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CHILDREN’S CHURCH MESSAGE
YOUTH IMPACT MESSAGE
PRAYER inter – NET
While we do not have access to the prayer net in our church to request prayer on behalf of those we love, please make use of the “contact me” section at the bottom of our bulletin. Any prayer request that you may send through will be treated with the highest confidentiality by our prayer team.
FAMILIES FOR PRAYER THIS WEEK
We have not published our family’s contact details. Should you wish to give them a call this week, please phone the office and we will supply the numbers you are looking for. We ask that you hold each and every one of them in your prayers, lifting them up to God with thanks and love.
Susan & Peter Pyke
Graham & Sandy Read
Delvin & DesrayReck
Magriet & Bob Reddering
Please keep Charl Weaving in your prayers as she and her family grieve the passing of her husband Corrie.
LET YOUR CREATIVITY GLOW AND FLOW!
FLOWER POWER & COOKIE COMFORT
A BEEEEG shout out to our Pastoral Team for their determination to find new ways to reach out to many of our church family who just needed to know that we love, miss and care for them! Pastor Colleen, God continues to use you and your team in a beautiful and creative way.
WELL NOW ..!
What would Thursday be like without a delicious piece of yumminess and a spiritual piece of pie dropping into our whatsapp? Thank you Gloria and your “Girls” for continuing to bake up a storm and for tickling our taste buds and making our hearts sing!
STMC ASKS YOU TO CONTINUE DIGGING DEEP
As our little town continues to live with the reality of the Corona Virus, the impact of the loss of jobs is being felt deeply not only in our church family but in our wider community. We appeal to everyone who has the means, to continue in your compassionate support of the various projects that are working hard for justice and mercy.
STMC FOOD COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
STMC continues to be the food collection and distribution centre during the COVID-19 lockdown. The centre is managed by the Covid-19 response team. As the reality of the lockdown digs in please help us to sustain this work, to prevent people from going hungry. Trolleys may be found at Woolies, Pick ‘n Pay and Melville’s Spar and Beacon IsleKwikspar. Groceries may also be delivered to St. Thomas between 9am – 12 noon. These groceries are distributed to soup kitchens and people in need. If you are aware of someone who is in need please contact us with the details. We will pass this on to the team who will take it from there.
Oil | Long life Milk | Sardines | Bully Beef | Tinned Tomatoes & Onion Mix | Samp | Red beans | Salt | Stock cubes | Soup mix | Rice | Soup Powder | Tea | Coffee
e’Pap is a major source of nutrition for children where food resources are scarce. It has been distributed extensively thousands of children and their families for many weeks, and is presently the only source of food in many households. For more information please contact Liz Van Niekerk 084 710 7334
FAITH FOR DAILY LIVING
FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
A DESCENDANT OF DAVID?
“Jesus Christ, a descendant of David”. Matt 1:1 GNB
The human race is a strange mixture of the bright and brilliant, the slow and stupid, the good, the bad and the ugly. And Jesus was a member of this community of human beings. Many have thought it strange that anyone would want to portray Jesus as a descendant of King David. While David was the greatest king of the Israelites – and they revere him to this day – he was also a man “with feet of clay”.
In the middle of his reign as king, David succumbed to that temptation which has been the downfall of many. Observing a
married woman, Bathsheba, while she was bathing, David used his authority to order that she be sent to his palace and there he committed adultery with her. In a callous move, David arranged for Bathsheba’s husband to be killed in battle. Then he married her, and she gave birth to a son. And the comment of the Bible is “The Lord was not pleased with what David had done” (2 Samuel 11:27 GNB).
So Jesus was descended from a man who was an adulterer and a murderer! In other words, he was descended from a blatant
sinner. We see in David something of that strange mix in human nature – good and evil. And some of the psalms he wrote – that are included in our Bible – are beautiful prayers that have been used for centuries. This all goes to show that Jesus was fully human, that he became part of the human race and knew its sadness and understood its duplicity and its fallen nature.
And he died to lift it up, to redeem it and save it. And he redeems you with your frailties and faults as well.
Lord, help me to resist all temptation.
SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
DANGER IS ALWAYS AROUND
“An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up’, he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him’”. Matt 2:13 NIV
L ife is hazardous. Death stalks the roads. Planes crash and people are killed. Criminals attack people in their homes.
Various diseases break out in different places. The world is never free from war. Civil unrest is a common problem. Terrorism is widespread – sometimes striking in what are usually regarded as “safe” countries. Recently a news bulletin reported that eight million people are starving in one African country with a population of no more than fifteen million people.
In the days of the Bible wars were common. And wild animals roamed in many places. And Jesus was in danger the moment he was born. The threat from Herod reminds us that Jesus was in imminent danger. In this regard he was subject to the normal conditions and hazards of human life. There were jealous enemies around. And when he embarked on his life’s ministry there were soon people plotting to kill him – for religious reasons!
Christian believers too have to cope with the normal dangers that pose risks to life and limb. Floods and earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and many more risks are ever near. Don’t ignore them. Take wise precautions. Form “Neighbourhood Watches” for defensive protection and offer help to others. Trust in God and use your “savvy”. Consider keeping a big dog to deter would-be intruders. Form telephone networks to warn others and to keep yourself “in the know” when trouble is around. Make sure you have proper insurance against storm damage.
Lord, protect me and my family from danger.
SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
JOHN THE BAPTIST
“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea”. Matt 3:1 NIV
“T he emergence of John was like the sudden sounding of the voice of God. At this time the Jews were sadly conscious that
the voice of the prophets spoke no more. They said that for four hundred years there had been no prophet. Throughout the long centuries the voice of prophecy had been silent. As they put it themselves, ‘There was no voice, not any that answered’. But in John the prophetic voice spoke again. What then were the characteristics of John and his message?
He fearlessly denounced evil wherever he might find it. If Herod the king sinned by contracting an evil and unlawful marriage, John rebuked him. If the Sadduccees and Pharisees, the leaders of orthodox religion, the churchmen of their day, were sunk in ritualistic formalism, John never hesitated to say so. If the ordinary people were living lives which were unaware of God, John would tell them so. Wherever John saw evil – in the state, in the Church, in the crowd – he fearlessly rebuked it. He was like a light which lit up the dark places in society; he was like wind which swept from God throughout the country. It was said of a famous journalist who was great, but who never quite fulfilled the work he might have done, ‘He was perhaps not easily enough disturbed’. There is still a place in the Christian message for warning and denunciation” (W.
Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, p35).
When leading churchmen utter words which question and denounce wrongs in society or government, believing Christians
should support them. It takes courage to speak truth to power. But when God demands it, men of God should hear and obey.
Lord, move your servants to speak truth to power today.
MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
JOHN THE BAPTIST
“John the Baptist came preaching”. Matt 3:1 NIV
John the Baptist was no “Doom-Jonah”. In some ways it is easy to denounce what is wrong. There is so much of it! Some
pulpits pour out negative messages about what is wrong. People want to know, “Is there a word from the Lord?” “John urgently summoned people to righteousness. His message was not a mere negative denunciation; it was a positive erecting of the moral standards of God. He not only denounced people for what they had done; he summoned them to what they
ought to do. He not only condemned people for what they were; he challenged them to be what they could be. He was like a voice calling people to higher things. He not only rebuked evil, he also set before people the good.
John came from God. He came out of the desert. He came to people only after he had undergone lonely years of preparation by God. One commentator said, ‘John leapt, as it were, into the arena full-grown and full-armed’. He came, not with some opinion of his own, but with a message from God. Before he spoke to people he had companied long with God.
John pointed beyond himself. The man was not only a light to illumine evil, a voice to rebuke sin, he was also a signpost to God. It was not himself he wished people to see; he wished to prepare them for the one who was to come” (W. Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, p36).
Odd figure that he was, John filled a vital role. He prepared people for Jesus with his message of the kingdom. He was a bit
like a trailer that whets people’s appetites for the real movie.
Lord, let me be ready for Jesus.
TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER
“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near’”. Matt 3:1, 2 NIV
T o repent means literally to re-think, or to see things differently. It can have many variant shades of meaning. Above all else it implies “change”. It can involve a deep sense of remorse or regret for the things we have done. Sometimes one big mistake or sin can bring us to the need to repent. It also implies to start again. “Repentance means more than remorse (though remorse may well be included in it); it means more than resolving to ‘do better’, in the manner of making New Year resolutions. Repentance means having a change of heart, an entirely different attitude to life; it means adopting God’s viewpoint in place of our own. That is why repentance is central to Christianity and why, when Jesus commenced his ministry, he began to preach ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel (Mk 1:14 RSV). If we
don’t start with repentance, we don’t start at all. But the proof of repentance is a radical change of heart” (The Soldier’s Armoury, 1971 p16).
Take a long, hard look at yourself in relation to God and what God wants you to be. Be honest about your faults, your attitudes, your use of time, of money, and your relationships. Is the pattern and standard of Christ reflected in your life and your character? Look also at your strengths – sometimes this is where we come a cropper and fail God completely. We tend to be blind to ourselves and our strengths tend to hide our weaknesses. Then engage yourself in a radical change of mind.
Lord, help me to undergo this
radical change of mind and life.
WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER
THE KINGDOM HAS ARRIVED
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near”. Matt 3:2 NIV
T he Revd Trevor Hudson recounted an embarrassing experience he had when seeking to enter the ministry. “It was a
nerve-wracking moment. I had resigned from secular employment and offered myself as a candidate for the ordained ministry. The first requirement involved passing an oral examination before the annual Synod. Examining me was a bishop well known for his direct and stern approach. His first question seemed simple enough. ‘Tell me, Mr Hudson’, asked the bishop, ‘what was the central message of Jesus?’ ‘Forgiveness of sins, sir!’ I shot back immediately. ‘No’ responded the bishop, matter of factly. ‘Peace on earth, sir’ I tried again, remembering a line from the chorus of the heavenly host that startled sleepy shepherds in the middle of the night. ‘No’ said the bishop again, as my face I’m sure began to redden. By this time, I thought it would be best for me to give up trying and I said so. Leaning over his desk the bishop caught my eyes in his solid gaze and said, ‘I want you never, never to forget that the main message of Jesus was, the kingdom of God is at hand’” (T. Hudson, Signposts to Spirituality, p47)
It was not only the key to Christ’s own message. It was the thrust of John the Baptist’s call as well. There were other kingdoms competing for people’s allegiance. The Roman Empire was one. Herod the King’s rule was dominant at that time. And other empires were clamouring for people’s loyalty as well, including other religions.
Never forget that John called people to observe and serve the kingdom of God. So did Jesus. Decide now that you will serve God and no other king.
Lord, make me a servant of the king of kings.
THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
“The kingdom of heaven has come near”. Matt 3:2 NIV
I t is important for Christian believers to grasp just what is meant by “the kingdom of God” (or heaven). So much of the gospel record of Christ’s life and teaching relates to this reality. For one thing the kingdom of God refers to the fact that God is the sovereign Lord whose rule is the final and ultimate reality in the universe. God rules over creation. He rules over and guides the affairs of human beings – and history. Whilst evil is real and present and causes untold misery and harm, God, the opposite of evil, is working his purpose as well, often unseen and unrecognized. The kingdom also refers to the good working of God for human life and joy. The miracles of Jesus are all a demonstration of how God defeats or overcomes the evil that works against the happiness and welfare of people. In this regard, whenever secular scientists come up with a new cure for some dreaded disease – that can be regarded as God overcoming that aspect of human misery. It further refers to God working against the sinful ways of human beings. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had lost contact with God and were peddling traditions and laws which prevented people from knowing God as a personal Lord, friend and Saviour. Jesus opposed them and pointed people to God the Father – that was a kingdom act. In Jesus – in all that he taught, all that he did and all that he stood for – the kingly rule of God was present impacting on the lives of ordinary men and women.
Seek the kingdom of God in your life. Discern God and Christ throughout your life, for he is still as near today as he was then.
Lord, rule in my life.
FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
“This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, A voice of one calling in the wilderness ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him’”. Matt 3:3 NIV
Matthew’s Gospel is interesting. The author goes to considerable lengths to depict the events of Jesus’ life as fulfilling some aspect of Old Testament prophecy. In this way Matthew’s presentation of Jesus forms a link between the Old and New Testaments – and between Judaism and Christianity.
The passage in Isaiah chapter 40 is full of the sense that God is about to break into human life in a dramatic way. But there
are rough places in this world. There are mountains in awkward places, valleys that are steep, and paths that are crooked. We cannot present such inhospitable territory to God or his servant. So when he comes there is preparatory work in order to welcome him.
God’s ultimate coming is the final act of all history. We cannot inaugurate that coming. But we can prepare for it – “leveling
valleys and straightening roads”. So Christian believers are called to do “the things before the last things”. Some of those things would be to care for little children who are abandoned or abused. It would be one of the preparatory things to eradicate poverty, to enrich the lives of ordinary people and to give them dignity. Combating pollution would make the
earth a better place for God to come to, as would a world without weapons of war. Millions of people in the world are without adequate food and a world dedicated to removing hunger would be a better place for God to come to. We might call all these things parts of “God’s dream”. He calls us to bend our best efforts for him.
Lord, show me how to prepare the way for you.
SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
A REAL ODD BALL
“John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey”.
Matt 3:4 NIV
People in the public eye today make a big thing of their attire. Some of them even employ consultants to advise them what
sort of clothes to wear, the colour that is best to catch the eye, and how often they should change. If they are likely to be featured on television, they go to even greater lengths to see that they catch the eye and don’t make any faux pas in their appearance .
John the Baptist was not in that league! But no doubt his strange rigout helped to draw attention to both himself and his message. He was clearly no city slicker. He was something of a spectacle. And his message was a direct word straight from God. He was a throw-back to the tradition of the prophets and he wanted to get his vital message across. And God used him. In his choice of servants God is not confined to the conventional, the highbrow and the popular. When God wanted a servant to get to grips with the dreadful conditions in the East End of London in the nineteenth century, and someone to take the message of salvation to the people living there in degradation and squalor, he chose William Booth. Booth decided to leave the ranks of the polite and conventional suburban ministry and struck out with something completely different – a Christian
military system that he called “The Salvation Army”. Booth did research that studied the underworld of London and called it
“Darkest England”. It shook the establishment to the core. And his approach was mightily effective.
Don’t poor scorn on unconventional people or methods. God is very resourceful!
Lord, use mightily whatever people you can.
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