Chief Apostle of the New Apostolic Church, Jean-Luc Schneider, visited Johannesburg, South Africa late in 2013. On November 30, together with resident District Apostle Patrick Mkhwanazi, the invited District Apostles Nadolny, Lubasi and Ndandula, 11 apostles and 15 bishops, he attended a choral event at the University of South Africa (Unisa).
The Chief Apostle and his guests were entertained with beautiful musical renditions by the Gauteng concert choir and orchestra as well as a very vibrant Sunday school choir. Some of the items performed were from well-known composers, such as GF Handel (Holy art Thou), and J Haydn (Sing the Lord), as well as one of our very own talented composers, the late Ivan Diedericks with the powerful composition The Lord God Reigneth. This was a wonderful tribute to the many great composers of the church in its 150 years.
The audience also enjoyed the Christmas Festival composed by L. Anderson and performed by the concert orchestra as well as a powerful organ recital done by one of the church’s esteemed organists, Theo van Wyk, performing Sortie, composed by Louis Lefébure-Wely.
In the Sunday divine service which took place at Gallagher Estate Convention Centre, three apostles and one bishop were retired. The service was transmitted throughout the entire working area of District Apostle Mkhwanazi.
Apostle Frank Mwape from the District Church of South East Africa, as well as Apostles Moses Mulopo and Willi Sweta (Zambia) had served in the Apostle ministry for 28, 17, and 10 years respectively, and Bishop Siachalwa Muchimba (also from Zambia) had worked as a Bishop for 26 years. The Chief Apostle thanked them for the long years during which they had served the Lord and the souls entrusted to them in love, loyalty, and humbleness, and wished them a richly blessed retirement. Steven Lishebo Lindunda (56) and Elvis Mubita Liywalii (51) were ordained as Apostles, and Oscar Sibote Kalumiana (49) received the Bishop ministry. All three ministers will serve in the working area of District Apostle Ndandula (Zambia).
The Chief Apostle based his Sunday sermon on a Bible passage from 1 Chronicles 16: 35: “And say, Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us together, and deliver us from the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise.” From this he derived the message that faith, grace, and perseverance are indispensable for the salvation of mankind. He literally stated: “For us, the plea ‘save us’ is associated with far more than the desire to be liberated from all that which causes us to suffer. It expresses our deep longing to live in eternal fellowship with God.”
* Article from New Apostolic Church – South East Africa