On the 31st May 2020 our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, concluded his address to the nation with these words; “This too shall pass”. He was primarily targeting the segment of our society who felt aggrieved because of some unpopular decisions that had been made. I have been thinking about this phrase and the reason why our president would be so sure that indeed “this too shall pass”.
I believe that he concluded with those words because “lockdowns” and their special measures are by nature unsustainable for any society and cannot last forever. In light of this, we are seeing the restrictions loosening across the nation. “Reopening” of any nature is a bit like rehabilitation. It has to be measured, methodical and incremental for it to be effective.
As we work toward reopening the church to physically meet again, there are some guidelines that we would like to share with you in order to ensure everyone’s safety:
- We will have only one service this Sunday (7th June 2020) at 10 a.m, following the guidelines of 50 people or less
- There will be no social gatherings during the month of June, this is inclusive of smaller meetings such as membership, firm foundation and baptism classes
- House of Prayer(Wednesdays) gatherings will resume as of next week (10th June 2020 at 6 p.m.) following the guidelines of 50 people or less
In addition to this, please note the following:
- NO CHILDREN (12 and under) are allowed to attend the services during the lockdown. If you have young children, please remain home with them (No childcare will be provided)
- All those struggling with underlying chronic conditions or a weak/ compromised immune system should remain home and continue joining us via live stream
- All those above the age of sixty are encouraged to stay home and continue joining us via live stream
- Anyone who is experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or fatigue should refrain from attending the services
- Please continue to join us via live stream if you feel in any way uneasy about the live gatherings (Your health and safety are important to us)
For those interested in joining our live gatherings (50 people or less), the following protocol must be adhered to:
- Pre-registration of attendance of the service, please see our website www.ramah.org.za for all details (and ensure that you have received confirmation)
- Willingness to be screened upon entry: i.e. body temperature check, screening questionnaire and to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer which will be provided
- Willingness to wear a mask for the duration of the service
This is ‘an out of the ordinary season’ for all of us and uncommon seasons require some adjustment. The leadership team and I are praying for you and look forward to embracing this ‘new normal’, trusting that our good shepherd has already gone ahead of us.
Love you all
Bishop Tshalo and Pastor Beatrice invites the whole Gospel Ramah Church family to join in this Time of Renewal as we fast and pray from the 25th May to the 29th May 2020. The theme for the week is Flames and Fire. Join us and be empowered to make an impact in your community.
Concerns and problems flood our minds. There is always so much to do! In our current situation, we can only find comfort and solutions in reading and meditating the word of God.
Bishop Tshalo and Pastor Beatrice urge all of us to take upon ourselves this important task.
|WEEK 7||WEEK 8||WEEK 9|
|8 May||1 Samuel 19:1-14
|15 May||1 Samuel 22:1-22
|22 May||1 Samuel 25:32-44
|9 May||1 Samuel 22:13-23
|16 May||1 Samuel 22:13-23
|23 May||1 Samuel 26:1-25 |
|10 May||1 Samuel 20:1-15
|17 May||1 Samuel 23:1-13
|24 May||1 Samuel 27:1-12 |
|11 May||1 Samuel 20:16-26
|18 May||1 Samuel 23:14-29
|25 May||1 Samuel 29:1-11 |
|12 May||1 Samuel 20:27-42
|19 May||1 Samuel 24:1-22
|26 May||1 Samuel 30:1-15 |
|13 May||1 Samuel 21:1-9
|20 May||1 Samuel 25:1-14
|27 May||1 Samuel 30:16-31 |
|14 May||1 Samuel 21:10-15
|21 May||1 Samuel 25:15-31
|28 May||1 Samuel 31:1-13 |
I pray that you and your loved ones are doing well and making the most of the situation we find ourselves in as a nation.
The end of April 2020 marks the completion of our nationwide level five lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the globe. As of 1st of May 2020 some restrictions will be lifted in an effort to slowly restore normalcy to our economy and nation. These measures will be incremental so as to maintain the fine balance between saving lives and livelihood. As challenging as this time has been for all of us, I have learnt to appreciate the wisdom of our God, as I believe we all have. God has afforded us the opportunity throughout these weeks to dig deep in His word and engage in serious theological conversations, with the hope of producing in us profound theological convictions which I believe will establish us in Christ and make us immoveable no matter the challenges we face (James 1:22-25).
Our president’s address to the nation on 23 April 2020 specified that all sporting events, religious, cultural and social gatherings as well as bars, conference and convention centres, entertainment venues, cinemas and theatres would remain closed until a later stage. This of course impacts us as Gospel Ramah Church family. The understandable reasoning behind this wise decision from our government has to do with social distancing in an effort to prevent an influx in infections.
Please note that this does not apply to our pastors in Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana, France, and DRC, please follow your local government directives on the COVID-19 restrictions.
With all this said, what then should our attitude be? I will try to respond with two passages of Scripture:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22)
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:12)
Let us endure in patience. Let us remain joyful. Let us continue to fix our eyes on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.
I continue to look forward to the time when we will gather together again but until then, let us keep connected via our various social media platforms and strive to outdo each other in showing the love of Christ in practical ways. You are prayed for and loved.
Let us meet again on Sunday at 10 am for our online Sunday service.