Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Friday 2 December and a White Christmas

This Friday 2 December, I will preach from the opening verses of the gospel of St Mark. He does not take time for slowly introducing who Jesus is, but he hammers it in: He is the Son of God, whom we should obey. That is likely what I will speak about this Friday - though I need more words than the Evangelist.

A white Christmas I do not expect this year, global warming etc... :-)

I hope to see you on Friday. Many of us were traveling or just skipping last week, so let's make sure that we meet one another this Friday. Maybe you have a friend who may want to come along as well?

After church this Friday the Church Council (Amira, Thomas, Andre and I) will be meeting. Do mail us your ideas!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Grow your church. Lower numbers.

Great article in the Huffington Post about "growing your church". More Jesus, less members.

Now I like his approach: focus on Jesus and His Kingdom. "But please Lord, can we have a few more members?" :-)

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Quick greeting from Cairo airport

I am about to fly to Malaysia for a few days - sitting in the lounge of Terminal 3 to wait for Singapore Airlines to airlift me to Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

May the good Lord be with you in Heliopolis! Enjoy the worship services this weekend. You are in good hands. Everlasting arms actually.

On Friday, Rev Raja will celebrate Holy Communion, while Rev Gerald Lauche will preach. I am sorry to miss that!

Okay, must run. Boarding!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Friday 18 November: Rapture of the Church?

Friday 18 November at 11 am, I will preach on 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5. A passage that is often quoted by fervent believers in the 'secret' return of Christ. There is, however, nothing secret or hidden about his return.

Come and join us in St Michael's Church!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Tonight men's evening out

Tonight, Tuesday, we will discuss JI Packer's book Knowing God. Men, feel free to participate, at 6.30 pm. We'll be ready by 8 pm.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Book reading group: this Monday, 14 November

Monday 14 November, 7.30-9 pm: Book group - reading Arabic Literature

This time: Palace Walk, of Naguib Mahfouz, will be discussed. A great way to get acquainted with Egyptian culture and literature. The event will this time be at the home of Maggie Morgan.

You are welcome tonight! For details, email adriennese@gmail.com or call her on 012-22499821.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Mind your own business

It was nice, last Friday, to see a new face in our congregation, and we had a meaningful church service to worship our God. But most of you were at Ain Sokhna I guess :-). We hope to greet you this Friday!

Friday I will preach on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 - Paul continues to speak about love. 'Love one wife, love all Christians, and mind your own business', seems to be a good summary.

This week, with the deacons and priests of the diocese, we will retreat to the desert. Much sunshine, no beach. I will have to lead a session on the lessons we as clergy can learn from the letter that church father Polycarp (ca 150 AD) wrote to the congregation in Philippi. Sound esoteric, but it is rather practical and great reading! (If you like an English or an Arabic copy of the letter, mail me and you'll get it!