On the fourth Sunday of Advent, the District Apostle NE Barnes prepared the souls in Somerset West with spiritual blessings not for a Babe, but for the bridal congregation.
For this time of waiting and preparation, the District Apostle used the text in Luke 1:53, “He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty”. These words were spoken by Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ our Lord. He explained that this hunger refers to the seeking of God and His Word and not a natural hunger. The word rich here refers to those who have their own opinion and mind.
Mary received the tiding that she would bear God’s only begotten Son. Although her path forward was not smooth, she accepted it and just believed. The Son of God was born in humble, lowly conditions, in a manger filled with hay. Joseph accepted and followed, by taking responsibility for Mary as his wife.
The District Apostle went on to say that we have been chosen to be in this fellowship, therefore we just believe and follow. We must celebrate God’s fulfilment of His promise of salvation to us. We need to celebrate our vow to Him and God’s grace given to us daily.
The words of Mary: ”My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,” must be our prayer, the District Apostle appealed earnestly. Therefore, our motto should be: “If God says it, I must just do it, and believe.”
The District Apostle explained that the departed souls too seek the spiritual blessing and hunger for the Word. He also mentioned that they live now only in spirit and no longer by earthly time, but in continual fellowship. He further said that they are part of the festive congregation. After the serving for the departed, an instrumental item – Swing low, sweet chariot was rendered.
At this divine service the District Apostle also appointed Priests Anthony Williams and Louis Cadle as rector helpers for Somerset West 1931 and Somerset West 1819 respectively.