who was there to take some photographs at the sunrise service:

    ​One of the highlights of the sunrise service; re-enacting the gospel account of the resurrection; members of the Woman's Manyano return from the memorial garden singing Hallelujah Christ is Risen!
     
    The resurrection is a prophetic sign of God's relentless love, even though we might sometimes lose sight of what God is doing.  There is nothing that can separate us from His love.

    Easter Play
    On Good Friday Morning Darryl blessed us with a rendition of one of the songs sung in He is Risenplaying at the Bellville Civic Center, you can call 084 769 7350 for more information.  The shows are at 730pm Tuesday - Saturday and 230pm on Saturdayand Sunday.  Entrance is free, a collection will be taken.


     
    God bless,


    Rev Angus Kelly

    Easter Sunday Service

    Our Easter Sunday Services are 630am and 930am Only.

    Here are the words for our 630am service so that you can follow on your cell phone or tablet.  We will also print some copies for the 'grown ups' :)

    Table View Methodist
    Easter Sunday
    Sunrise Service

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    Sunrise Service

    Welcome

    Welcome to our celebration of the resurrection.  We welcome you in the name of Jesus which means that no matter who you are - or where you are in your faith and life journey you are welcome here; because Jesus welcomes you.

    The service will be conducted in English, isiXhosa and some other languages.  This is a sign of our unity under Christ being united in different languages is an act of worship in itself.  At some points in the service you might not understand the words, prayers or hymns - in those moments lift up your personal prayers to God.  

    At other points there is translation provided - sing along, hum along, use your imagination to help you enter into the worship.

    Songs of Praise (6h30am)

    He’s got the whole world in His hands.
    He’s got the little tiny baby…
    He’s got you and me brother…
    He’s got you and me sister…
    He’s got everybody here…
    He’s got the wind and the rain…
    He’s got the sun and the moon…

    This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

    Hide it under a bushel, no! I’m gonna let it shine.
    Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine.
    Let it shine ‘till Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine.

    Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning
    Give me oil in my lamp I pray.
    Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning,
    Keep me burning ‘till the break of day.

    Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
    Sing Hosanna to the King of kings.

    Give me joy in my heart keep me praising. etc.
    Give me peace in my heart keep me resting. etc.
    Give me love in my heart keep me serving. etc.

    As’ amben ‘somdumisa
    Un’ Amandl’ u Jesu Wam’
    Let us go and praise the Lord
    What a mighty God we serve.

    Morning has broken
    Like the first morning
    Blackbird has spoken
    Like the first bird
    Praise for the singing
    Praise for the morning
    Praise for them springing
    Fresh from the Word

    Sweet the rain's new fall
    Sunlit from heaven
    Like the first dew fall
    On the first grass
    Praise for the sweetness
    Of the wet garden
    Sprung in completeness
    Where His feet pass

    Mine is the sunlight
    Mine is the morning
    Born of the one light
    Eden saw play
    Praise with elation
    Praise ev'ry morning
    God's recreation
    Of the new day

    Opening Prayer

    What are we to make of this day?
    When graves are opened...
    When the dead awaken...
    When life refuses to be contained...
    Then nothing is impossible! Hope is never extinguished
    and love is never conquered.
                           
    We celebrate You today, Jesus, Because You have made it clear that death does not have the last word; Because You have filled us again with hope and faith; Because You have given us a vision of new possibilities, new realities, and new ways of being.

    Open our minds to believe what we cannot explain; Open our hearts to hope for what we cannot see; Open our lives to live and to love in the midst of death and despair; Let resurrection happen again in us today. Amen.

    The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said: 'Peace be with you!'
    Then they were glad when they saw the Lord.


    Alleluia! The peace of the risen Christ be always with you.

    And also with you. Alleluia!
    (Please welcome those around you.)

    Opening Hymn

    Yimini yeSabata
    Yimini yeSabatha,
    Yimini eyingcwele,
    Ma ndithi nam KuThixo wam
    Ndiguqe, ndisondele.
    ---
    1 We praise you on this Sabbath Day
    We celebrate in Holiness,
    We will praise the Lord in heaven.
    Bowing down in love and praise.
    2 Yimini yeSabatha,
    Yemvuko ekufeni;
    InKosi Yam,UmFeli wam,
    Waphuma enchwabeni.
    ---
    2 We praise you on this Sabbath Day,
    Glorious resurrection day.
    Death defeated, sins forgiven;
    Jesus rose up from the grave.

    6 A! Nkosi yeSabatha!
    Ndisekho emhlabeni,
    Lithemba lam,
    Ndonyuka nam,
    Ndingen' endumisweni.
    ---
    6 Hail the King is crowned today!
    I will live to worship him.
    I will sing to God in heaven
    Celebrate His Victory.
        AMEN

    Scripture Dramatization

    Mark 16:1-3

    Narrator:  After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus.  Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way there they said to one another:

    “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
    (Manyano’s etc. head towards the memorial garden.)

    Narrator: When they reached the tomb, they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back.  So they entered the tomb, where they saw a young man sitting on the right, wearing a white robe - and they were alarmed.

    Waiting for News of the Resurrection

    Kum-ba-ya my Lord, kum-ba-ya x3
    Oh Lord, kum-ba-ya
    Someone’s singing Lord x3
    Someone’s laughing Lord x3
    Someone’s crying Lord x3
    Someone’s praying Lord x3
    Someone’s sleeping Lord x3

    Resurrection Celebration

    Actors return with torches / cell phone lights / candles singing, get the people to stand and join and celebrate:

    Ukristu uvukile - Hallelujah
    (Christ is risen, Hallelujah!)

    Christ the Lord is risen today,
    Sons of men and angels say:
    Raise your joys and triumphs high!
    Sing ye heavens and earth reply:
    2 Uvukile inkosi Yesu
    Wawuphuma encwabeni
    Wawuvuka ngobukhosi
    Akwahlala ekufeni

    3 Lives again our glorious King.
    Where O death is now thy sting?
    Dying once He all doth save.
    Where thy victory boasting grave.

    3 Yesu, siyakudumisa
    Ngoku kufa wakufayo;
    Zonk' iintshaba wazoyisa
    Ngaloo mini wavukayo.

    4 Love's redeeming work is done.
    Fought the fight the battle won.
    Death in vain forbids Him rise.
    Christ hath opened paradise.

    5 Aze athi ngomhla waKho,
    Oya kuwavusa ngawo,
    Abe secaleni laKho,
    Eve ukuyola nawo.
    ---
    5 Soar we now where Christ hath led.
    Following our exalted Head.
    Made like Him like Him we rise.
    Ours the cross the grave the skies.

    6 Vain the stone the watch the seal.
    Christ hath burst the gates of hell.
    Death in vain forbids him rise.
    Christ hath opened paradise.

    Scripture Dramatization Continues

    John 20:2 (Abridged and adapted)

    Mary Magdalene went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them:
    “They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
    and we don’t know where they have put him!”

    They stood there puzzled about this, when suddenly two men in bright shining clothes stood by them:
    Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive?  He is not here; he has been raised.  
    Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee:
    The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later rise to life!

    But the apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, and they did not believe them.  But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; he bent down and saw the linen wrappings but nothing else.  Then he went back home amazed at what had happened.

    Siyakudumisa Thixo (Te Deum)

    This is a hymn of the church from the fourth century; it incorporates the Apostle’s Creed into an act of worship.  As you read and sing through this song you should be able to imagine some of the heavenly scenes described in the book of Revelation.  The chant is a little bit tricky if you’re not used to it - but you should also be able to sing along in English.  The prayer is in three parts:  In praise of the Trinity, in Praise of Christ, and finally, Prayers of intercession.

    In Praise of the Trinity

    (Please Stand)
    Siya Kudumisa | Thixo!:
    Almighty God we | praise You!
    Siya kuvuma u|kuba unguYehova.
    We confess you |to be our Lord Jehovah.
    Umhlaba wonke | ubedesha Wena:
    The whole Earth worships you | eternal Father.
    UYise ongunaphakade.
    Everlasting Father God eternal.
    Zonke iingelosi zim|emeza kuwe:
    To thee all angels sing | aloud in heaven:
    Kwa nezulu naw|o onke amandla akulo.
    All the heavenly pow|ers bow down to you O Lord.
    Likerubime, neserafime:
    The Cherubim, and Seraphim:
    Zimana zimemeza kuwe.
    Sing out in everlasting praise.
    Uyingcwele, uyingcwele, uyingcwele:
    You are Holy, You are holy, You are holy.
    Yehova, Thixo wemikhosi.
    Jehovah, King above all Kings.
    Izulu lizele, kwa nomhlaba:
    The heavens are full, and all the earth:
    bubukhulu bob|ungcwalisa baKho.
    of Your great - | and Your majestic glory.
    Umhlambi obungcwalisa | wabapostile:
    The glorious company | of the apostles:
    uya |kudumisa.
    sing in | endless praise.
    Amakholwane | amahle aabaprofeti:
    The good fellowship | of all the prophets.
    aya |kudumisa.
    sing in |endless praise.
    Umkhosi odumileyo |wabafele Wena:
    The noble army |of Your martyrs:
    aya |kudumisa.
    sing in |endless praise.
    iRemente engcwele |kulo lonke ilizwe:
    Throughout the world |Your church universal.
    iya |kuvuma.
    your na-me |proclaims.
    UYise!:
    The Father:
    obukhulu |bungenambaliso;
    The great Father |of majesty unbounded;
    UNyana wakho emnye:
    The Son the one and only:
    odumileyo, |oyiNene;
    worthy |of all worship;
    Kwa noMoya oyiNgcwele:
    And the Spirit, the Holy Spirit:
    uM|onwabisi.
    our-helper |and our guide.

    In Praise of Christ:

    UnguKumkani |wobungcwalisa:
    Alone you are |the king of glory:
    Wena |Kristu!
    You alone are |Christ!
    Wena unguNya|na ongunaphakade:
    And You are |the ete-rnal Son:
    woYihlo.
    O-o-o-of the Father.
    Uthe Wena wakunyula umsebenzi
    And when you came
    wo|kusindisa abantu:
    |to save your people,
    akwasidela isiza|lo sentombi.
    You did not despise |the Virgin’ womb.
    Uthe wakuba weyisile
    And you overcame
    ubukhali bokufa:
    the sting of death:
    wavulela bonke abakholwayo
    and opened to all who believe
    ubu|Kumkani bezulu.
    |the kingdom of heaven.
    Wena uhleli ngase|kunene kuThixo:
    And you sit at the right-hand |of the Father:
    ebungcwaliseni | boYihlo.
    In the glory | of the Father.
    Siya kholwa |ukuba woza:
    We believe |that you will come:
    ube nguMgwebi wethu.
    and you will be our judge.
    Siya |kuthandaza ngoko, siza izi|caka zakho:
    We pray |to you, to come and to |help your people:
    ozithengileyo ngegazi |laKho elinqabileyo.
    Whom You have redeemed |with your precious blood.
    Zenze ukuba zibalwe ndawo-nye |nabangcwele bakho:
    And bring them at last with Your saints |to dwell in heaven:
    ebungcwalis|eni obungunaphakade.
    In glory | e-e-everlasting.

    Prayers of Intercession

    Nkosi! Sindisa abantu baKho:
    Lord! Have mercy save your people:
    uthamsanqelise ilifa laKho.
    Bless and preserve Your adopted children.
    Baphathe, ubaphakamise: kude kube ngunaphakade.
    Govern and uphold them: now and always, now and always.
    Thina, imihla ngemihla: sikwenza mkhulu Wena.
    Now and for ever, and ever: we magnify Your name.
    Sihlala sibedesha igama laKho: kude kube ngunaphakade.
    We bow down and worship Your holy name:  Forever and ever always Amen.
    Sincede nkosi!: usilondoloze ngale mini singabi nasoono.
    Help us O Lord! Lead us not into temptation.
    Nkosi, z’usiphathe ngetaru: z’usiphathe ngetaru.
    Lord, have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us.
    Nkosi! Itaru lakho ma lihle phezu kwethu:
    Lord show us Your love and your mercy:
    nje ngokuba ithemba lethu likuwe.
    We entrust our souls to you.
    Nkosi! Ndithembe Wena:
    O Lord! My hope is in You:
    ma ndingaze ndidaniswe.
    let me not be dismayed.

    Scripture Reading

    Colossians 3:1-4 and 12-17

    Sermon - Rev Angus Kelly

    Prayers                   

    God, resurrection is not what we expect in our world. On the face of things, life seems to be under threat...               
    our earth is grieving, our families are fracturing, our nations are at war, and the light of our hope is growing dim.                   
    We need the stone to be rolled away again.

    Forgive us and all who have failed to honour and preserve life in all its diversity and glory. Forgive us and all who have allowed relationships to become less important than riches or recognition. Forgive us and all who continue to exalt our needs and desires over those of others, and who are prepared to kill to prove it. Forgive us and all who have grown blind to all the signs of resurrection that beckon us still.
    We need the stone to be rolled away again. We need life to break out within us again. We need love to consume us again. Resurrect us today, O Lord, and make us agents of Your life wherever dying and grief hold sway.                       
    For Jesus’ sake.
    Amen.               

    The Lord's Prayer

    We pray together as Jesus has taught us to pray:
    Bawo wethu osezulwini! Ma liphathwe ngobungcwele igama lakho.
    (Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.)
    Ubukumkani bakho ma bufike. Intando yakho ma yenziwe emhlabeni, Nje ngokuba isenziwa ezulwini.
    (Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.)
    Ma usiphe namhla nje isonka sethu semihla ngemihla. Usixolele izoono zethu, Nje ngokuba nathi sibaxolela aabo basonayo thina.
    (Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us.)
    Ungasingenisi ekuhendweni; Sisindise enkohlakalweni.
    (And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.)
    Ngokuba ubukumkani bubobakho, Namandla engawakho, Nobungcwalisa bubobakho, Kude kube ngunaphakade.
         Amen.
    (For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.)

    Song & Offering

    (During the singing of this hymn the stewards will take up the collection.)

    Amazing grace how sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me
    I once was lost but now am found
    Was blind but now I see

    'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
    And grace my fears relieved
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed

    Through many dangers toils and snares
    I have already come
    'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
    And grace will lead me home

    When we've been there ten thousand years
    Bright shining as the sun
    We've no less days to sing God's praise
    Than when we've first begun

    Easter Communion

    Christ is risen!
    He is risen indeed!
       
    Let's celebrate this irrepressible life;
    let's open our hearts to the joy and wonder of infinite possibility,
    of unquenched hope, of eternal resurrection.   
    We celebrate, we raise our voices and our hearts in worship and thanksgiving to the God who lives.

    Resurrection happened because Christ was first prepared to die. Defying death, He refused to release His hold on life and love.
    So now, as He encouraged us, we choose to remember so that we too can truly live.

    At supper on the night before He died Jesus took bread and blessed it. Then He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying:
    This is my body, broken so that you may know life. Eat it and remember Me.
    After the meal Jesus took wine and blessed it. Then He gave it to His disciples saying:
    This is my blood, shed so that you may know life. Drink it and remember Me.           

    So, now, Lord of Life, we share in this meal, we celebrate together, and we remember You.  And we will continue to do this until resurrection has flooded the whole creation.   
    Amen.
                           
    And so, through the power of Your Holy Spirit may this bread and this wine become for us in this moment your life-giving body and blood, And may we who share this meal, be joined with you, and with one another, as one body united in resurrection life,
    and sharing with all of creation in your eternal salvation.       
    Amen.
                           
    As we break this bread, we receive Christ's life In all our diversity, in all our individuality, as we share this one loaf we are one.
    Amen

    (All are welcome to receive communion at the Lord’s Table; if you love Jesus and are willing to receive his forgiveness    Jesus invites you to eat with him.  Come forward to one of the communion stations, receive a small wafer, dip the bottom third of the wafer into the chalice - the steward holding the chalice will say:  
    “The body and blood of Christ given for you.”  You respond with: “Amen.”)

    We Give Thanks   

    We thank You, O God, for Your life, pulsing in creation revealed in Jesus renewed in resurrection and available to us now.
    Thank You for touching us again with Your life through bread and wine; For joining our lives with Yours through Jesus; And for renewing resurrection in our hearts through your Holy Spirit.

    Filled with life, we now offer ourselves to be life-bringers in the world. Touched by resurrection we pledge to resist death wherever we find it. Filled with hope we embrace the promise of eternity, and the call to make it known at every opportunity.

    Through us may graves continue to be opened, And may the dead continue to be awakened to new life. In Jesus Name. Amen.

    Thine be the glory
    Risen conquering Son
    Endless is the victory
    Thou o'er death hast won
    Angels in bright raiment
    Rolled the stone away
    Kept the folded grave clothes
    Where Thy body lay

    Lo Jesus meets us
    Risen from the tomb
    Lovingly He greets us
    Scatters fear and gloom
    Let the church with gladness
    Hymns of triumph sing
    For her Lord now liveth
    Death hath lost its sting

    No more we doubt Thee
    Glorious Prince of life
    Life is nought without Thee
    Aid us in our strife
    Make us more than conquerors
    Through Thy deathless love
    Lead us in Thy triumph
    To Thy home above.

    Benediction

    We pray for each other as we say:
    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all now and forever more.
    Amen

    Departing Hymn

    1 Ndikhokhele, O Yehova!
    Ndingumhambi nKosi yam;
    Unamandla: andinawo,
    Onobuthathaka ndim.
    O mSindisi!
    NguWe olikhaka lam.
    ---
    1 Guide me O thou great Jehovah,
    Pilgrim through this barren land;
    I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
    Hold me with Thy powerful hand:
    Bread of heaven!
    Feed me now and evermore.

    2 Lowo mthombo wosindiso
    Owavulwa ngenxa yam;
    Ma uvele umpompze
    Uzihlamb' izoono zam.
    O mSindisi!
    NguWe oluncedo lwam.
    ---
    2 Open Thou the crystal fountain,
    Whence the healing stream shall flow;
    Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
    Lead me all my journey through:
    Strong Deliverer!
    Be Thou still my help and shield.

    3 Ndifikile eJordane,
    Susa izoyiko zam;
    Z'undikhaphe, se ndiwela:
    Yiba ungumNcedi wam.
    O mSidisi!
    NguWe olithemba lam.
    ---
    3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,
    Bid my anxious fears subside;
    Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
    Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
    Songs of praises
    I will ever give to Thee.