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LENTEN GREGOREO

 

OF THE ELCSA - COD IN THE LUTHER DECADE- REFORMATION & TOLERANCE YEAR - 2013
Rounded Rectangle: IN THIS ISSUE:  PREMIER SNIPPETS FROM THE        THEOLOGICAL INSIGHT OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER                                                     ECCE HOMO….Behold the Man!                                         FOOD 4 THOUGHT LUTHER DECADE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INTERCESSION is called FORDear Reader,
I hope you will agree with me that Lent is generally not a time of focusing on the fear for God per se. Luther made sure of that.  Towards this, the mere fact that you subscribe to this period of introspection has resulted that you know about the love of Christ for you and that He substituted Himself on your behalf. Lent is sometime rather a time of discomfort with the state of my affairs and my relationship with God.

I would like to bring the focus back in this issue to the wrath of God towards sin, to show the seriousness of this matter at about 33AD and currently. Do make time to think about the issues raised.
May the God of Peace really abide with you! Shalom Aleichem.

Blessed be the one who reads this issue

 


PREMIER SNIPPETS FROM THE THEOLOGICAL INSIGHT
OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
REALITY and GRACE

‘It is only when one knows the ineffability of the name of God that one can utter the name of Jesus Christ. It is only when one loves life and the earth so much that without them everything would be gone, that one can believe in the resurrection and a new world.  It is only when one submits to the law that one can speak of grace, and only when one sees the anger and wrath of God hanging like grim realities over the head of  one’s enemies that one can know something of what it means to love them and forgive them’ (Letters and Papers of Prison)

We can accept God’s good gifts too easily. Grace can be accepted only when we face our inabilities. Forgiveness can be embraced only when we lay bare our wrongdoing, and hope can be imparted only when we face the realities of our own despair.

Meditation
Genuine gifts are for those who acknowledge genuine needs.
 (From: Ringma. C. Seize the day with Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

 

ECCE HOMO….Behold the Man!
These are the Latin version of the words Pilate used when he presented Christ to the crowd after the flagellation (whipping) of Christ, the crowning with thorns and the mocking of Christ. (Joh 19:5.)

What was the cause of all these suffering? What did He do wrong to justify this?  Why was He so cruelly mistreated?
Behold the men and women in South Africa

Senzeni na?

 

LOOK TO CALVARY...
WHAT IS GOD’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS SIN?
Ever wanted to know how God feel about sin?  Is He very understanding and complacent about it? Not such a big deal?  So where does this concept of the wrath of God come from? Some tremble at the idea of the wrath of God. How can we escape it? Where could we hide? What can we do to stop it?

If we want to know how serious God treat the consequences of our wrongdoing against Him and his creation we can look to the experiences of Jesus. Despised, in anguish, fear, mocked, humiliated, shackled, beaten, tortured, crucified He atoned for sin.  It could not go unpunished and Jesus Christ took the wrap for our misdeeds.

SOME FOOD 4 THOUGHT 4 THE LENTEN PILGRIMAGE
WHAT CAN I DO AS AN EXPRESSION/ SIGN OF THANKS?

We may not know, we cannot tell what pain He had to bear…, but we can be grateful for the SUBSTITUTION that took place. Do we have anything of value to make up for Calvary? What can I sacrifice? Will gold and silver suffice gems and precious stones? Unfortunately not! Nothing will suffice!

However we can struggle to grasp what happened on Calvary and confess our part to it. We can try to act differently under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We can crucify the flesh and evil deeds. We can deny Satan, his ways and means as a sign of sorrow.
The old things will only come to an end on Christ’s call (Rev. 21:4) but we can strive towards eliminating them already.  Hereto, we can submit our character for a makeover. This will entail suffering, perseverance, hope. (Rom 5:3, 4)
The bottom line is submitting to the will of God personally and encourages others to do likewise.

LUTHER DECADE
TOLERANCE-SOME THOUGHTS
Definition: The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others. 
Is it a sign of Christians going soft?
Are we DENYING/ recanting our principles?
Are we weakening our cause?        
Are we allowing others to grow/ GAIN ground at our expense?
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace Eph. 4: 2- 3

 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness James 3:17-18

LINGERINGS THOUGHTS/GOOD INTENTIONS
That came my way the last weeks…
“This is the mystery of divine grace for sinners; for by a wonderful exchange our sins are now not ours, but Christ’s, and Christ’s righteousness is not Christ’s, but ours” Martin Luther                             

Dear Pastors
Warm greetings during this special time of Lent. May your journey with Christ be memorable and special as you rediscover anew the Passion of Christ.

As you know, Christian Education is the heart-throb of the Church and should thus never be neglected. I would thus like to share the attached proposed strategy for Christian Education that I prepared, keeping in mind that this is based on a 5yr plan. More details can be added later should you wish for me to do so. I do value your input and would appreciate your feedback please. For the 1st yr the focus will be on the training of Sunday school teachers with the roll out of the Living in Christ Resources. Linked to this will be the capacity building of the Clergy w.r.t. the Confirmation Resources. Sunday school teachers will also be equipped with the skill to arrange winter/summer school programs for the children. I would like permission to liaise with the Deans of the circuits in order to arrange for the Sunday School Teacher training as a matter of urgency please to ensure that the training dates are taken up in the calendar of the circuits and that CE can be included in the budgets of the circuits. My correspondence to the Deans will come via the office.

Many Thanks and Kind Regards

Rev Jeconiah Plaatjies

                                                 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: IS IT IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO INVEST IN IT?
The Eastern Diocese reported a budget of R165000 annually for Christian education. Annually some 43 Sunday school and Confirmation class teachers are trained. Lay preachers are prohibited of standing before the congregation without training. Training comprised Preacher’s Life style, Sermon preparation, Church Practice, Sunday and Funeral Liturgy, etc. To date 147 Lay preachers are certified. 

This is the exception to the rule. Cape Orange Diocese, like others, should do deep introspection about what it mean for Christian Education to be a Core-Ministry in the Church. Can we continue to expect to reap if we do not sow? Can we expect competent elders, teachers, leaders, members, if we do not invest time, effort, money and training into them. How can we expect people to witness, partake in the mission of God, confidently, if we do not equip them?

Our priorities need to be put under the spotlight. Where do we invest? What do we preach about? What causes are we passionate about? Are we building and beautifying physical (church) structures only or people-human capital via education and training?
ELCSA wants and can grow with 10%, but what will be the value of these soldiers, followers of Christ if they are not partaking in making the world a transformed place and that due to lack of knowledge and training?

INTERCESSION is called FOR, for
-Our elders & their families for health, wisdom &insight
Malagasy population (in the South) devastated by a cyclone 
-Our anti-corruption plans in South Africa
-The government for wisdom how to respond to the financial needs of her electorate

THE GLOBAL LUTHERAN WITNESS TO ADVOCATE TOLENCE
WHATEVER HAPPENS IN 2013!

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel. (Phil.1:27)

NEXT TIME…or in their own time
Messages from the Bishop, President, Executive Secretary, Executive Treasurer, Deans….

HAVE YOUR SAY
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