From The Rector's Desk

From The Rector’s Desk

Christ the King. He Reigns!

Well, it is the end of the liturgical year. We made it. God be praised! We have much to be thankful for and need to call to mind and thank God for the things that He has done for us. It is also time to be reminded that, firstly we are His subjects, Christ is King and we are called to serve Him and live for Him. And secondly, if we are His subjects we ought to remember that this world is not our home. We are citizens of the Kingdom of God and ambassadors to the earth. All too often we get too caught up in the world and forget that Christ came into the world to draw us out of it, sanctify us and then send us back, with a new purpose, a new heart and a new mandate.

As we go into the New Year, may we be mindful of our status  in the Kingdom, not just our circumstances on earth,

Advent also brings me to a “pilgrimage” as I go on a Sabbatical and holiday with my family. A time to reflect and revitalize my ministry and to receive restoration and redirection.

May God bless you all abundantly.

You will hear from me in the Pew bulletin each week, and we will see each other again in January 2019.

May God bless you and your families.

Rector.

Fr. Andrew Manning

From The Rector's Desk

From The Rector’s Desk

Greetings and welcome to No(way)vember!

Yes, the Liturgical year is over in just a few weeks and we begin with Advent shortly. With exams and year end functions and scrambling to complete things that have been agenda items for 2018, it is a busy month.

I’m writing this at the end of a very special day of the year “All Saints”. A day on which we give thanks to God for the “unsung heroes” of our lives. We all have people in our lives who have made an enormous contribution. Your Sunday School Teachers and other spiritual guides from your youth, parents, godparents and grandparents who have now gone to be with the Lord; but were instrumental in making you who you are. Then there are the disciples of Jesus who made an impact on the world through their faithfulness. We were just reflecting on the people who wrote the creeds for example, people who wrestled with heresy and differences of opinion and grappled with who God is, so that you can recite a creed of what you believe. You need to thank them for such things that came at no cost to you, but are of eternal value. So, thank you God for all the Saints, known and unknown, recognized and unrecognized, who helped shape our lives and our world.

Just to clarify one or two things: When I said I wished to go on a Sabbatical – I did not mean for a whole year. I will be back in January, and again I say that the purpose is to spend time in prayer and study preparing for 2019.

Our confirmation service on 11 November will be conducted by Bishop Tsietsi. He and his wife Rachel will travel down on Saturday, be hosted by the Parish of St Mary’s, and will conduct the 9am service of Confirmation at the Good Shepherd. After the service we will have fellowship together over a bring and share “brunch”.

My prayer for you this week is from Philippians 1:9-11 “And my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Be assured of my prayers for you.

Rector.