Showing posts from February, 2018

Pastoral Letter - 2018-02-22

Dear Table View Methodist Family, During the season of Lent we will be reflecting on prayer.   Learning to pray from the Bible's leading characters.   Sermons and discussion notes will be available on the church website .  The series is inspired by a similar series preached by Rev Adam Hamilton at the  United Methodist Church of the Resurrection  in Kansas. This Sunday our focus is on Elijah, whom James calls: "A man, just like us".  The scriptures for this Sunday are :  1 Kings 19:1-4 and James 5:13-18 . From Moses example I encouraged you to: 1 - Pay Attention. 2 - Argue with God if Necessary (Dare to say "No!" but be ready for God to argue with you.) 3 - Pray for your enemies and those who you struggle to forgive. 4 - Listen more than you speak. I look forward to exploring the lessons we might learn from Elijah this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am. Condolences I'm very sorry to share the sad news t

Learning to Pray with the Bible's Leading Characters

Icon of Jesus' parable about the prayer of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector - Luke 18:9-14 For the Sundays in Lent we will focus on learning lessons in prayer from the Bible's Leading Characters (As far as possible I will ask our visiting preachers to help with the theme, but it is not always practical for them to do so): 18 Feb - Moses a Friend of God - Sermon - Study Notes 25 Feb - Elijah - a man, just like us. - Sermon - Study Notes 4 Mar - David - His thirst, our wellspring - Sermon - Study Notes 11 Mar - Paul - Passage and Perseverance in Praying 18 Mar - Jesus - Listening to Jesus with the Disciples 25 Mar - Palm Sunday - Learning to Pray from the Master Himself [I will be drawing on Rev Adam Hamilton's Series preached in 2010 for some inspiration - you're welcome to listen to his sermons here .]

Lent, Valentines, Love, Repentance, Welcome

Hello Table View Methodist Family, Happy Valentine's Day for yesterday and happy new president day  for today  15 February 2018 .  As Christians it is our task to pray for our leaders.  As Christians in a democracy it is our responsibility to be responsible citizens. As we pray we need to thank God for South Africa's robust democracy.  For some of the dedicated prophets of our time - the news media.  Let us keep fighting for the right to know ( ).  But we also need to pray that whoever our leaders are they do the work of leading this country into justice.   As much as our leaders lead us - we pray - especially at this time of Lent - that God would plant a deep love and thirst in us for his righteousness, justice, his Kingdom to come. Thank you to all of you who joined us for our Ash  Wednesday  service  last night.  Being Valentine's Day and Ash  Wednesday  I thought it would be important for us to think about why we 'repent' which mea

Covenant Service This Sunday

Hi Table View Methodist, This Sunday at our 8, 930 and 11am services we celebrate communion and renew our covenant commitment to God as we pray the Covenant Prayer: I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. As a church we take the opportunity once a year to renew our covenant with God.  To take a look at ourselves and see how well we have surrendered to God’s will. CS Lewis wrote in his book, “The Great Divorce” - “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who

Sexual Harassment Policy of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Sexual Harassment Policy This is heart breaking.   On Sunday 28 January at the Central Methodist Church in Pretoria several young women bravely stood up to protest against their experience of sexual harassment at the church.  Their story has been featured on television and radio and circulated widely in social media. You can watch an interview with one of the women here - The #metoo campaign and Thursdays in Black campaigns have highlighted our need as a community to deal with the scourge of sexual violence against women.  At work, in public and even at church. Jesus instructs us - But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. - Matthew 5:28 In 2015 the Methodist Church drafted a sexual harassment policy, adopted in 2017 which you can find at this address - content/uploads/2017/08/MCSA- HARASSMENT-POLICY-2015-Final. pdf The goal of the ha