Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
John 20:11 “And Mary (Magdalene) stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped and looked into the tomb.”
Perhaps it is the empty church, that has me lingering at the tomb this year. Appreciating what it must have been like for the first disciples of the resurrection. Jesus has risen, there are rumors of Him being seen. The Disciples are uncertain of what resurrection will mean for them, what God has in store for them. They have never been through this before.
I met with the Good Shepherd Council last night and we discussed our concerns about you. Our faith should be the thing that we are leaning on the most right now. We trust God, we know He is in control, we know that nothing can separate us from His love, but we look into the tomb which is the church as we knew it, our regular pattern of worship, our confidence in the worship life of the community, and we weep.
We are trying everything we can to interact with and hold this community together and are aware of the limitations and obstacles. We will be reorganizing our communications to do our best to effectively minister to you at this time.
I will send out separate communication in that regard.
I again remind you that you can interact with me on Facebook, (Facebook messenger), Twitter (@2Phil2), Instagram, WhatsApp, SMS, telephone call, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the websites. We are prevented from using semaphore, smoke signals and Morse code because of the line of sight issue.
Communication is essential at this time and we realize that some of what we have been trying has been misunderstood, we will work at resolving those issues.
I cannot overemphasize the role of prayer in your life. I encourage those who are able, to make use of the 24/7 prayer course available through the WEBSITE. http://www.stmaryskingsburgh.co.za/24-7-prayer-course-online-workshop/
On Sunday we will celebrate the Eucharist together at 08h00 and I encourage you to (if possible) join us on Zoom for that service – it will be available on Facebook later in the day. I need to clarify our Theology of the Eucharist at this point and inform you that we see no problem with consecrating elements “remotely.” What we will require, is that people who want to share in communion, have bread and wine ready and join in service – it is the unity under God through Jesus Christ and held together by the authority given to the Church (vested in the Priest) that we “do this in remembrance of Christ.” Communion is a Sacrament – an outward sign of an invisible and inward grace. Should you sincerely come before the Lord and join in this sacrament, it can be done – our connection via a digital platform is not vicarious – it’s not like watching TV – our unity is through our Spiritual bond with each other and it is our intentional gathering together in our homes that unites us into being, one body for we all partake of the one bread. That’s why you can’t just do communion on your own because it does not acknowledge (adequately) our unity in Christ, the one body! I encourage you to prayerfully consider this it is important.
We continue to meet daily in prayer at 08h00 and at 16h00.
We will send out the Zoom links but I include them here too. These can be used every day.
Meeting ID: 755 1689 3946
Meeting ID: 741 9531 1909
Be assured of my prayers. God loves you and so do I.
From one who walks as a servant among you.