Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
This week I write just to encourage you. I am sure that by next week after Trustees and Chapter have met, I will have some notices for you.
Please pray for:
• Sithembiso Mbatha and Barnabas Nqindi who are ill;
• Sipho Luthuli who is on leave.
Please discuss your Stewardship Campaigns at Parish level – the Archdeaconry Stewardship Working group highlighted “Compliance” with the Churches Policies and Procedures (Canons and Rules) and good governance as the major issue that will assist with addressing Stewardship.
I encourage the Working Group to continue to work together to drive positive growth in our Church.
Thank you to the parishes that submitted budgets and have empowered me to respond to the 2022 Budget. While we are still not able to balance our Clergy budget due to non-payment, we are trusting that 2022 will see improvements in contribution to the central fund.
I hope that you were inspired by Anglicans Ablaze.
This next week is a Rogation week at which time we give thanks for the fruits of the land and sea, harvested through industry, agriculture, mining and commerce. Consumerism is the religion of our time, and it is the idolatry that we must stand against, and by drawing attention to the fact that the earth is the Lord’s and everything that dwells therein, (1 Cor 10:26) and that it is God who provides for us that we will ensure that the disciples of Christ restore Kingdom values in the workplace. We need to rebuild a circular economy that is just, fair and equitable and that is not built on greed and waste. We can all bring about a change to the corruption of Capitalism and the evils that the world economy brings upon all creation. May we take the time and effort to prayerful address the principal of being in the world and not of it, of living simply and caring for God’s earth.
What God requires of us is this. To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. Micah 6:8b
Almighty God and Father you have so ordered
our life that we are defendant on one another:
prosper those engaged in commerce and
industry and direct their minds and hands that
they may rightly use your gifts in the service of
others; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Remember that I am still looking for people, especially youth, to get involved with an
entrepreneurship program. I have a number of opportunities to share.
Above all, let us be faithful in prayer and submit to the Holy Spirit to guide us through these
troubled waters of our time. Remain faithful. The God who has called you is faithful and He
will not fail you.
Be assured of my love and prayers as we continue to strengthen as a Church.
Yours in the service of Christ.
Love and peace.
Revd. Andrew Manning.