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• A prayer against violence
• Historic appointment
• A very special wedding
• Br Roger remembered
• Mercy ship to be decommissioned
A prayer against violence
Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
That through your death on the Cross
You disarmed the powers of evil.
Help us, we pray you, to enter
Into your victory
And to take a stand in your authority
Against all evil.
Send forth your light and your truth, O Lord.
Bring to light the deeds of darkness
And let plans of violence
And murder be defeated.
By the power of your Holy Spirit
Win over those who have allowed
Their minds to be dominated by evil.
O Lord, to true repentance
That they may receive your new life
And rejoice in your forgiving love. Amen.
The Revd Cecil Kerr
Diocesan history is being made
with the appointment, from the end of January, 2006, of Sharon Nell as
the rector of the Zwartkops River Valley Parish.
Sharon, the assistant curate at St Hugh’s in Newton Park, will be
instituted on Sunday 12 February. The service will probably take place
at St Nicholas in Redhouse, as that is the larger of the two churches
in the parish.
Zwartkops River Valley Parish also made history in this diocese when it
became the first formerly 'white’ parish to accept the
appointment of a black priest. In April 2000 Bishop Eric Pike offered
them Solomon Nkesiga as their rector, and they willingly accepted him.
The parish consists of St Agnes in Swartkops and St Nicholas in
Sharon and her husband, Piet, celebrated their silver wedding
anniversary last month. This fitted in well with the Golden Jubilee
celebrations at St Hugh’s, as a Renewal of Marriage Vows had been
held there on the Sunday before their anniversary. Sharon followed her
anniversary by celebrating her birthday the next day.Churchwarden Geoff
Booth sent out the following news-flash when the appointment was
confirmed: “In accordance with an ancient tradition, white smoke
is released above the Vatican when a new Pope is elected. We
don’t have that technology at our disposal, but a new rector has
been elected! Yesterday, Tuesday 4 October, the Parish Council
unanimously recommended that Sharon Nell be appointed as rector of ZRV,
to take effect when she finishes her annual leave on 23 January 2006. I
am sure that all parishioners will join in welcoming Sharon and her
husband Piet to the Parish, and will remember them in prayer as they
prepare to take on this new ministry.”
Diana Nkesiga, also a priest, who stayed on in South Africa when
Solomon returned to Uganda during July, leaves on 4 December to join
him. She had to finish her contract with Hospice, and had been a pillar
of strength to the ZRV parish during their interregnum. Iindaba hears
that she will be in Cape Town next year as the representative for the
Diocese of Uganda at an AIDs conference. This hard-working couple were
much loved by all in the ZRV.
Maureen Lamb will be leaving St Saviour's in Walmer to take over the position of counsellor to Hospice when Diana leaves.
Iindaba wishes all three of these wonderful women clergy much joy and many blessings in their new positions.
A very special wedding
The 09h00 service on 18
September at St Saviour’s in Walmer was no ordinary Eucharist,
because Fana Steven Robile, a care-worker for Operation Smile, and the
church car guard, was married to Zoliswa Mengu.
The church was full for this very special wedding as many of the 07h30
service parishioners were present to wish Steven and Zoliswa well. The
rector, Eddie Daniels, took care of the legal part of the ceremony, and
Maureen Lamb took over to lead the couple through their vows and
exchanging of rings. After the service, a wedding feast was served in
the hall where people could congratulate the couple and view some of
the presents they had received.
Steven began his association with St Saviour’s in 1997 as a car
guard. Over the years, he not only showed his ability to serve, but he
also showed initiative and a willingness to learn. In June 2003, Steven
began to work as a paid care-worker for Operation Smile, and since that
time, through their structures of caring, he has also started a diploma
course with the Early Learning Centre.
Steven, worked until recently, at Provincial Hospital, where he served
soup and bread to the street people and vagrants from early morning.
This helped reduce the numbers by the time the hospital care teams
arrived at 09h00. At that point, Steven helped the various out-patient
teams complete their duties as hospital care volunteers. They serve
soup, bread and coffee to the patients who are waiting to be seen, as
well as the second round of vagrants and street people. Maureen
Lamb, who is the deacon at St Saviour's, has mentored Steven, and told
Iindaba, "Steven's main respon-sibility has been keeping the tearoom
clean, making the soup and coffee, and supporting the many ecumenical
teams so that their own ministry of care and encounter is not inhibited
by “all things temporal”. After his rest and honeymoon
period, Steven will be in training to become a storeman, whilst
Sindiso (another care-worker), will take over the hospital duties
each day. He has through his own quiet diligence and caring, earned the
respect and care of many at St Saviour’s."
The very full church and the many beautiful gifts given to the couple
by the parishioners was confirmation of this last statement. Iindaba
adds their congratulations to the special couple.
Br Roger remembered
Br Roger, the founder of the
Taizé community in France, was remembered at a special service
at All Saints’ in Kabega Park on Sunday night 1 October.
The evening service at All Saints’ was a traditional Taizé
one with quiet contemplative music, prayer and silence, encouraging the
congregation to give thanks for the life of Br Roger who founded the
Taizé community. The sanctuary was filled with candles and
flowers, and after a reading of Br Roger's views on prayer, members of
the congregation brought candles to the front to pay homage to his life.
Taizé at St Hugh’s
As part of their celebrations, St Hugh’s hosted the annual
diocesan Taizé service on Sunday night 28 August, shortly after
Brother Roger's death. Once again Robert Penrith and his team of
singers and musicians, including the St Hugh's choir, led a most
beautiful and sacred event - reflecting on the graciousness of God, and
giving thanks for the life and witness of Br Roger. After the service
the congregation went through to the hall where delicious soup and
different breads and rolls were served.
As always, it was a blessèd Taizé service.
Mercy ship to be decommissioned
Quentin Foster, aboard the mercy ship MV Anastasis writes, “We
received some really sad news last week at the Community meeting, that
the ship is to be decommissioned. This will happen after the Liberia
Outreach, when she will be taken out of service due to her age.
Please pray that the transition will go smoothly, and pray for the crew
who were hard hit by this news, especially families who have been
onboard for many years.”
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