SACC CALLS FOR MOMENTS OF PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Tuesday March 24 2015, the National Church Leaders Forum – which was
recently launched as part of the South African Council of Churches
renewal program – announced its intention to address the increasing
dissonance within the South African socio-political space.
body of church leaders across the broader South African spectrum, the
Forum is alarmed at the perceived "cancer of corruption" rapidly
chipping away at the core of the South African moral fibre from every
angle of our society; the creeping disregard for the Constitution as
well as the debilitating instability playing itself out at key
government and parastatal institutions. These all reflect a worrying
trend that, if left unchecked, could prove dire for the future stability
of this country.
The church leaders are calling on South African
churches to commit themselves to pray and act for the advancement of
the South African post-apartheid promise. This call is extended to all
South Africans. The goal is to realise a just, reconciled, prosperous
and equitable society; free of hunger and want, free of racial, tribal
and gender prejudices, free of corruption and deprivation, and with
enough food and shelter for every citizen.
The SACC will shortly
be announcing its participation in the War of Poverty, in collaboration
with all three tiers of government, building on existing pilot programs
with proven success.
It is clear that the church body cannot
achieve this on its own, and in light of the national crisis
experienced, and the urgent need to restore and raise up the great South
African promise of a reconciled and prosperous society with enough for
all, the National Church Leaders Forum calls on all willing South Africans to observe three special moments of prayer in the next two months.
These moments of prayer will take place on Good Friday April 3; On the Eve of Freedom Day, April 26; and on The Day of Pentecost, May 24.
On Good Friday April the 3rd, the
Forum intends to pray to ease the load of pain being experienced in our
homes, communities and the nation. As a society, a time for reflection
is required on the various ills that plague our society, including but
not limited to wanton rape and domestic violence, abandoned families and
children without care, fearsome crime that is holding society
(especially women and children) hostages at home and unsafe in public
places, and rampant corruption in government and in business which
compounds the challenges of poverty and deprivation.
On April 26, the Sunday before Freedom Day:
Church leaders call on church members to recognize the 21st Anniversary
of Democracy, and on the occasion to pray for the promise of South
Africa: The post-apartheid promise of a just, reconciled and equitable
society, free of racial, tribal and gender prejudices, free of
corruption and deprivation, and with enough food and shelter for every
citizen; and for each child born to grow to their God given potential.
call is to pray for the fullness of freedom to come of age at 21, that
the road towards overcoming the conditions that deny us the joy of the
promise of South Africa, may be paved with our efforts beyond Freedom
On the Day of Pentecost on May 24:
Church leaders call on churches to use this major festival of the Holy
Spirit to pray for God to empower their 2015 efforts to eradicate
poverty in their midst, and for them to have the discipline to not
participate in corruption, and the courage to rebuke those within their
range who do corruption; even leaders in government and business.
To pray the 1897 prayer of Enoch Sontonga:
Yihla Moya oyiNgcwele, usisikelele thina lusapho lwayo (iAfrika) -
Come Holy Spirit and bless us children of Africa;
Morena boloka sechaba sa heso!
National Church Leaders Forum hopes that all the people of South Africa
and all those who reside within its borders will join in prayer on
those days, in an effort to ensure that as this great country of ours
comes of age, it reclaims its position as a beacon of hope and equality.