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Communion this Sunday 845 and 11

Hi Table View Methodist Family, Maybe the writing should read: “You cannot pour from an empty cup.”   I was reading Luke 14 for our service this Sunday - the scene is a meal at a Pharisees house.  There were strict rules in those days about who should sit where.  The important people close to the head and the least important - at the end of the table.  Jesus noticed ‘how the guests picked the places of honour at the table’ (Verse 7). Jesus advised them, in the spirit of the scriptures, to take the lowest seat and wait to be lifted up; rather than take the highest seat and risk being sent away. I’m not clear on the timing but I think it was on the way to the meal that Jesus healed a man who was suffering from ‘abnormal swelling’ / ‘dropsy’ / Oedema… As Jesus healed he spoke to them about the kinds of things you might do on the Sabbath:  “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” (Verse 5) Constan

Sunday Services 845am and 11am

Hi Table View Methodist Family, Someone shared this with me this week: Service Times At our leader’s meeting on Tuesday we had a long discussion about the Sunday morning service times.  The combined service at 8h45am has a lot of advantages to it: Extra time between 10 and 11am for  meetings and fellowship . The late start makes it much easier for the  musicians  who are now spending 2 hours at church from 8-10 instead of nearly 4 hours from 7-10:45.  This means we can get more people involved  including children. Administratively we can spread out our stewards and volunteers more efficiently and effectively. As a congregation we are strengthened by knowing each other better. With these positive side effects we had to think about our reasons for having two services.  For the most part the reason is one of preference or convenience.  We tried to guess what we thought Jesus would do and humbly we feel that the combined service with its benefits was the better choice

Services at 845 and 11am this Sunday

Hi Table View Methodist Family, When Simeon blesses Mary he speaks prophetic words: Luke 2:34-35 (NIV) “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too. ” This Friday 9 August is Women’s Day - the day on which we celebrate the peaceful march of 20,000 women to parliament in 1956 to protest against South Africa’s Pass laws which required black South Africans to carry a sort of passport when they were in ‘white’ areas.  The pass laws were only repealed thirty years later in 1986.   On women’s day we don’t only give thanks that these brave women stood up to a dangerous government in 1956; we give thanks for their tireless persistence; Like a powerful diesel engine - not taking any of the glory yet bearing much of the pain that came with the Apartheid system that divided families through migrant labour and ‘sep

Communion at 845 & 11am This Sunday

Hi Table View Methodist Family, I look forward to worshipping with you and sharing communion with you this Sunday at 845am and 11am.  As we continue reading the letter to the Colossians we read from Colossians 3:1-11.  In preparation I invite you to read the text and pray about it. Colossians 3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.   5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander,