To give thanks & the concept of thankfulness appears around 150 times in the Bible! It’s such an important principle & I love the description that giving thanks is like an antidote ……. to so many ailments & issues – will let your imagination run! Let us remember to ‘give thanks’!
In Ps 107 ‘give thanks’ appears 5 times. So in the prayer meeting after an update from Angie & a song “Let the Redeemed” by Josh Baldwin (I encourage you to listen to the words), we give thanks, for many of the things that He has done for us. Some of specifics for being so thankful, were for Brendan, our inspiring, wise & valiant leader, whose birthday was on Monday (!😊), the team around him & the living stones that form part of our community, the building (or rather rubble!) that is making such fantastic progress, the finances that are coming in & the many items on our list which have been answered!
Ps 107 also talks about that we, the redeemed, should be telling our story – in so many ways the Life Centre is bellowing out part of God’s story, the CHS story, of His envisioning, leading, guiding, providing, protecting, faithfulness & love. Let us not grow weary in doing good … (Gal 6:9), let us remember that ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength’ (Neh 8:10), & I think of that song ‘Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, as we wait upon the Lord’.
Big items for continued prayer are: Venue, finances, health & provision for our community, wisdom for so many decisions, strength for the fight, unity, our leaders – all the way to provincially & nationally, for the nations – especially those at war, & for the light & love of our glorious God to shine through us to redeem the those who are lost.
Come & join us in prayer at the cottage in 16 Chelsea Crescent, 6pm on Mondays!
“Rejoice always, PRAY continually, give thanks in all circumstances ….. (1 Thes 5:16-18)
Thank You Lord that in You we can REJOICE, we PRAISE your Holy Name! We THANK YOU for all that You have done, are doing, & will yet do! There are so many answered prayers & for these we thank You!
ETERNAL LIFE: This was the main theme coming through, & what we must never forget is the ultimate purpose of the Life Centre – bringing eternal life to those around us, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s about sharing this & an outward focus.
LIVING STONES: ‘’… you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy proesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’ – (1 Peter 2:5).
There was prayer for the team & requests & various needs in our community & beyond. A big one is the right venue – please direct us Lord & make a way for an amazing interim venue!
Come & join us for praises, prayer & minstry on Monday night in the Chelsea Street cottage at 6pm!😊
“Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence’ – Charles Spurgeon
The last few Monday nights have seen many praises & prayers ascend to the throne-room as we’ve sung, worshipped, given thanks, listened & prayed to our amazing Father God.
After opening in prayer, we’ve had updates & prayer requests from Brendan & Zane, followed by songs, corporate prayer, prayer in groups of two or three or as was the case this past week, on our own as we walked around the construction site. We then came together & shared what we felt the Lord was saying – WOW! I have placed some of the different words & pictures from different people into a few themes below:
TEARING DOWN & BUILDING UP: “You continuously underestimate the work I am doing in this place, says the Lord, & this requires a deconstruction of both people & place”; “God is not stagnant. He is a God on the move. As He is building a physical building, so He is building the living stones that will worship in the new building”; “Tear down & build from ruins to a palace”.
REMAINING FAITHFUL: “Courageous peacemaking comes with bold humility, brave repentance & being continually filled & guided by the Holy Spirit”; “The Lord calls this community to remain faithful through process & obedience as He builds & invests here for future generations”.
GENERATIONAL IMPACT: From a WhatsApp message of someone who couldn’t make it to the meeting, there was 2 Sam 7:27 – 28, which spoke about a house being built with a generational impact (a royal dynasty)!
The word ‘Sent’ – that as people walk across the land, their feet would catch fire & they would take this fire wherever they were called. A scripture related to this was Joshua 1:3 & 9 – every place your feet shall tread … I have given you! There was a picture of a lighthouse being built on solid foundations, a picture of an Oasis – a place of refreshing & rest, also depicted by the palm trees which also act as a beacon. As with the fire carriers, there would also be water carriers.
Numbers 11:16-30: … ‘gather 70 elders filled by the Holy Spirit to share the burden of leading in this place …”
The picture of the cross standing tall in the middle of the chaos, God with us, every step of the way.
Let us never forget that we are waging battles in the heavenlies & that “The prayers of the righteous availeth much” – we may not see the wind, but we often see the effects. Remember Jehosophat in 2 Chronicles 18 -21, when the foreign armies faced him & they sent out singers how the Lord went before them & destroyed the enemies. Listen to the song ‘Raise a Hallelujah’ – notice key words such as ‘symphony of prayer, ‘our weapon is a melody’, ‘when you sing, walls come down … heaven comes to fight for me… heaven invades the earth’!
Let us continue to pray on … come & join us on Mondays at 6pm as we watch a bit of heaven invading earth!
Join us 6-7pm on Monday 9 August for socially distanced prayer in the main hall.
Saint John Chrysostom (349–407) wrote, ‘Prayer… is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings… The potency of prayer has subdued the strength of fire, it has bridled the rage of lions… extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases… rescued cities from destruction… and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt.’
History belongs to the intercessors. We can shape our generation through prayer. We can influence the course of history (Nicky Gumbel).
In Acts 12 there was an extraordinary prayer meeting, and the results are evident (vv.6–15). In answer to the Churches prayers God acted supernaturally. Peter ‘escaped’, or was ‘freed’ the night before his trial, in spite of being guarded by four squads of four soldiers each (v.4) – this was double the usual guard, and chains on both hands (v.6). Peter himself ‘slept like a baby’ (v.6, MSG). God’s answer involved visions, angels and chains falling off (vv.6–9). Obstacles were removed. The guards did not bar the prisoners’ escape, and the iron gate to the city opened in front of them (v.10).
After his miraculous ‘escape’ from prison, Peter went to where the Church was praying, but Rhoda, the girl who answered the door, was so astounded, forgot to let him in, and no one else believed it was actually him when she told the rest (vv.12–15)! They told Rhoda that she was out of her mind (v.15), but actually God had done what seemed impossible in answer to their earnest prayers.
The word of God continued to increase and spread (v.24). As John Stott wrote, ‘This chapter opens with James dead, Peter in prison and Herod triumphing. It closes with Herod dead, Peter free and the word of God triumphing.’ (Excerpt from Day 168 Through the Bible in a Year with Nicky Gumbel).
A few weeks back, before the week of 24/7 prayer, CHS had no Life Centre building approval from the City of Cape Town, a R4 million-rand deficit to start demolition, & an unlikely ‘go-ahead’ decision was needed. Just over a week later, the approval had come through, & the Parish Leadership was unanimous for the go ahead, in spite of there still being a large shortfall financially!
On August 1st, we had our last Church services in the existing buildings, which were all really special (follow the link or visit website for Brendan’s message ‘Setting Sail’) with handover to the demolition contractor planned for August 12th!
Lord, help us to pray like the early church. May your hand be with us. May we too see a great number of people believing and turning to the Lord and the word of God triumphing.
Come & join us on Monday 9th August for our last prayer meeting inside the hall!
We are delighted to be able to announce that the St John’s Parish Council Executive and CHS Pastorate have both given unanimous approval to start with the first phase of the Life Centre – demolition and piling! After many years of prayer, a lot of hard work, many generous donations, the help of some amazing partners, a few miracles along the way and God’s incredible provision, we will be breaking ground in August.
We give thanks for the council building approval which we received on 9 July, the roughly R21 million raised in pledges thus far through donations both large and small, and for the prayers and encouragements which have kept us going even when we felt our strength was not enough. Please join us in sharing the story and praying for the remaining R4 million needed to reach our minimum build cost. We look forward with great expectation to all God will do by the transforming power of his love.
Jesus said “My house will be called a house of prayer” Mat 21:13 Join us for a week of pray.
9 May, 6 June, 4 July
Families Service 11:15- 12:00am
This is a chance for mixed aged households, particularly those with preschoolers and primary school kids, to come together in all-age worship.
30 May & 27 June
Families Social – 11:15am
Meet at CHS and walk to the park on Kirstenhof greenway (bring your own drinks/ snacks).
16 & 30 May and 13 & 27 June
‘Ground Zero’ Youth – 9am
Soccer and social @CHS for 14 – 17 years olds.
Youth Alpha – 4-5:30pm for10-13 year olds starting 9 May
The Childrens Church room is open during the service for parents or guardians to use with their babies & preschoolers, with a selection of toys and live stream broadcast of the service.
Home Learning packs with links to Bible stories and activities for 4-13 year olds, are available at the Families Service or on the Families Watsapp group.
12 April 2021 – 7pm
Join us as we give thanks and reflect on all God has done in the last year. Will include ACM report, financial summary and Life Centre progress update.
The changing landscape of where, how and with whom we worship, has called for much creativity and flexibility, especially in families. I’ve been reflecting on the observation that it’s like we’ve been given ‘new wineskins’ and we have this chance to drink a ‘2020 more complex, but richer wine’, in following Jesus with fresh honesty and freedom.
The ‘Sunday best mode’ has gone and in this time of crisis we are being called to grow a more real relationship with Jesus and each other, every day of the week, in our homes, with spiritual care primarily taking place in families.
However, many families are shaking and feeling lost and discouraged, hardly enjoying the beautiful taste of Jesus. And too many of our precious children have not been safe and supported. This has called our ministry to listen closely to the ‘at this very moment’ needs of families and to discern who might be at risk. The quality of the existing relationships we have in our communities has determined our ability to be faithful in this and for sure, we have needed the Holy Spirit to inspire and direct us as we imagine what encouragement will look like if it is speaking to those needs.
The challenges of differing needs, for example, ‘the digital divide’ in our city, has made us use resources in new ways to try and include everyone. We have driven around communities with individual packs full of educational and bible-based materials, “WhatsApp’d” lesson plans with online links and activities, produced videos, set challenges, made phone calls, created a new ‘Families Service’ and more…
It feels like we might have been learning the kind of mission Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians 9 of ‘becoming all things to all people’ while continuing to preach the unchanging gospel of God’s life changing love and grace.
We are starting a new video interview series called … The Church has left the building.
Check out this week’s first episode with John Gilmour, Founder of LEAP Schools.
We have left our building but continue to be church in homes, workplaces and communities across our city. The lockdown has been very isolating and we hope to encourage and connect people to the experiences of others during this time. To share testimonies and stories of how members of the congregation are living out their faith during these challenging times.