Category Archives: Community

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 30TH APRIL – 21st – 27th MAY 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

1 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3 (NLT)

Many unsettling occurrences in world affairs dismay us. Please help to keep us grounded Lord as we pray about these issues and trust Your hand on them.

Please pray for:
• In the issues on land reform may the decisions made by those in authority be responsible and fair. May those who are impatient for change to take place learn patience as the enormity of the problem is unravelled and dealt with. Thank you Father that I have You with us in the midst of changes and transitions.
• The police and traffic officers as they handle the protests in Cato Ridge. Please keep the public and the officers safe. May the issues be speedily resolved so that there is a win–win scenario. Lord thank you for Your grace and the ability to keep our bearings on you when the going gets tough.
• Please be with the Uber drivers who are being attacked by those who believe they are being side-lined in the race for transporting commuters. Please help us to change our world through Love.
• Children are important to You Lord – racism seems to still be an issue in schools – so we ask Father that Your designs for everyone will come to fruition and that our diversity will be embraced and fear put on the back burner.
• Globally less than 20% of teens get enough exercise – Father please encourage parents to invest wisely in the lives of their off spring so that parents/ caregivers responsibly ensure that all their needs are met. May they be role models for their children in every area of their lives.
• We pray now for the endeavours of the Durban Mayor as she tackles customer service. Thank you Lord, for responsible leaders working tirelessly to improve our country. Bless those who are not corrupt or lazy or ineffectual.
• Please pray for those in Somali hit by a tropical cyclone. Please be with those who are homeless or in a precarious situation of health. Lord grace us with a vision of the world that You and we can create together. Help us to appreciate all resources and to cut away anything that isn’t part of Your hopes and aspirations for us.
Amen

The Upside

 

The Upside 10am 25th July 2017

“An economy of enough”

 

Join us alongside Dr. Craig Bartholomew who is the H Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Canada.

A South African by birth, he is the author of many books, most recently

Beyond the Modern Age: An Archaeology of Contemporary Culture,

co-authored with the Dutch economist Bob Goudzwaard.

Arrive early for a coffee

 

KNYSNA FIRE

As a result of the recent fires in Knysna we are sending donations to The Methodist Church in Knysna to help the victims of the fires.

You can either send your contributions to the :
Hillcrest Methodist Church
First National Bank
Branch code : 223726
Account No. : 62076173112
Reference : KNYSNA FIRE

or direct to:

The Methodist Church of SA, Knysna Society
First National Bank
Branch code : 210214
Account No. : 62000506529
Reference : KNYSNA FIRE

Thank you.

Sermon Series 5 – 11 June 2017

Trinity Sunday

Grace for God’s Community

(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 5th – 11th June 2017)

  1. READ Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a. The story of Creation is a familiar passage to us. Did you notice that though God separates light from darkness and day from night on the first day, but God doesn’t eliminate the darkness? Of course we are to shine a light into acts of darkness but periods darkness can be a time of growing and discovering more of God’s grace. How have you connected to God in a new way through an experience of darkness?

 

  1. The Sabbath, a day of rest is as important to our lives as service. God’s Spirit recreates our hearts and minds as we worship and rest. In what ways is God offering you and the community of faith rest?

 

  1. READ Psalm 8. Think of a clear, undimmed night sky! It’s alive and vibrant and ordered. In what ways can you thank God for experiences that confirm God’s presence as Creator?

 

  1. How can we as a faith community experience the awe of creation and hear anew God’s call to care for the earth?

 

  1. READ 2 Cor. 13:11-13. An interesting passage that speaks about conflict within the church community at Corinth. No faith community is immune to this kind of scenario. How can our faith in God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, enable us to be participants in seeking and bringing about unity and peace?

 

  1. READ Matthew 28:16-20. The Great Commission is a very familiar passage to us. Jesus promises the disciples that he’d be with them always. How have fellow believers witnessed to you when it’s been tough to believe?

 

  1. The Great Commission is for all believers. Many in our community and who cross our path daily long to hear that they can belong too. Who are these people in your life who need to hear the good news of acceptance, abundant grace and God’s amazing love?

PRAYER TOPICS:

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

  • We continue to pray for the our Nation.
  • We think of places where acts of terrorism have taken place: Manchester, London and Kabul. We remember our own nation and the upsurge of gender-based violence. We think of the Paris agreement – in the light of creation in our lectionary verses this week we cannot ignore this. Hold these place and people in prayer. Amen.

SEVEN QUESTIONS 30 APRIL 2017

3rd Sunday in Easter: A Chat Along the Road
Sunday 30th April
(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 24th to 30th April 2017)
ICE BREAKER: Tell of an interesting conversation you’ve had with a complete stranger.
FOCUS PASSAGE: Luke 24:13-35
1. Read Luke 24:13-35. What are your immediate thoughts/observations about this passage?
2. Looking at the events spoken about in the passage, do you think there were or weren’t good reasons for these two men to be discouraged?
3. Jesus displays great patience with these men. Read Psalm 62:8 and Hebrews 4:16. What do these passages tell us of God’s endless patience with us? What can we learn from these two readings?
4. Romans 10:17 says that, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” How did Jesus open the word to them? How well are we listening in order to receive a fresh understanding of the Word of God?
5. Have you ever had a ‘burning within you’ experience? How as this a blessing to you? Share this with your group – what lesson/impact did it have on your walk of faith?
6. When it comes to our faith and service to God – what do you think it means to have a burning heart – and how will others recognise Jesus as they interact with you?
7. The ‘breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:30, 35) refers to a meal and not the Lord’s Supper – he revealed himself during a common meal – how have you experienced Jesus work in this way in your life of the life of the community? What was the blessing in this instance?
PRAYER TOPIC: Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.
Pray for our Nation, for her Leaders, for Organisational Leaders. Pray for bold leaders who will speak truth and lead with integrity. Pray for wisdom in decisions taken so that the needs of all people of considered and served.
Pray for the Nations, especially for Syria; and the Trump/Putin debacle.
Pray for the on-going Enviroserv issue – especially that those involved will be transparent and where necessary to take responsibility, so that all people can breathe pure and clean air.
Amen.