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An organogram of the new structures has been received by iindaba.
I would like to inform you that the composition of the
Bishop’s Consultative Council (afterwards referred to as the
Bishop’s Council) will be in line with the proposal of Judge
Mervyn King, namely that the representation of people in every church
structure should be from among all concerned, not only a few who seem
to make decisions for themselves. We therefore have looked seriously at
lay involvement in the Bishop’s Council as well.
The restructuring will entail four archdeaconries as follows:
“Epiphany” means ‘to show forth’ and is usually associated with the showing forth to the Gentile world, (represented by the Magi), of the Truth of the observation of Simeon in the Nunc Dimittis; ie That here in the Christ-child in his arms is indeed seen “the Light to lighten the Gentiles” who is at the same time “the glory of Israel.” The RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) held its 80th Birthday with an Epiphany-tide Summer School in Port Elizabeth, which was our privilege.
Housed at the Collegiate School for Girls the main Acts of
Worship were at our Cathedral. Each service was a masterpiece of
commitment, good music and deep prayerfulness. Truly the
“School” sowed forth that deep adoration expressed by the
Wise Men. ‘The Liturgy of Water’ was a remarkable
proclamation of Salvation.
The Epiphany High Mass with its African rhythms, drums, instruments, massed choir and brilliant sermon by the chaplain (Simon Aiken – Subdean of Bloemfontein), under the direction of Gordon Appleton from London, assisted by guest conductor Christopher Moore, was a Festival of Adoration. It will live long in the hearts and memories of the hundreds that filled the cathedral.
Perhaps the moment of highest emotive spirituality was
when one of our choristers sang a very special setting of the Agnus
Dei. We were ‘lumps in throat and tears in eyes’ as we
emotionally prostrated before The Lamb of God – our Peace.
The sensitivity and experience of Barry Smith at the organ made us realize that here, leading the best of worship, were the experts. This was no mere ‘spiritual entertainment’ but a delicate mixture of old, new, African and controlled liturgical ‘magic’ (magi-c) calling every knee to bow at the Holy Name of Jesus.
Sadly, despite letters, information to the media and other requests for publicity, let alone participation, the support given by local clergy, organists and choir members was a disappointment, if not disgrace. The cathedral, as the host parish, pulled out all the stops, (to wisely use that phrase); and warden Randolph Koen and various helpers rose to the occasion.
It is interesting that when some celebrate d’vali,
ramadan, eid, chanukha, or other non-Christian so called
‘purification’ events, huge half-pagearticles appear in the
papers. When a significant Christian observation occurs, and publicity
is requested, a very belated ‘bit’ is printed and the
caption to the photo in The Herald is incorrect.
The Summer School will not come our way again for some years, but when it does so, will there be any committed worshipping Anglicans (and their ecumenical friends) left to participate? I fear we are too hell-bent on making services ‘pleasing to man’ rather than proclaiming the glory and majesty of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus.
Many Anglican congregations complain about the ‘casualness’ that has robbed our Church of the ‘otherness’ (numinous) in our worship that was so palpable. Personally, I believe it’s never “either / or”, but a special blending of bringing out of our treasures ‘things old and new’. With his mandolin (guitar of the time) and Gospel words to popular tunes of the day, God’s Troubadour (Francis of Assisi) reconverted all the Central States of Italy, and brought the Gospel alive to the wholemoribund world and church.
“With gold of obedience and incense of lowliness, kneel and adore Him, the Lord is His Name.”
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