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The Bishops are back :) We had a wonderful two weeks of leave, and were very grateful for the chance to rest and restore. We spent one week away with family down the Wild Coast, at a reserve called Hluleka. It is a beautiful part of the world and being on the coast, not as cold as our usual experiences of the Eastern Cape are! We were deeply conscious of the privilege it is to have such a wonderful team of staff and volunteers who kept things running smoothly while we are away – preachers, musicians, admin and pastoral staff, leaders, all stepped up, and we are grateful for the opportunity it gave us to spend some time away. Thank you.
You will see from the notices that we have two exciting prayer days coming up in August. The one is our usual quiet prayer day, which is a guided, silent retreat and a wonderful chance to withdraw from the busyness of daily life and spend some time with God, listening to God. The second is a workshop on Centering Prayer. Thomas Keating describes Centering Prayer as a method of silent prayer, in which we experience God's presence within us. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. But rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer. As a congregation, prayer has been identified as a priority for us, and a key focus for this year. In both the quiet day and the workshop, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn and practice prayer. Even though they may be something new, or seem a little scary, if you are longing to connect with God through prayer, come along!
Then lastly, you may have been aware from the media that Durban has been hosting the AIDS conference this past week. While great advances have been made, there is still much that can and needs to be done to combat AIDS, and we all have a role we can play. I encourage you to read about the conference, to find out more about the situation in our own context and area, and think creatively about how we, the Church, can join in the work for good.