Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Call to Prayer for Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Bishop Charles Albertyn

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba calls on Anglicans in the Diocese of Cape Town to say special prayers for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at their Sunday services on August 30.

The Diocese is also arranging a Prayer Service for Archbishop Tutu at the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel, at 3pm on Sunday September 6.

The service will enable people to gather in a public act of worship to support Father Desmond and the Tutu family as he recovers from infection and to celebrate his continuing ministry and presence among us.

It will also give us the opportunity to offer prayers for our deeply-loved former Bishop Suffragan, Bishop Charles Albertyn, who is very ill at the moment.

Choirs, poets, brass bands and the Bonteheuwel-based Jazz Academy are all being asked to showcase their talents at the September 6 service.

The Church of the Resurrection is at 24 David Profit Street, Bonteheuwel.

GPS: 33°56'45.0"S 18°32'38.3"E

Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/swWMp

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Anglicans called to join worldwide Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Anglican Communion bishops beat the drum for climate justice
(From the Anglican Communion News Service)

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, has called on Anglicans everywhere to join Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and other Christians in a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Sermon at a Combined Confirmation Service for Anglican Schools in Cape Town

Sermon preached at Herschel Girls School on Sunday 23rd August 2015:

Readings: 1 Kings 8:22-30; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

May I speak in the name of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Thanksgiving and Farewell Service for Nomfundo Kwini, Johannesburg

Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 113; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 11:27-28

May I speak in the name of God who is Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen.

Dear Nomfundo and Kwini family, what a joy it is for Lungi and I to share in today’s celebrations! Thank you for your invitation to preach and celebrate at this farewell Mass on the Feast of St Mary the Virgin.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

To the Laos – To the People of God - Theological Education Sunday

Dear People of God, 

We bring a special focus across Southern Africa this month to the importance of training Anglicans for ministry, leading up to Theological Education Sunday on August 23. But in South Africa, we also mark Women's Day, so a word about that also.

At the Elective Assembly we held in the Diocese of Natal last month - where the diocese elected Bishop Dino Gabriel, currently the Bishop of Zululand, as Natal's new bishop - an articulate young woman challenged us never to forget the needs of women in the elective process. We would do well to heed her words as we select leaders and make other choices as the leadership of the church.

On Theological Education Sunday last year, we raised about a million rand for the College of the Transfiguration (COTT), our full-time training institution for the ordained ministry. This year, we are appealing to all of you again to give generously.

Friday, 24 July 2015

An Appeal for Prayer for a Landmark Event in the Life of our Church


Dear People of God,

I write to share with you my excitement over a forthcoming landmark event in the life of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

In just over six weeks' time, representatives from all 28 dioceses, including experts in strategic planning, will hold two meetings, back-to-back, in which the Province will seize a Kairos moment to review our Vision and Mission as a church, to strategise around ways to implement our priorities, and then to make practical decisions on how to implement them in a manner that is productive, holistic and transformative.