Words and a pic – March 25

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Morning worship at Regents Park church

A few months ago, we sensed that God was “stirring the nest” and that our time in the local church where we were attending was drawing to a close. After visiting several Nazarene congregations in the Johannesburg area, we tried the Regents Park church. Right away, we knew we had found our new home.

Pastor Hubert Tiger is young and dynamic. He told us some of the story of the congregation. When founded in 1963, the church was made up exclusively of one grouping. Gradually, the neighborhood became more multi-cultural, and today the church is truly in a “rainbow nation” urban setting with all the joys and challenges that entails.

Four months ago, Pastor Tiger, Pastor Perola (his Mozambican female associate pastor) and others re-started the church from the tiny handful that remained. You can see in the photo that God is doing a new thing! The congregation truly reflects the diversity of the neighborhood, but skin color doesn’t matter. What unites us – love for the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is what counts. We join our voices together in prayer, in singing, in giving, and our hands in service. I can’t wait to see what we’ll learn from our brothers and sisters at Regents Park. Our goal? To make Christlike disciples who change Regents Park.

Pray for me (Greg) on Sunday at 4 p.m. I’ll be giving a short teaching on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper and for the first time since the church re-started, we’ll be enjoying God’s Holy Meal together. I’m hungry already!

Quote from Amy’s reading:

“Little girls sometimes share the fate of young fruit-trees, and have their ideas pinched off like the trees’ first blossoms.” – A.G. Blympton, in Dorothy and Anton (Little, Brown, and Co., 1895), p. 110

Check out Greg’s latest blog post at “Theology in Overalls,” entitled: “Heaven: Starting the Song All Over Again”

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