The crowd that went ahead of him and that followed him was shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" - Matthew 21:9
We are in the season of Lent which encourages us to prepare for the Easter celebration. It is a time for reflection and self-examination. Because the Easter message is all about hope for the world, our challenge to everyone is not so much “what are you giving up for Lent?” Rather it is “To whom can I bring hope?” Every Sunday morning our service will have the theme “Hope Changes Everything – In Christ there is always hope!”
Readings for this week’s meditation: Hope is sure because Christ is King - Matthew 21-1-11; Matthew 26; Matthew 27: 27-66; Matthew 28;
When you pray for our church family, why not contact them – either phone call, sms, email etc – and let them know that they have been in your thoughts and prayers. This will be a great encouragement to all.
Pray for all the Easter services and camps that churches will be holding country wide that God will be glorified and that many will receive the message of Jesus.
The text below is taken from an email that was sent from Sipho Mahokoto (NRASD) to all church leaders this past week. I believe what is written is relevant for all Christians in SA to not just read and reflect but to take action.
Time for prayer and reflection:
"…The present reality is that our country needs us and our prayers more than before. Let us not only pray for peace and stability during the upcoming elections or for resolutions on the seriousness of the report of the Public Protector about Nkandla. South Africa has far reaching consequences that force us not to remain silent any longer. Let us therefore engage in intercessory prayer during this time for the direction in which our country is taking, for the escalating crime and violence in society, for the safety of our children and women who are victims of rape and murder in society, let us pray for the unethical behaviours in society that drives this country to a state of moral decay…
…As we commemorate, Jesus Christ, who suffered and bled to death on the cross, let us also reflect on the scars, wounds, bleeding and unhealthiness of our communities presently because of these injustices. The truth for reflection is that South Africa is a broken, unhealthy and disjointed society. The questions is, do we still have prophets to show us the way and the priests to give us hope and heal the nation?…"
Sunday 13 April
Pastor Peter Smallbones writes our weekly prayer letters. Read them here to keep up with our church, our people and our activities in our community and further afield.
Past Prayer Letters