St Francis TIDINGS
St Francis of Assisi Parish Newsletter
St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church,
373 Milner Street, Waterkloof, 0181 Tel. 012-346 1106/7, Fax: 346 4226.
Thank you for the prompt response to last edition's appeal for new material for Tidings. In this St. Francis Tidings we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Church Hall. Rob Lewis updates us on the status of the interregnum and Heatherlynn on the results of the St Francis car rally. Thereafter there is a veritable pot pourri of articles, from church activities at the Olympic Games, to the Archbishop of Canterbury's views of therapy and false gods. Happy reading.
Can you believe that we are in the last quarter of this year! What a year it has been so far, and what a year it will continue to be.
Coming up soon is the 50th anniversary of the first church built on this site. This is dealt with more extensively elsewhere in this edition, but suffice to say it will be a time to realise how good God has been to us over the years, to remember the people who have ministered and worshipped here (some of whom continue to do so!), and to reminisce about events and experiences.
Coming up before the end of the year, I hope, (don't we all!?) will be the appointment of our new rector. After much prayer and various informal discussions we have asked one of the applicants on our initial short list to formally apply to the Bishop for the position. The Bishop has indicated that he is happy with the applicant - all that needs to happen now is for the formal interviews to take place and a final decision made.
Please continue to pray for the process - which I know has been a long one - but I think we are now in the final straight.
On that note, a personal thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have consistently been praying for me, the clergy, other church wardens and parish councillors. There have been times when I have really felt sustained by the Lord, and only the Lord, because all else seemed to be running against me! I have also experienced times when, faced with difficult decisions or awkward moments, I have had that flash of inspiration that has amazed me! (I have asked this question before, but why am I always amazed when God answers prayers!?) Without your prayers and support I'm not sure that I would have survived this year. Thank you.
They say that interregnums bring out new leadership talent and ministries. That has certainly happened this year. A significant ministry that began this year is that of the Guided Prayer team which I have been privileged to experience. During a period of five days your prayer guide walks alongside you on a journey of prayer. They are not there to counsel or direct, simply to be a companion. It was a humbling experience, but an exhilarating one, as God spoke to me in two distinct ways from the same passage. It was a particularly difficult week, and my prayer guide walked with me through it all.
The Parish Council has also given their full support to Yolande Trainor and Grant Thistlewhite to explore a calling they feel to the ordained ministry. I emphasise that this is the beginning of a journey to test this calling. Mark Spyker, Rector of St. Wilfred's and the person responsible for Training for Ministries (TFM) will oversee this process together with many others over the next year or so. Please pray for and support Yolande and Grant in what will be an anxious but exciting time in their lives. Whatever the outcome of this journey, I pray that they will clearly hear, and accept, God's will for them.
Over the next few weeks many of you will be studying the Bishop's charge to synod which provides an insight into his vision for this Diocese. As you study it, allow God to challenge you and our life here at St. Francis. How is God calling us to be a Christ centred church?
Finally a big thank you to all of you who have faithfully continued your ministry - sometimes unnoticed, and taken for granted. Without you, St. Francis would have ground to a halt - which it has not!
On this, the 50th anniversary of the laying of the church foundation stone, Yvonne von Musschenbroek submitted the following article from the Souvenir Album of the Pretoria Diocesan Centenary (1878-1978). Yvonne says, "What with all the improvements around St. Francis, it is obvious that the congregation of St. Francis continues to go forward in faith. Congratulations - the garden, and the alterations to the hall and the Rectory, are all indications of how strong the faith and enthusiasm are."
In 1922 the first Anglican Service was held in Waterkloof by Father Runge in the old school hall, part of the General Stores, built by the S.A. Township, Mining and Finance Corporation. Thus St Phillip's Mission came into being, linked with St. Michael's, Sunnyside. The Rector of Sunnyside, Father Cooper, led the Mission Services and his wife ran the Sunday School. His successor, Father E. Herbert, was responsible for the building of the Church Hall. In 1936 the erf at the corner of Long Avenue and Albert Street was given to the Diocesan Trustees by the S.A. Township.
On All Saints Day in 1950 the foundation stone of the Church/ Hall was laid by Gerald Savage. Due to pressure of work the Chapelry was transferred by Father Herbert to St. Wilfrid's, Hillcrest, and was ministered to by Father M. Clack and then by Father G. Wood and Father W.B. Smith.
In 1960, with Father Mark Nye in the Chair, a tender for £17,423 was accepted for the Church of St. Francis. In 1961 the Corner Stone was laid by Bishop E.G. Knapp-Fisher and Father Christopher Lambert was inducted as the first Rector. For some months the Lamberts lived in a rented house two kilometres from St. Francis, but by great good fortune the Council was able to purchase a Rectory adjoining the Church. The years of planning and hard work of so many outstanding men and women of the Parish, to whom members of St. Francis, past, present and of the future, owe an enormous debt of gratitude, had now come to fruition.
On the eighth of October, 1961, the Service of Dedication of the Church, and the Induction of Father Lambert, was conducted by Bishop Knapp-Fisher. A wonderful and moving occasion, one that will always be remembered by the large congregation present with joy and thankfulness. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Waterkloof, was Consecrated on the 11th October, 1970, by Bishop Knapp-Fisher and on the 1st of July, 1973, Father Cyril Ridler was inducted as the second Rector.
by Margaret Rodgers, Anglican Media Sydney
Resounding applause from the large congregation followed the joint welcome to visitors, officials, athletes and their families offered by the official representatives of the churches of New South Wales. This took place during the Ecumenical Morning Service held in St Andrew's Cathedral, at which the Most Rev Harry Goodhew, Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of NSW was the special preacher.
Prominent community leaders also attended. The congregation enjoyed a feast of music lead by the St Andrew's Cathedral choir, and though it was a service to welcome many overseas visitors the music carried notable Australian overtones. The Order of Service for this ecumenical occasion was inspired by Morning Prayer on the Island of Iona with the Iona Community. Bible Readings were delivered by Anthony Benn, Past State and National Champion 400m Hurdles, and Ernest Chapman, Olympian 1952, Rowing.
Special prayers were said for the nations of the world; reconciliation in Australia and beyond; for the good use of leisure; and for fair and enjoyable participation in the Olympics and Paralympics.
In his sermon Archbishop Goodhew added his own welcome to the visitors, officials, athletes and their families.
"We wish you all good success and congratulate you for your achievement in representing your country. Whatever the outcome of your participation you have risen to the pinnacle of your chosen sport by representing your country and by competing. Congratulations," was the Archbishop's message to Olympians.
"In these next few weeks legends will be created. Other names will not be remembered but for all competitors, whether medallists or not, this will be a milestone in their lives never to be forgotten," the Archbishop said.
The Archbishop referred to the outstanding example of the Christian Scottish athlete Eric Liddell in the 1924 Olympics. He quoted from an unpublished manuscript written by Eric Liddell and not discovered until after his death.
"A disciple is one who knows God personally, and who learns from Jesus Christ, who most perfectly revealed God. One word stands out from all others as the key to knowing God, to having his peace and assurance in your heart; it is obedience. Obedience to God's will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know, but willingness to do (obey) God's will that brings enlightenment and certainty regarding spiritual truth. "If any man will do (obey) his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself"(John 7:17)", wrote Eric Liddell.
The Archbishop encouraged the congregation to reflect on the meaning behind the theme chosen for the churches' activities during the Olympics, 'More than Gold.'
The choir and clergy procession left the Cathedral to a magnificent rendition of Koehne's Toccato Aurora played on the Cathedral's majestic, historic organ.
The clergy and congregation gathered in Sydney Square after the service for a time of informal conversation and fellowship. Visitors, including some from Tanzania and Gabon sought the opportunity to be photographed with the bishops and clergy present.
by Heatherlynn Lewis
On Saturday 7 September 2000 approximately 18 vehicles gathered at the church amid a hive of activity, great expectations, and anxiety, as the participants in the St. Francis Millennium Spring Day Rally prepared to set forth. Many still had memories of the last event, held many years previously, when they had got lost. Would it happen again?
At 2.30 the cars set out. Most were lost after the first clue, which had been set a mere 50 metres down the road! After all who could blame nervous navigators for mistaking .05 km as 500 meters!!
The contestants were soon sorted into two distinct categories - those who had teamed up with friends (or complete strangers) to enjoy the Saturday afternoon together, and those who had gone out as a family to enjoy some quality time together and work on their bonding.
The first group tackled their clues with focus, assisting one another whenever they got stuck, and assigning specific tasks to each person in the car so that all clues would be dealt with in a logical manner.
The second group could be heard by the entire neighbourhood as they hurtled around the course screaming at one another and assigning - not tasks - but blame - for the wrong turns that had been made and the absolute ignorance of the entire family when the answer to what a megaledon was not known!
Through a series of clues, which required a certain degree of lateral thinking, we were led through the suburbs of Waterkloof and Brooklyn, to behind the Faerie Glen Shopping Centre. This seemed to be a great attraction as many people seemed to return to that parking lot numerous times before moving on! (they simply got confused!) The next stop was the Moreleta Spruit Nature Reserve where we had to find the height of Renosterkop and count the "giant stepping stones".
On the way to Elardus Park we had a sneak preview of the air show traffic jam, before rushing along via parks to the Club Centre to find the last and most elusive clue - "Normally served with steak and fish, what is served with them here." Now the first part of the answer is really quite easy - chips. So lets find a restaurant that serves something different with chips. Aha! There are at least five different restaurants and fast foods outlets at the Club Shopping Centre. Being one of the later contestants to arrive here, I wondered why all the restaurateurs were a little exacerbated when I rushed in to ask what they served with their chips!
The answer my friends, lay blowing in the wind on a signboard large as life, advertising "Chips and Technology". It was the local computer store!!
Once back at the church hall we were joined by some non-participants - who were still calm and speaking to each other - for a well-deserved cheese and wine party and the prize giving.
Who were the winners you might ask. Well, despite being penalised for leaving before being told to, AND being a family car, Peter and Angie Raymond took first prize. Next were friends of the organisers, followed by last year's winners, Sid Saks with Terry and Peter Brauer.
There was also a category for the back seat passengers. They had to collect various obscure items such as Charles Glass' signature and a rose petal - no not the whole prize bloom you fool! The winners of this category were Craig and Fiona Thistlewhite with driver Anne.
The organisers? Harry and Rene Walters took six weeks to plot and plan the course and the questions, and they are to be congratulated on a fantastic job of not only giving us a wonderful afternoon's entertainment but also keeping us in stitches of laughter for days afterwards, (if not so much at the time!) as we recalled the events of the day.
Despite the rise in blood pressure, would I do it again?....well..... Absolutely!!
Some years ago I became hard of hearing and even after being expertly fitted with hearing aids cannot hear very well. It is surprising even in a gathering one can feel quite isolated, but a friendly smile can help one feel quite at ease. I live in a retirement village and have noticed that the people who smile most look happier as the years go by so it is not surprising that this poem is one of my favourites.
There's Sunshine in a Smile
Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain
By Erma Bombeck, Reader's Digest, December 1974
From Pat Abbott
When the good Lord was creating Fathers he started with a tall frame. And a female angel near by said, "What kind of Father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put Father up so high? He won't be able to play marbles without kneeling, tuck a child up in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping."
God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child-size, whom would children look up to?"
And when God made a Father's hands, they were large and sinewy.
The angel shook her head and said, "Large hands cannot manage nappy pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails - or even remove splinters."
And God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets, yet small enough to cup his face in."
Then God moulded long, slim legs and broad shoulders.
"Do you realise you just made a Father without a lap?" the angel reproved.
God said, "A Mother needs a lap. A Father needs strong shoulders to row a dingy, to balance a boy on a bicycle, or to hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."
God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had ever seen when the angel could contain herself no longer. "That's not fair. Do you honestly think those large boats are going to get out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three of the guests?"
Smiling, God said, "They'll work. You'll see. They'll support a small child that wants to ride a horse to Banbury Cross or scare off mice, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill."
God worked throughout the night, giving the Father few words, but a firm, authoritative voice; eyes that saw everything, but remained calm and tolerant. Finally, almost as an afterthought, he added ... tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, "Now, are you satisfied that he can love as much as a Mother?"
And the angel said no more.
By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, The Times, 1 August 2000
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, said yesterday that religion is being replaced by therapy, with "Christ the saviour" becoming "Christ the counsellor".
Dr Carey denounced Western culture as beset by a "reign of sin" caused by an obsession with an unholy trinity of therapy, education and wealth. In one of his most strongly worded speeches for a decade he attacked even his own clergy for preaching sermons with an emphasis on therapeutic methods rather than Christian salvation.
"Western culture today is obsessed with three alternative saviours - therapy, education and wealth, among many others - none of which can provide lasting healing for our broken world," he said. "Our society is fascinated with the healing of the body and mind. Its unspoken assumption is that if we can but keep in tune with the wellbeing of our inner selves, all will be well."
Dr Carey attacked the "false gods" of therapy, learning and money in an address to 10,000 evangelists and church leaders from 185 countries at a convention in Amsterdam organised by Billy Graham, the American evangelist.
He conceded that there was nothing wrong with many therapeutic practices and described Christ as the supreme example of a "whole person", at one with himself. But he added: "Therapy can easily fail to face up to the reality of sin in our lives. When therapy replaces faith and when therapeutic techniques are seen as the total answer to humanity's deepest needs and longings, another idolatry is introduced."
This replaced the Gospel with a focus on "my happiness, my needs and my desires", he said. "Listen to many sermons today and this therapeutic approach is uppermost - missing is the appeal to a holy God and his call to us to turn to him in repentance and faith," he said.
Dr Carey went on also to condemn an obsession with education as the answer to all the world's problems. He compared the adulation of education to the early Church heresy of "gnosticism" - a mystery religion based on the acquisition of esoteric knowledge. Dr Carey said that in spite of advanced education systems in the countries of the first world, crime, vandalism and family breakdown were still endemic.
"Once again, as with therapy, when education is seen as an alternative to the Gospel it introduces a different kind of saviour, an enlightened teacher who can lead us from ignorance to knowledge."
He said that the pursuit of wealth was another "pseudo-saviour". Dr Carey said: "It is a false god when wealth, riches and possessions become the ultimate aims of life."
Dr Carey was criticised by therapists in Britain for his address. Brian Beber, chairman of the National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, said: "I would be extremely concerned were any therapists of my acquaintance to consider themselves a substitute for Christ."
He said the aim of a therapist was to restore the natural balance between mind, body and spirit. "I would counsel that therapy be viewed not as an idol, but as the hand of help and friendship held out to those in pain and torment."
Billed as the world's largest conference of preaching evangelists, Amsterdam 2000 was to be the occasion where Mr Graham "passed the torch" to the next generation. However, he was confined to his bed and is too ill to attend.
From Colin Paine
If you own just one Bible..........you are abundantly blessed. 1/3 of all the world
does not have access to one.
Should you decide to defuse a bomb, don't worry about which wire to cut. You will always choose the right one.
It doesn't matter if you are greatly outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts. Your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one... dancing around in a threatening manner until you have dispatched their predecessors.
When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your bedroom will still be clearly visible but slightly blue.
If you are blonde and pretty, it is possible to be a world-famous expert on nuclear fission, dinosaurs, hieroglyphics, or anything else, at the age of 22.
Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their enemies using complex machinery involving fuses, deadly gasses, lasers, buzz saws and hungry sharks, all of which will give their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.
All beds have special L-shaped covers that reach up to the armpits of a woman but only to the waist of the man lying beside her.
All grocery shopping bags contain at least one French bread and one bunch of carrots with leafy tops.
It's easy to land a plane, providing there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.
If you are beautiful, your makeup never rubs off, even while scuba-diving or fighting aliens. However if you are overweight, your mascara will run and your lipstick will smear.
The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there, and you can travel to any other part of the building without difficulty.
You're very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it is not necessary to speak the language. A German accent will do.
A man will show no pain while taking the most horrific beating, but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
If someone says "I'll be right back", they won't.
Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel from time to time.
All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off.
A police detective can only solve a case after he has been suspended from duty.
Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure each is assigned a partner who is their total opposite.
When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.