For the historical congregation of Somerset West 1819 another memorable moment arrived when Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider entered the church grounds on Thursday, 10 December 2015, to serve the congregants of the household of Christ.
The Chief Apostle and District Apostle N Barnes were greeted at the gate by the Sunday school choir who bid them welcome to the congregation. Long before this, on a hot summer afternoon, members started filling the church, which had been dedicated in January 2014. There was great anticipation of the divine service to be held by the Chief Apostle.
As the members arrived and settled in, the choir and orchestra created a beautiful atmosphere by rendering anthems of praise and worship. The opening hymn, Gird on you armour resounded with fervour as the Chief Apostle took to the altar. He based his sermon on the word from Psalm 27:4 “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life”.
In the sermon the congregation was encouraged to seek refuge within the household of Christ, to forgive, to grow and to love each other unconditionally. The Chief Apostle then called upon District Apostle N Barnes and Apostles B de Vries and W Diedericks to assist in the serving.
In preparation for Holy Communion the Chief Apostle referred to how Holy Communion was celebrated in historic times: by passing the cup from one to the other. He advised the congregation to carry one another’s burdens and to forgive unconditionally.
After the benediction and the threefold Amen, the Chief Apostle reiterated that the grace of the Lord is indeed with the congregation. The blessings from on high will linger in the hearts of the congregation forever.
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District Apostle Helper Nsamba in Athlone
The congregations of Athlone, Gugulethu and Langa came together in the Athlone church for the visit of District Apostle Helper Nsamba from Zambia. The eagerly anticipated divine service was preceded by intensive preparations by the congregants.
In his sermon the District Apostle Helper strongly emphasized that together we are being prepared for the day of the Lord. He also gave the congregation some insight as to how strong the links between their congregation and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa is. He explained how it was that the Apostle George Henwood who was adopted and sealed in Athlone congregation, was sent to Zambia to establish the New Apostolic Church there a hundred years ago.
There was a festive atmosphere in the congregation when the District Apostle Helper greeted those who had gathered and the members started singing isiXhosa hymns while dancing traditional dances. It left a broad smile on the face of the visitor as well as on the faces of the apostles who had accompanied him.
East Africa meets Heathfield
There was great anticipation for the visit of District Apostle Joseph Ekhuya from East Africa in the congregation of Heathfield. The members from Musgrave had combined with Heathfield for this festive service.
The choir set the tone in preparation for the commencement of the divine service on Thursday 10 December 2015, with a beautiful rendition of “This is the day of God”.
The text word used was from Psalm 27:4 – “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”.
District Apostle Ekhuya referred to the life of David. David was small in stature and was a shepherd, yet God chose him because He knew David’s heart and God loved him very much.
David was not a perfect man. We are also not without fault, and like David, we are covered by God’s grace. The District Apostle reminded the congregation that we should all work on our spiritual lives and we must remain faithful. In times of trouble, God will set us upon a rock.
The District Apostle called Apostles Gerome Mintoor and Marc Diedricks to assist in serving.
The choir concluded the service with the hymn, “O Sing Praises” – a hymn appropriate to David of how he praised God, not only for God’s wonderful creation, but he also praised God through his struggles, fears and pain in his life.
The District Apostle thanked the choir for their powerful singing and the congregation for their prayers. He then, together with Apostles Mintoor and Diedericks, greeted the congregation. This concluded a truly blessed and unforgettable encounter for all present.