It was a rainy morning on Sunday, 29 December 2013 as the congregants of the Eldorado Park District eagerly awaited the visit of District Apostle, Patrick Mkhwanazi. Against the backdrop of pouring rain and grey skies the children’s choir welcomed the District Apostle, accompanied by some of the district leaders at the entrance of the church with the singing of the hymn If I planted a garden from the Children’s Hymn Collection. Their singing resounded as the congregation inside the church hall listened on.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This was the Bible passage by Apostle Paul that the District Apostle read from Romans chapter 8 vs 38 and 39, as a basis for the divine service.
Inspired by the rainy weather the District Apostle begun his sermon with the words “Beautiful weather”, and went on to explain the importance of water and rain in our natural lives as well as how spiritual rain allows us to bloom and blossom into beautiful fruit.
He also reflected on 2013 and made mention of critical events that occurred in Africa as a whole, with special reference to the Marikana disaster, deaths that have occurred nationally and internationally. He urged members to utilise prayer and provide the necessary support where needed.
Another passage was referred to which was in line with the text and makes mention of the assurance of the blessing of God and how this blessing allows us to see more clearly. He also addressed the youth with a special message.
The District Apostle concluded the service by addressing the importance of thankfulness, saying that we should never thank God last. In addition, he also said we should pray for those who are suffering, and allow ourselves to grow in understanding the love of God.
During the divine service the District Apostle called on District Elder Moody, Bishop Rudolph and Apostle Dimba to serve along.
* Article from New Apostolic Church – South East Africa