Diocesan Rally in Vryheid on the 25th of October

Thousands of Lutherans came together in Vryheid on the 25th of October for the annual Diocesan Rally.

The hall was packed to its capacity and some had to sit outside in a tent. The service with Holy Communion was led by Bishop P.P. Buthelezi. In his sermon he preached about the 5 sola (sola fide, sola gratia, soli deo gratia, sola scriptura and solo Christo), but concentrated on solo Christo! The Bishop preached about being free from earthly bondage and only to submit in faith to Jesus. He warned about the bondage in the church and becoming slave to the clergy and wrong teachings. Hi sermon was translated into English and Sotho. An outline of his sermon follows on the link below.

2015 DIOCESAN RALLY SERMON

There were many visitors from overseas, from Germany, Sweden, Israel and the USA.

Below are photos from our 2015 Diocesan Rally.

After the service the Bishop was presented with a gift from the Diocese.

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Prayer Men’s League ELCSA Church Wide Conference in Esikhawini College

On the 5th of September members of the Prayer Men’s League gathered in the Esikhawini College. The Hall was well filled and it was amazing to see Lutheran Men come together from all over the country. The Northern Province came in their droves and it was a joyous occasion. The day was opened with a church service and a challenging sermon by Bishop P.P. Buthelezi about standing for the truth.  We want to thank all who helped make this event a success, the speakers Bishop P.P.Buthelezi, Bishop M.D. Biyela and Rev. Musa Zondi, and all other Bishops, Pastors, Prayer Men who didn’t fear hours of traveling and especially thank you to the hosting Parish of Enkanyisweni who helped organize the event. Below you will find the climax of the Bishop P.P. Buthelezi’s  sermon and some pictures:

The silencing impediments of caution, prudence, and cowardice, will prevent us from speaking boldly for God in the presence of wrong. ELCSA needs people who can insist and are persistent in seeking the truth and solutions to her problems. The truth knows no structures/channels or protocols; it is just the truth and must be told as such. Truth is the truth even if told out of normal and official structures. Today ELCSA has men and women full of excuses; therefore they can’t speak the truth or stand for the truth. ELCSA in our days is an orphan without parents or siblings, no one seems brave enough to defend and protect her, but we are all vocal when we want to get something from ELCSA. Sin, wrong acts and evil doing must be treated the same no matter who did it. If you are ELCSA member you challenged to stand-up shame the devil whenever and wherever you see evil in the church.

God needs our voices, speaking plainly, that his voice may be heard. Not being able to defend and protect the Church means we can’t do that to each other! Love compels us to suffer for others! This we learn from Christ Jesus! Speak boldly and persistently for the voiceless. Truth can’t be caged! Stand and die for the truth! Let everyone hate you for telling, standing and defending the truth fearlessly! Amen!

If you want to read more from the sermon, click the following Link: https://www.facebook.com/phembukuthula/posts/1206304382729090

Empangeni Circuit Rally 2015

The Circuit Rally in Empangeni Circuit was held on the 30th of August in the University of Zululand. Approx. 2000+ Lutheran and guests congregated to a full service with communion.

The service began with a procession and found its climax in the sermon of Dean J.S.Ndlovu. He preached about Mark 7 about uncleanliness and how to commit to Jesus. After the sermon Guest speaker K.E. Mpungose talked about committing to faith and church. He encouraged all attending to build a stronger church by committing to it whole heartedly.

Then in a mammoth session all Parishes and Leagues brought their “Insika” collection.

We were honoured by the presence of Honourable District Mayor Thembeka Mchunu who shared a word of greeting with the congregation present. The congregation was pleased by her presence.

Thereafter the church service ended with the sharing of the Holy Communion.

Below you can find pictures of the event!

 

Umfolozi Circuit Prayer Mens League Conference in Tshaneni

The Umfolozi Prayer Mens League annual conference was held at Tshaneni parish at Sinethezekile high school in Jozini.
The theme of the conference was `SOLAR SCRIPTURA’ (KUNGEZWI KUPHELA)
The speech for the day was delivered by Mr ST Zulu- `SINGAWAHEHELA KANJANI AMADODA ENHLANGANWENI` meaning how can we attract men to join the prayer mens league.

Before the start of the conference on 17 July at about 14:00, members of the league visited the neighbouring homesteads just to pray with those families.

In one of the families that was visited a single mother of 6 was found and the life under which they are living was appalling and that situation forced the members of the league to make  special offering of R1500-00 and bought the grocery for her which was delivered to her on Saturday 18 July in the presence of the circuit dean PS Lwandle,the chairman Dr A Mlondo and the members of the league.

Very sadly, it was noted that the area is over populated yet there is not even a single Lutheran church congregation in the area.

The photos of the conference as the highlights are attached:

 

Ordination 29th June 2014

The Ordination Service was held on the 29th of June 2014 in Umphumulo Diocesan Centre.

The Service was attended very well and the hall was packed to its capacity. The service had several other items next to the ordination, like the installation of all Deputy Deans of all 10 circuits. The service was led by Bishop P.P. Buthelezi and the Holy Communion by Bishop MD Biyela. The ordinands were Mrs. NP Cele, Mr. VD Makhanya, Mrs. TN Nsibande, Mr TE Ntuli and Mr.SR Zondi.

Ordinand NP Cele preached the installation sermon about being a messenger. She stressed the importance of the message itself and the sender of the message and remind all preachers, that the messenger him or herself do not have importance. It was a blessed event and many thanks to all who made this celebration a success.

Thwalisanani with Bishop P.P.Buthelezi in Richards Bay

What a wonderful day we had at Richards Bay Lutheran Church!

Our bishop P.P.Buthelezi, Dean J.S.Ndlovu, Parish Pastor B.T.M. Magubane, Rev Dr. Ngidi, Rev. Nkosi and Rev. S. Gensicke began the Fundraising Sunday with a Church Service. There were more than 300 members assembled in our New Church. What a sight it was to see the procession enter into our New Church. The Bishop challenged and encouraged the congregation to invest into the future of their church. After the sermon we had a round of collections and our favourite JJ’s and JD’s competition, and to the bishops delight JJ’s WON by a mile. (JD’s don’t cry, there will be a date for revenge in three months). After sharing the Holy Communion, we had a second session, with a brief look into the history of our congregation and a speech of encouragement from D. Nxumalo. After presenting our bishop and Rob (in absentia) with a gift of gratitude, we auctioned off two cakes!

That auction was as much fun as it raised funds for a good cause! We want to thank all involved: Our BishopP.P.Buthelezi, Dean J.S.Ndlovu, Parish Pastor B.T.M. Magubane, all pastors, all visitors, especially the choir from Enkanyisweni which led our songs and hymns, all who helped behind the scenes, the cooks in the kitchen (the food was delicious and plenty), the Youth and Men who helped prepare the church and grounds, our mothers who took care of us in a loving way. Especially we want to thank Mrs. Ntuli and her Events team, WELL DONE, we want to thank all who donated food, presents, cakes, time and shared their love with us. The fundraiser was a huge success! And we are well on our way to finishing our beautiful church! THANK YOU and congratulations to Mrs. Gumede and Dumisani Nxumalo who won the cakes!

Out of the life of our church

Durban Central’s Health Desk conducted tests for BP, Diabetes and HIV during the Easter Weekend. Over 20 Youth were counselled by Sr Sbongile Nyathikazi and tested for HIV. They requested that such an event be held during their League meeting. Over 60 people were tested for BP and diabetes. Those with very high recordings were referred to their nearest clinics. Some had dangerously high readings. People were also educated on vision and eyecare.

Pamphlets on different health topics such as healthy eating, diabetes, Teenage Pregnancy, Child Care, Hypertension, Children’s rights, Alcohol & substance abuse, Refractive errors, HIV & Positive Living etc, were distributed for further information

 

Thanks to those who volunteered to spearhead this event viz Sr Thina Nyathikazi, Ms Dudu Nsibande, Ms Sile Hlongwa, Thami Nyathikazi, Mrs Sibisi & Lungile Nyathikazi