Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
It has been a wet and cold week and our hearts go out to those who are suffering as a result. Thank you to all who have contributed to our winter warmth campaign and assisted those in need. As St James writes “If one of you tells him, “Go in peace; stay warm and well fed,” but does not provide for his physical needs, what good is that? So too, faith by itself, if it does not result in action, is dead. (James 2:16 &17)
As we celebrate World environment day, I continue to encourage you take to heart the 5th Mark of Mission to “safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” We serve and worship the Creator God, the cosmos is God’s and all that is in it.
Environmental issues are social justice issues, they are economic issues, they are health issues they are caring issues.
The “Anglican Creation Care Network of Natal.” Launched our #MyriversMysea 2021 project in which we aim to raise awareness about Water related issues and pollution and get parishes involved in doing something about it. Networking with the people of our parishes around critical issues of Water Resource management, pollution control, sustainable development, Eco-justice, and doing what God created us to do.
In this campaign we are calling on Parishes to identify their local river system, find out what is being done in their community and arrange a clean-up day for September 18th – the idea is to choose a spot – clean it up and celebrate the Eucharist right there. We will be running a Social media campaign and invite you all to get involved. In Genesis 2:15 we are told to “work and care for the Garden of Eden that God has created. “
I encourage you to engage with the prayer series being run each evening and available on WhatsApp and Facebook, deepening our prayer life is a critical part of our spirituality and faith. If this season is teaching us anything, it is that we need to take responsibility for our relationship with God and persevere and be diligent and seek the Lord with all our heart.
In the words of St Paul: “Him (Jesus) we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in : Christ. “ My dear fellow pilgrims let us not tire, but let us wait upon the Lord, let us lean on him and be revitalized in our faith. Let us uphold one another in prayer and uplift one another with encouragement.
May the God of peace fill you with all wisdom as you trust in him.
Love and Peace.