Thursday, January 31, 2008
Without fail the lapse into self assertive ministry is around every corner of our daily dealings. The temptation exists that we forget the workings of God in our daily life. The sense of working out our salvation with ‘fear and trembling’ is no doubt to be taken seriously in the light of our ‘to do’ lists and crammed calendars. The worst of it is that people take second place to projects, administration and important church deliberations. In the mass of the worlds guru’s helping us organize our lives the covenant of heart and soul to God and others needs to be constituted deep in our daily preparations and its out workings.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sometimes the world is perceived as all against me, the feeling that every negative force is networked to trip up, to upset, to disengage vision, to detract, to spoil and corrode the security of who I am and why I am. The overbearing cosmic forces pressing in upon me and the paralysis of action and thought sets in. A breathless moment, a gasp for oxygen a cry for hope. It is the journey of the human soul in quest for spiritual union with God. The journey is not about mundane musings, impotent measures or tired rituals. The dynamics are beyond our domain names and prescribed limitations. Then the Other bursts in and all is changed as the psalmist writes about the transcendence of this God we serve, minister to and love with all our heart, soul and mind -
“In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
7Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
8Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
9He bowed the heavens, and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
10He rode on a cherub, and flew;
he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.
11He made darkness his covering around him,
his canopy thick clouds dark with water.
12Out of the brightness before him
there broke through his clouds
hailstones and coals of fire.
13The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice.*
14And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.
15Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
16He reached down from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of mighty waters."
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Reading a prayer by Andrew Wood, I identified with the words "Where can we join you, except in the taking of risks for the sake of the Kingdom?" Why this resonates is that I am doing something different in Lent that will shake up the lazy spiritual bones of the congregation. We are trying some intergenerational worship by bringing the evening worship service into the morning (more traditional) service and hopefully trying to experience the sense of being One in Christ. We are small enough to do it and hopefully we will perceive our worship together differently by the end of it all. It will no doubt ask the questions Jesus asked the first disciples "What are you looking for?" It is never easy stirring thing up like this. You sometimes wake up in a fright wondering if you are doing the right thing and then other times you are absolutely convinced it is what is needed. Oh, we only wish ministry was easy!!
Loving God, where can we find you, but in the lives of those in need? Where can we join you, except in the taking of risks for the sake of the Kingdom? And yet, God of grace, you find us, you join us. In our living and in our praying, you are there. May we keep alert to the possibilities brought to us by your son, Jesus, and ride the wave of your Spirit. Amen.
(Andrew Wood, Southampton District Chair)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The busiest January ever! We have hosted twenty Lutheran’s from ‘Trinity’ in California who have come to build an extension to our mission in Mpophomeni for the Masibumbane mission project. Currently I am in the middle of a January seminar training for student ministers which is hosted regionally as of this year. It is good to be in touch with the education system of the church again. To be stimulated by the guest speakers and having to read the set material for the probationer’s. The John Wesley College is saying a good-bye to Pretoria and will soon be in the heart of Pietermaritzburg just down the road from me. It has caused some heartache but I believe the setup in Pietermaritzburg is conducive and it provides a rich ecumenical environment. I will hopefully get to some blogging in the next week.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
By the way, sorry for the slow blogging. Somebody stole the cables somewhere that link to my DSL line !!! Ja, well, No, fine as we say in sunny South Africa.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008