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Holy Week 2016

During my preparations for Holy Week and the various services and devotions that we have planned as a congregation, I was struck again and again by how many groups of people were involved in the last week of Christ’s Life.

After His Triumphant Entry on Palm Sunday, Jesus started to lose friends and support quite quickly. We know that because His Time was almost at an end, He spoke quite directly to those who were listening and is not seen to once say those words that marked His early ministry, “Go, and make sure that you tell nobody what you have seen.”

His ministry in Jerusalem was marked by confrontation after confrontation with those who were looking for a reason to accuse Him and kill Him. It was almost as if the battle between the Light of the World and all of the darkness on earth became so acute that it could only end in one way … victory or defeat for one side. The darkness that covered Jerusalem on the day of His Crucifixion is quite telling when we consider how much darkness was in the hearts of the men and woman during His Time among us and in the times before and after His Death.

As I considered the passages relevant to the Crucifixion, I understood the meaning of “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.

Power, and all that comes with it, seemed to occupy the minds of all those associated with Jesus in one way or another. Those who held on to power or indeed wanted power, would do literally anything to grab hold of it. No longer was it a matter of God making men and woman who they are, or kingdoms and nations what they are … it was a time of ruthless ambition and a thirst for power that would not be satisfied.
This caused most souls to reveal themselves in a most dramatic way just as the ring of power had consumed and destroyed Gollum in Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. Power was “Precious” and had to be had at all costs, even if it meant the death of an innocent man. The plotting and scheming involved even one of Christ’s very own disciples, somebody we would have thought would have been immune to the evil that reached out all over Jerusalem and sought to consume the hearts of all men and woman. Lies, deceit, manipulation, hatred and even murder were entertained and given a home to flourish during that final week of our Lord’s Life.

Today we feel so far removed from the story and feel almost sanitized by this distance and remoteness contained in the Gospel accounts and yet I am convinced that this thing which is “Precious” remains with us all. We may feel that our desires and our covetousness and corruption are but small things when compared to that of our Government who seem to trample on the very people that they profess to represent but dear friends, it is the same fruit from the same tree. If we can manage a bit of corruption here and a bit of looking the other way there … we are well on our way to receiving the same judgement as those who broke into the Helen Suzman Foundation to steal and try and destroy that which would condemn them.

We will all stand before our Lord Jesus Christ one day and give an account for what we have done with our salvation that was purchased with such a great price on Calvary’s tree. I know it lurks within me and I know that sometimes I entertain it in my thoughts but I pray, that through the Grace given me by our Lord Jesus, that it will never have a chance to actually sprout and grow up until the point where it delivers its poisonous fruit of indifference, deceit and death.

I trust that as you read this friend and as you travel with me until the end of this Holy Week, that you too will allow God to look deep into your heart and to show you what is there.

May we all live secure in the knowledge of His Love and Grace but also in the knowledge of His Justice and Judgements. Amen.

MARK


From the Pastor’s Desk. July 2015

Dear Family and Friends of St. George’s,

It has been an interesting couple of weeks with us as all of the kids were sick in some way or another…the most notable being the boys and their chicken-pox!! We thank God that the storm seems to have passed.

Storms of a very different sort have been beating against the Church in the last few weeks as well-both here at St. George’s and around the world. We continue to press ahead with what we believe the Lord has called us to and we remain in prayer for those individuals and families that are experiencing hardships in various ways. Please remember to place your prayer requests in the Orange Book at the back of the sanctuary so that we are both aware of your needs and so that we can pray for you both corporately during the Sunday Worship Service as well as during the week as God’s Spirit reminds us to intercede constantly for all of the saints.

We are also aware of the spiritual distress that so many are going through around the world as they endure persecution at the hands of groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram and others. These believers need our constant prayers as well, especially as they often pay the highest price for the Name of Christ as they sacrifice their very lives for Him and His sake. Persecution and suffering, albeit on a more emotional level has as the secularization of the western nations gathers momentum and moral outrages are perpetrated by judicial activists bow to the pressure of those determined to attack, undermine and destroy our ancient and most Holy Faith. The latest judgement of the Supreme Court in the United States relating to same sex marriage is a case in point. Nothing has been as significant and hostile to the Christian Faith and Christian Marriage since the equally unholy Roe vs. Wade judgement that legalized the murder of the most innocent among us-little babies in their mothers’ wombs. In the face of this we might want to retreat and remain silent about our Faith but friends that is exactly what we need to resist.

Historically, the Church has always flourished when it has been in a state of apparent weakness and under various types of persecution and so we need to take courage, not only from the example of the saints that have gone before us but also of Holy Scripture. This falling away from the faith was prophesied (@ Thess. 2v1-11 *v10-11) but even in the face of this Christ promised us that HE WILL BUILD HIS CHURCH AND THAT NOTHING WILL PREVAIL AGAINST IT (Matthew 16v13-20). Paul reminds of the mystery of struggle and suffering when he said it is only when we are weak in our own strength that Christ can be strong in us and through us and that regardless of how things may seem His Grace is always enough to see us through any trial that would befall us (2 Corinthians 12v1-100.

It is indeed a challenging time in which we live and for those of us who have built our lives and our faith upon the Solid Rock of Jesus we have nothing to fear even as those who called themselves Christians but were careless with their faith are swept away by heresy and immorality because they built upon the sands of human opinion, human excess and depravity and seem bent on cultural suicide (Matthew 7v24-27). Dear friends, we have to examine ourselves and consider where we stand with regards to the One that we call Christ…will we become even quieter in our witness, join those who call themselves believers but are determined to accommodate the “world” to the point of remaking our Faith into little more than a sick, shallow and anaemic version of itself that will eventually suffer the judgements of our Lord OR will we allow the Holy Spirit to use these events to ignite within us a faith that is even more alive, more contagious and more determined to Love both Christ and to share that Love with a world that is literally dying to know because they do not know Him. Freinds, we all have a decision to make…may God give us the boldness and courage to remain faithful even as we wait for His Glorious Appearing.

Lotsaluv

Mark


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“I was glad when they said to me,
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Psalm 122:1


From the Pastor’s Desk. December 2013

Dear Friends,

As we enter the Season of Advent, we find ourselves, once again asking where has the time gone? We ask this question of nobody in particular because we know very well that they are as confused as we are as to how the year seems to deny us more and more time as the years go by. We are reminded of our own mortality and the fact that every single one of us have been given only so many days to serve God and to make this world a lot better of a place than we found it in.

The word “Advent” means simply “Coming” and is to us as Christ’s Church, the season or time in which we reflect upon and remember the first coming into this world of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I say first coming because we are all convinced, in keeping with orthodox expressions of the Christian Faith that Christ will come again. His First and Second Coming are quite different and it is this that we are COMPELLED to tell the world about. In the first He was a Baby but in the second He is a Man; in the first He comes as a Servant but in the second He comes as a King; in the first He came to Save the world but in the second He comes to Judge the world…in the first He was the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world but in the second He is Lion of the Tribe of Judah who will Rule and Reign for all eternity and before whom every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is the Lord God Almighty. I pray that even as you read this letter, the Holy Spirit would impress upon all of our hearts the urgency of the fact that we must seek the Lord Jesus Christ while He still may be found…we have to consider how it is that we want our family, friends and neighbours to meet Christ, as the Lion or Lamb. May we make every effort to allow Christ to use us as His Herald’s to declare His Love for the world.

Looking forward to 2014, I am excited by many things and I pray that you would share in this excitement with me. Our men’s and ladies meetings will continue and added to that we will have two Bible Studies established on Wednesday’s. One will be in the morning for those who can make that time and the other will be in the evening…Val has graciously agreed to lead one and I will lead the other. Our prayer meetings will continue on Wednesday nights and Friday mornings with an added periods of fasting as the Lord directs us. Our Children’s Church will change shape a bit in order to rest our ever faithful teachers and we are trusting God that we will have a youth group established by the end of January. Our worship team, which has grown in leaps and bounds, will also consider the best way in which they can serve Christ but also have weekend’s off where they can just sit and worship instead of leading constantly from the front. We also plan to emphasize an Alpha Course after Easter but the success of that will be up to each and every one of us who call St. George’s home. There are one or two other items that are simmering in the background but I cannot tell you everything can I?

It has been a great blessing to serve you as your Pastor over the last few years and I look forward to many more together as we transform St. George’s into the Church that we all want it to be.

Lotsaluv

Mark


From the Pastor’s Desk. November 2013

Dear Friends,

I am always amazed at how different people experience the same thing. On the one hand there are people who love and appreciate an event, person or worship service but on the other are those who dislike (even hate) the same the very same experience. Sometimes, when we hear differing accounts of the same thing, we are often led to wonder, whether or not, the two people are talking about the same thing or whether they were at the same event. This, very obviously, has to do with preference most of the time. Sometimes it has to do with what we are used to and feel comfortable with. Obviously, it is okay for us to have those feelings because God has made us all different and we need to celebrate the diversity that we find among us. Could you imagine a scenario where all men looked like me L Taryn would be the only lady who actually thinks her husband is good looking!!!!! No, God made us different for His own Reasons and Purposes.

Obviously, this is a major sticking point though in many people’s lives because we naturally believe that everybody else has no taste in food, music, clothes, gardens, etc., etc., etc. I, for example, have been told quite often, by different people, that I have no sense of style and cannot be trusted to dress myself!!!! I however look at myself in the mirror and think that I look marvellous.

What happens though when we find these difficulties in the Church? When something is not a matter of doctrine or morality of course but a matter of preference? What should we do? As a congregation, we have gone through a lot of change in the last few years. Some of the change has been easy but some has been a challenge. As God leads us as a Church we will encounter even more change and I suspect that it may be slightly more radical than in the past. So what do we do? How do we react to things from a heart perspective? I use that wording deliberately because the heart is where everything begins hey? Once something has found a home in our hearts, it will not be very long before it finds expression in our lives through the things we say, the things we do and the attitudes we hold. Let us look at how Paul dealt with a very difficult and potentially divisive and schismatic situation in the life of the Early Church.

In 1 Corinthians 9v19-21 Paul has this say:

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.

Paul, in essence, is saying here that he always did what was best for the Church. He is saying that instead of insisting on his rights and freedoms as a believer, he forced himself to adapt to others so that he could serve them better and not offend them. He is saying, in essence, that he sought out the Will of God in a situation and did not insist on his own will because he knew that the Church was not about HIM but OTHERS. Friends, I am convinced, that when we are faced with matters of preference, that we need to adopt the same attitude so that Christ’s Church may flourish. We are not talking here of doctrinal or moral matters (or even obnoxious people) but simply what I would prefer.

May it be the prayer of our hearts, that we would ALWAYS consider the good of the Christ’s Mission and His Church above our own. Easy to say but very difficult to do…especially when we join in with the Life of the Church and start running into people and situations that look like me in a faded orange pair of shorts and purple shirt!!!!!

Lotsaluv

Mark


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