A cool, but humid Sunday morning of 22 March 2015 dawned on the little town in the Great Karoo called Graaff-Reinet, which was established in 1786.
Members of the area started arriving at the town hall and the scene was set for the much anticipated divine service to be held by District Apostle N Barnes in the company of all the apostles of the District Church Cape. The aura of tranquility that hung in the air was a testimony to the preparation that had been made before this gathering took place.
In his introduction to the sermon the district apostle commented on the sense of reverence he could feel in this place of worship. He also mentioned a phrase from the opening hymn that had caught his eye: “What language shall I borrow to thank Thee . . .” This expresses our inability to thank our Saviour Jesus Christ enough for what He has done for us.
The message in the sermon based on the text word of Colossians 3 verse 15 was twofold: The congregation was encouraged to continue to love Jesus and to strive to maintain peace. Living with love for Jesus and carrying out His commandment of love places us in a favourable position to be blessed by Him. And seeking to maintain the peace in our surroundings makes tha word in Matthew 5:9 applicable: “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”
Upon conclusion of the divine service a happy congregation could greet the district apostle and those accompanying him before making their way home.