We are having a retreat on Saturday 5th March.
Where: Mazenod Retreat Centre in Germinston, JHB.
Times: 07: 15 – Meet at St Peters
16:30 – Back at St Peters
(Transport will be arranged)
Cost: R110 per person
Theme: “All who are thirsty”
So what is a retreat, you may wonder?
The idea of a retreat is to “pull away” (retreat) from the busyness of our lives so that we can connect with God. In quiet reflection, one would listen and delve into a deeper things with God.
So often in our relationship with God – we may feel “tired” or “drained” or “dry” – if so – then the retreat is a great idea for you.
If you are interested or want more info please contact Caroline or Joanne.
The Lenten Journey began this morning. A few of us gathered in the church this Ash Wednesday:
So, what are you giving up for lent?
Or, maybe, what are you taking on for lent?
REMEMBER, lent is about FOCUS.
WE take away or take on things / habits to FOCUS on Jesus as we approach Easter.
Here is a piece from TS Eliot that we read as the Benediction:
I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God. As, in a theatre,
The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed
With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness,
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Mark My words (Ash Wednesday)
“They” like placing marks on me
Marks that tend to remain…
If I do badly, they mark me with low marks
They mark me sinner
They say I’m unworthy
And I’m seeing that “they” have marks
of their own…
Marks that they know don’t what to do with
So they point out other’s marks
God, I’ve got many marks
Marks that make me feel unworthy…
And this very night
The man in front places a different kind of mark on me
A mark to remember
The marks You carry
Those marks on Your wrists and ankles…
Marks that mark me forgiven
Marks that say that I am worthy
Oh God, I’m sorry I placed those marks on You…
And I hear You say back to me:
“Mark My words, child you are mine.”
(D Hofland, 22 February 2007)
(Disclaimer. Last night, our QUIZ went well. But to be honest, I realized the “teaching bit” was too rushed and I didn’t express exactly, what I felt was laid on my heart*. *excuse the Christianize.)
So here is my second attempt, written. Grab a cup of coffee and have a break and ponder these words/thoughts:
– The nature of a QUIZ is that of a quiz master asking questions.
– Your role is to “answer” what you think the answer is.
– Jesus in a sense had(s) a “quiz” for us.
– He ask’s a pertinent question in Mark 8: 29
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
– Some of those earlier folk had suggested: He was a prophet. Some said he was John the Baptist or perhaps even Elijah.
– But Jesus wasn’t interested in hearsay.
– He wanted to know what THEY (the disciples) thought.
– And LIKEWISE – with you and I.
– Who do you say Jesus is?
– The way you answer that question, will show in how you live your life.
– It will show in how you express your faith.
– If we see Jesus as some sort of “spiritual vending machine” then we’d just keep asking Him for things. Is that a healthy relationship?
– If we see Jesus as our redeemer or saviour; perhaps we’d approach him with sincere gratitude and love.
– Who do you see Jesus as? A miracle worker? A friend?
– How would you answer that?
God speaks! Yes? Amen! 🙂
He speaks through His Holy Scriptures.
YET God also speaks through good Christian literature. Our library is up and running:
NEED SOME REASONS to read:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss
So do pop in and check out the books available. For more info: Speak to Caroline Heimann
Darrel enjoys writing. (He is a bit of a blogger.)
Over this Christmas week, each day he will be posting a short chapter of his Backwards Christmas Story at his blog called Sacred Spaces which can be found HERE
Do go and check it out; if you like.