Lectionary Selection: Matthew 20:1-16
Prayers for South Africa:
Thank you for your outpouring of grace. You are kind and generous to all your children. Teach us to see others with your eyes and be just as forgiving. Thank you for the healing that results when we are quick to forgive. Bless and keep South Africa and her people during these years of mending the wounds of injustice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
It is with deep sadness, sorrow and pain that we inform you of the passing on of the UCCSA General Secretary – The Rev Alistair Arends. Rev Arends was diagnosed with cancer and has not been well for some time now. He has been in and out of hospital over the past few months, after being discharged in June 2017, his condition was stabilized and was recuperating very well. However, on Monday we received the tragic news that he has been called to higher service.Read more
Todos ustedes, los que confían en Dios, ¡anímense y sean valientes! Salmo 31:24
Muchos turistas comparten sus historias de relajación sin precedentes y alojamiento impresionantemente hermoso mientras visitaba la patria. Para ellos, Ciudad del Cabo es el paraíso. Sin embargo, decenas de sudafricanos luchan diariamente con las injusticias que no se mencionan que fluyen del “apartheid” o segregación racial. Bajo la superficie glamorosa de la ciudad se encuentran las realidades a menudo no declaradas de los ciudadanos de Ciudad del Cabo que viven en condiciones indescriptiblemente horribles.Read more
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in God.
Many tourists share their stories of unparalleled relaxation and breathtakingly beautiful accommodations while visiting the motherland. To them, Cape Town is paradise. Yet scores of South Africans struggle daily from the unaddressed injustices that flow from apartheid. Underneath the city’s glamorous surface are the often-unreported realities of Cape Town citizens who live in unspeakably horrible conditions.
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
Prayers for South Africa:
Gracious and loving God, our world is horribly broken and wounded. Due to systemic sin that manifests itself in racism, sexism and homophobia, even "saints" are inevitably and often unknowingly "sinners." None of us are without sin, especially as it regards the destruction of your Creation. Yet, your ministry teaches us that all are loved by God and can be reconciled to God. Inspire us not to judge and condemn others to be irredeemable. Equip us not to behave hypocritically. Enable our humility to encourage others to confess their sin and to repent as we have. Remind us through your reconciling presence that you have come to save the lost sinner and not necessarily the self-righteous saint. Empower us to be agents of reconciliation, not division, by recognizing the division within ourselves. Equip us to be conduits of your mercy and forgiveness by offering the gift of salvation to all people and to your Creation. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.
May 5, 2016
The United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, operating in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, has noted with deep concern the alarming escalation of conflict, gloom and discord in South Africa, with much of the ire directed at and centred around the person and actions of President Jacob Zuma. The ill-judged events that unfolded on Thursday 30 March and Friday 31 March with the cabinet reshuffle, has left a revolting stain on the social fabric of the nation, pushing the country to a dangerous precipice of social strife and unrest. As expected, South Africa is already witnessing the negative impact of the decisions and actions of the President, the very person entrusted with safeguarding the collective interest of the State and all the peoples of South Africa.Read more
The joy comes in participating and witnessing healing, growth and new life. This is the core of the message of Jesus that is fully revealed during the Season of Lent and Easter. John 10:10 I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.Read more
When sharing the news of my move to Cape Town, I pause to take in the shear excitement and awe that people convey to me. In response to this news, I’m often given a list of tourist activities to partake in and various sights to visit. Many tourists share their stories of unparalleled relaxation and breathtakingly beautiful accommodations while visiting the motherland. To them, Cape Town is paradise. However, scores of South Africans who struggle daily from the unaddressed injustices that flow from apartheid see this land quite differently. Accordingly, travelers who look underneath the city’s glamorous surface learn of the often-unreported realities of Cape Town citizens who live in unspeakably horrible conditions.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 11:1-45
Prayers for South Africa:
God of Grace.
God of love, peace, and everlasting healing,
We thank you for the hope that you enrich us with on a daily basis. Even for the new mercies that we see every morning.
Bless us with the energy and the resolve to proclaim and live your love and your justice throughout all of our experiences and encounters. By your grace and mercy, make it possible for humanity to feel your holy and healing power through our collective ministry. We pray that through our ministry your redemptive love will restore broken lives in every corner of the world, and particularly among the women of Ons Plek in Cape Town, South Africa.
We know that your love will overcome fear and your mercy can restore life and hope to every segment of the world where people live in squalor and in misery. We ask that you restore broken lives and mend fragmented families through the work of Ons Plek. Give continued strength and wisdom to the staff of Ons Plek that they may be agents of transformation and joy for the young women of Ons Plek and their families.
We ask these blessings in the beloved name of Jesus, Amen.Read more