PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD : 05 – 11 MARCH 2018

 

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

Prayer for our country and the world

When David dedicated his great house of cedar – he prayed the following: “ I will extol You oh Lord- for You have lifted me up”. Psalm 30.  In this house David had a retreat where he could feel safe, secure, rested and rejuvenated.  In everyday life, particularly if one is underprivileged, one suffers many indignities.  There is no retreat from the harshness of life – no safe place to run to. Let us pray today that everyone can turn to God for their House of Cedar – their rest and healing. Reverend Crundwell gave us all a very visual sermon on how ‘garbage” – greed, lust, corruption, envy etc. permeates the world – but Jesus has taken all of this and nailed to the cross, has released us from all of this – so why do we worry? When the storms come – God is our firm foundation, our House of Cedar.

Please pray for:

  • The fact that there is nepotism in awarding teaching posts as well as kickbacks. Posts are being lucratively “sold” to the highest bidder regardless of their qualification.
  • Leaders who claim to be “men of god” but who in fact preach and teach a false and highly alarming doctrine. 
  • The ongoing strike at DUT which is affecting the lives of those who genuinely want to study.
  • The new ANC leader and the new cabinet who hopefully transition to responsibly governing our country – rather than bolstering the reputation of a party.
  • Overcrowded classrooms
  • The land issue – leave it in the hands of the Lord.
  • Illegal haulage
  • Inclement bad weather overseas. 

Lord we cry out to You now to restore- restore morality, love, compassion, empathy and justice in our society. Please straighten out the broken areas of our lives and the lives of others. Please break the strongholds in our lives and those strongholds that are choking our country.

James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom; let him ask of God who gives liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Amen.

SEVEN QUESTIONS HMC STUDY FOR THE WEEK OF 5TH – 11TH MARCH 2018 Lent #4

LENT #4

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 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 5th – 11th  March 2018)

ICE BREAKER: What has been the hardest thing/experience that you’ve had to share with someone else? How did they respond to you?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Num. 21:4-9; Ps 107:1-3, 17-22; Eph. 2:1-10 & Jn. 3:14-21READ: Numbers 21:4-9. The people are complaining. What do you think is at the root of complaining and what spiritual consequences could result in continued complaining?

  1. READ: Numbers 21:4-9. The people are complaining. What do you think is at the root of complaining and what spiritual consequences could result in continued complaining?
  1. What do you think is the fuller meaning of the bronze snake hanging on the pole? How does our understanding of this passage enrich our faith in God and the work of the cross?
  1. READ: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22. How can you be brave and courageous to share your thanks and praise to God this week (v1-3)? When you’ve made a mess of things, how do you deal with this and how does this Psalm encourage you (v 17-22)?
  1. READ: Ephesians 2:1-10. Paul reminds the Ephesians of the reality of personal sin (1-3). When you reflect on the past (sins especially) what emotion does it evoke in you – one of guilt and shame or one of gratefulness? Why?
  1. From verse 4 Paul encourages us that we don’t need to continue to live in our ‘old way’ of being. What is your experience – do you live with the past hanging over your head or are you embracing your freedom and redemption in Christ?
  1. READ: John 3:14-21. This is the end of Jesus’ conversation/teaching with Nicodemus, when he asked how are we to be reborn. What does verse 16 teach us about the nature of God’s love when we think about God and about our neighbour?
  1. What is your response when others don’t want to obey the statutes of God? Do you get offended and defensive? Or if you try to encourage them to live in a different way how do you go about this?

 

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD : 26 FEBRUARY 2018 – 4 MARCH 2018

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

Prayers for our Country

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge”

Psalm 62:8

Please pray for : 

  • The new cabinet – for wisdom, integrity, and determination to bring government departments back on track
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa – To seek God’s guidance as he steers our country and makes decisions
  • Rain in the Cape – for the drought to break
  • Strike at DUT – for a conclusion so students may return to study
  • An end to violence and killings – for the police to gain credibility and solve crimes more efficiently.
  • For our Country to heal and move forward in a miraculous way

“You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures for it is quaking”

Psalm 60:2

Amen.

SEVEN QUESTIONS HMC STUDY FOR THE WEEK OF 26TH FEBRUARY – 4TH MARCH 2018

Lent #3

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 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 26th February to 4th March 2018)

ICE BREAKER: We are into the 3rd week of Lent – How goes it with your soul?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:1; 1 Cor. 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

  1. READ: Exodus 20:1-17. The 10 Commandments were designed to lead Israel to a life of practical holiness; to meet the needs of each individual in a loving and responsible manner and to show the nature of God and God’s plan for how they should live. What do they mean to you? Do they help you in the ways described above? Why or why not?
  1. READ: Psalm 19. A beautiful Psalm that focusses on God’s creation and reveal God’s greatness. In what ways does God reveal himself through nature, scripture and daily experiences in the words of this Psalm? What can we learn through these revelations?
  1. READ: 1 Cor. 1:18-25. Paul writes: To non-believers the message of the cross seems to be foolish but God’s way of thinking is not like the worlds way of thinking. The message of the cross for those who believe in God it is a message that demonstrates God’s power. What do you understand about the message of the cross?
  1. We can spend a lifetime accumulating wisdom but never learn how to have a personal relationship with God. Through Jesus Christ we received eternal life, which the world cannot offer us. How can/do you share this message with others, especially a world that worships power, influence and wealth?
  1. God’s power is demonstrated through the resurrection of Jesus. How have you experienced God’s power at work in your own life – what testimony do you have to share?
  1. READ: John 2:13-22. The people and leaders had forgotten that God’s house is a place of worship! Jesus exercised righteous indignation as their disrespect for this. Today are there things that would spark Jesus righteous indignation, in the church and even in the wider community? What could our response be as Disciples of Christ?
  1. We know now that Jesus referred to the Resurrection and not to a building, and is powerful proof that Jesus is who he claimed to be – Lord, Saviour and Messiah. Do we trust in the power of Jesus’ gift of forgiveness?

 

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.

 

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD : 19 FEBRUARY 2018 – 25 FEBRUARY 2018

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

“I will exalt you, my God and King,

And praise your name forever and ever.

I will praise you every day;

Yes I will praise you forever.

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

No one can measure his greatness.” Psalm 145:1-2 (NLT)

Bring your offering of praise to God as you prepare to pray for community, nation and our world.

The past week has been a momentous time in the life of our Nation – we’ve seen peaceful resolution to the change in our Presidency and rain has fallen in the Western Cape. We give thanks and praise to our Lord for answered prayer.

This week please continue to pray for the ongoing political struggles within our Government, especially

  • For President Ramaphosa as he has to navigate through and pick up the pieces of a broken system. May God give him wisdom, discernment and courage in the changes that are necessary
  • Pray for a spirit of togetherness and servant leadership within parliament and government so that the needs of all will be taken into account.
  • Pray for the Godly values and moral to be the cornerstone of our nation.

Continue to pray for:

  • Rain for the Western Cape and regions in the Eastern Cape.
  • Our education system from early childhood development to tertiary. Pray that funding becomes available to those who need it most.
  • A willingness to seek to learn and to work, especially those who have lost all hope in this regard.

Amen.

SEVEN QUESTIONS HMC STUDY FOR THE WEEK OF 19TH– 25TH FEBRUARY 2018

Lent #2

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 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 19 – 25th February 2018)

 

ICE BREAKER: Where has been the ‘strangest/oddest’ place that you have shared your faith in Christ? Share that experience with your group.

 

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Genesis 17:1-7 ; Ps 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38

  1. READ: Genesis 17:1-7. God renames Abram to Abraham, meaning “Father of many”. This is a significant change and reminder to Abraham. What attributes is God calling Abraham to and what does God promise to Abraham?
  1. READ: Ps 22:22-31. A beautiful praise Psalm. What promises are made in this Psalm? What does it say of our relationship with God and our continued proclamation of faith so that future generations will know God?
  1. READ: Romans 4:13-25. Faith, rituals and salvation. What does Paul say about this in verses 13-17?
  1. Although Abraham’s life was marked by mistakes, sin, failures as well as wisdom and goodness, he never doubted God. In your experience, do others know you’re a Christian in the unexpected places of work and recreation?
  1. Have you ever concealed your faith in Christ, or changed who you are and what you believe to ‘fit in’? What was the reason for this?
  1. READ: Mark 8:31-28. The Christian life is not a paved road to wealth and ease. Obstacles and hardships often occur. How do you still follow Christ in those moments and how have these challenging experiences strengthened your faith?
  1. Carrying our cross and losing our life for the sake of spreading the Good News of Christ seem daunting, even scary. Do you find it hard to surrender everything about yourself to the authority of Christ? How is your life and example of faith in action, especially where (places) others don’t expect this?

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.