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Sunday Services: Said Eucharist 07:00
Sung Eucharist & Junior Church 09:00 [Junior Church closed for holidays]
Monday: Said Eucharist 19:00
Wednesday: Said Eucharist 09:30
Theme for 2017: Committed to God's Mission
Seasons of Creation 4
Week 1: Biodiversity
Job 28:1-11; Psalm 148; 1 Timothy 4:1-5; Matthew 6:25-33
The Living Blue Planet
“From its foundation and by its very nature, the church is cosmos-orientated. It was a modern and a dangerous contraction when the church came to be narrowed down to the human world. But if the church is cosmos-orientated, then the ecological crisis of earthly creation is the church’s own crisis, for through this destruction of the earth - the church is destroyed. When the weaker creatures die, the whole community of creation suffers”
Jürgen Moltmann, The Source of Life: The Holy Spirit and the Theology of Life
Week 2: Land
Genesis 12:1-10; Psalm 126; Acts 4:32-37; Mark 4:26-34
LAND, PEOPLE AND PLACE.
Land is mentioned 2000 times in the Old Testament and 250 times in the New Testament. There are more references to land than to faith or repentance or baptism. It is a central theme of Biblical faith.
The story of Israel is the story of “the chosen people in the promised land”. The Bible teaches us how to live as real people in a fallen world in a real geographical location.
Week 3: Water
Ezekiel 47:1-12; Psalm 65; Revelation 22:1-5; John 4:4-15
Water is a very important theme in the Scriptures. It is mentioned 722 times in the Bible! From Genesis to Revelations the word of God flows with references and images of water.
“When believers in Jesus accept what the word says about our role as earth keepers (and water savers), and we cherish, respect and honour water as a gift of God that has been freely given to us, we will find our reservoirs full, spiritually and literally.”
Adapted from presentation by Sue Viljoen at A Rocha AGM
Week 4: Climate Change
Genesis 7:11 – 8:4; 9:8-15; Psalm 24; Romans 8:18-27; Mark 16:1-8
Our Changing World: Climate Change
Projections tell us that by 2050 Africa will be producing 50% less food as a result of climate change. As more and more carbon pollution is pumped into the atmosphere, it forms a blanket that is warming the Earth. Droughts will become much more common and water shortages more severe. Who needs to act? – Politicians, scientists? What is God saying to us as the Church?
Week 5: Need not Greed
Exodus 16:13-21; Psalm 104:26-35; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Luke 12:1-31
Parable of the Rich Fool – “Jesus said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Tibetan Proverb: “The secret of living longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure . . .”
Friendship with God How God’s offer of intimate relationship can change your life, Trevor Hudson, 2015, Struik Christian Media (Pty) Ltd., Cape Town, South Africa.
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