"… Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them…" (1Samuel 17:37)

Events may change and take on different shapes or forms, yet the principles used to deal with them generally remain the same. We have all heard the president’s address and know of the new restrictive measures that have put in place to deal with the 'second wave', these measures are put in place in order to protect lives and guarantee the livelihoods of South African citizens. Unfortunately, these restrictions will negatively affect our already tested Churches. I thought it will be beneficial, both to our Church leaders and congregants, to share a few points as exhortations. 

  1. The Church has been designed by our God to be a force of good not of evil. Therefore, adhering to measures that will serve the greater good is the Christian thing to do. Let's continue to register before attending our Wednesday and Sunday services so that numbers can be monitored. Let's also keep wearing face masks as well as observing all the other necessary protocols wherever we may be. Remember that we are our brothers' keepers.
  2. The Church is encouraged to always adorn the right attitude even when faced with adverse circumstances. The Bible states that we should give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for us who are in Christ Jesus. Being able to gather even at a reduced capacity is better than not being able to gather at all. Let us be thankful. (1Thessalonians 5:18)
  3. The Church should show resilience and creativity by not forsaking the assembling together as well as using what we have to keep the Church going. (Hebrews 10:25) If you are unable to be amongst the 100 people permitted per service, I appeal to all of us to continue participating through our livestreaming platform. We congregate every Wednesday between 6:00pm and 7:30pm for our house of prayer, and on Sundays from 8:00am to 9:30am as well as 10:00am to 11:30am. Our corporate worship is the most powerful expression of both, the obedience we demonstrate for our Lord and the love for our local Church. I fully understand that this is neither our preferred mode nor the most effective way to do Church, but while we are waiting for normalcy to resume, let's make do with what we have, joyfully.
  4. We are encouraged to maintain a generous disposition by supporting the church and others through prayer, and by practical means too, e.g. Giving finances, assisting with basic bills and providing groceries etc. So that we can continue to spread the good news and prepare the Bride for the return of the Bridegroom. The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" and let the one who hears say, "Come!" (2Corinthians 8:1, 2; Revelation 22:17). 

Let's all remember that we've been here before. If we survived and thrived during the first wave of the pandemic, I'm confident that with the help of our God and our individual commitment the same feat can be repeated with even more glory.

I love you all.

Bishop Tshalo