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Taking Responsibility for our Common Home

Taking Responsibility for our Common Home

Bruce explained, “The Israelites, God’s people, fought many wars after entering the promised land.  They believed that God approved and was always on their side, but they learned a hard lesson.   When the Philistines beat them they thought that bringing, the Ark of...

The Sounds of Silence

The Sounds of Silence

Promise referred the group to a famous song called ‘The Sound of Silence.’  “In one’s mind it creates almost a frightening picture. The words include “people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening.”  But in the silence one imagines destruction, no...

Hannah’s prayer still relevant today

Hannah’s prayer still relevant today

Bruce explained the prayer of Hannah and its connection with the Magnificat to the group. “Hannah lived more than a 100 years before Jesus.  She was a childless wife, mocked by her husband’s other wife.  She came to pray in the temple. Eli the priest, after listening...

Baptism a beginning and a calling

Baptism a beginning and a calling

When their new baby was baptised Yolanda and Aubrey explained the meaning and task of baptism to the older children.  “Gone are the days when some people were called and chosen for ministry and the rest of us were just ordinary members of the church, doing only what...

Was Jesus’ baptism an example for us?

Was Jesus’ baptism an example for us?

Discussing the feast of the Baptism of the Lord Zodwa wanted to know, “Did Jesus really need to be baptised? Surely he was already a child of God, God’s son. Was he formalising baptism, something that he wanted us to be part of and do the same? The social activities...

All Wrongdoing is Sin, a Rupture in Relationships.

All Wrongdoing is Sin, a Rupture in Relationships.

Audrey shared in the group, “We learned about sin in the adult classes but I am not all that clear about sin that is deadly.” George helped out, “we don’t talk about sin as mortal or venial these days, but I’ve always liked the definition that says, sin is a breakdown...

Memory and the Importance of Health and Wellbeing

Memory and the Importance of Health and Wellbeing

Could we see HIV/AIDS as the “leprosy” of our time?   Even after more than 20 years there is still a degree of stigma attached, although not as much as before.  No doubt the availability of ARVs has had an impact, but even today infections still happen too often and...

Learning to Love begins in a Family.

Learning to Love begins in a Family.

Jack explained,  “These last holidays were an interesting time for us with a large extended family meeting together.  It really made us realise there is work to be done on our relationships.  Mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law,  sisters and sisters-in-law,   brothers...

Perfect Love casts out Fear.

Perfect Love casts out Fear.

Ephraim noted, “With all the violence that goes on around us these days it isn’t only children who are afraid.  Parents don’t let kids, especially girls, go out alone, or at night. We ourselves are also afraid and I suppose when I watched an incident of xenophobia...

Holy Innocents,   Family Thought 28 December

Holy Innocents, Family Thought 28 December

Matthew’s gospel tells the story of the three foreign Wise Men who were seeking a new king and bringing him gifts. But it also tells how King Herod out of jealousy and fear about a possible new king of the Jews ordered the murder of all baby boys in Bethlehem.  Joseph...

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