Thursday, October 25, 2007

Reformation Sunday


What does it mean to be Reformed ? We are a community that comes from various Christian traditions: Pentecostal, Charismatic, Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Anglican, you name it. What does it mean to be part of a faith community that (still?) use 'Reformed' as part of our name ? Maybe many of us don't think of it, maybe what is relevant for us, is the experience and friendships that shapes our faith commitments, today. Research with various faith communities, confirms this perspective and goes on to suggest that people, these days, don't really care about the denominational label and the history behind it, what matters is relevance and authenticity. The danger however lurks that we sell and loose our soul for relevance-many times in the pursuit of units (numbers)and dollar$. The essence of Reformed churches, as powerfully portrayed in the movie, Luther, lies in the centrality of Scripture, in the hands of every believer. The reading and interpretation of the Scriptures is not the prerogative of certain specially-hallowed class of saints- we affirm the priesthood of all believers, and therefor the church and the formations of what it means to be church will always remain in a state of reformation...Some might talk of 'vernuwing' (renewal), others Africanization, democratization or even revolution or transformation; within the light of a re-reading of Scripture...it becomese Reformation... may we keep on reforming... ecclesia semper reformanda.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

RIVERLEA BOKKAMP




YOU
ARE
OFFICIALLY INVITED
TO THE
RIVERLEA BOKKAMP !

FOR SATURDAY
20 OCT 2007
ALPHA CENTRE
(cnr Medway & Kentucky str)
From: 16h00-late
‘Bring & Braai’

BIGSCREEN !!!
South Africa vs England
IRB World Cup Final

Monday, October 15, 2007

youth service - interviews was rocking

Apparently, the youth service, this Sunday was something else. With live interviews with the previous generations of youth leaders it seemingly set the standard for youth leadership on a new level. We awaits some pics and reports and will post it as soon as it hit the press... Joeys to Bloem, Joeys to Bloem...

Monday, October 08, 2007

40 years.. the significance..preperation for service

Rev James Buys, child of Riverlea's Alpha Community, shared, at the Celebration service yesterday, amongst others, about the significance of the number 40, in the Bible. He suggests that 40 is linked to the period of God preparing his people for service. Noah, 40 days and nights of rain, after that the (biblical) world was changed. Israel after not believing Gods promise, spend 40 years in the desert, as preparation for Canaan (Deut 1:8). Goliath threatened the forces of Israel for 40 days and then little David destroyed the giant.
Jesus spend 40 days in the wilderness, tempted and tormented by the devil, to be propelled in service. Indeed, 40 years, a time for preparation. Sometimes crude, painful and being wilderness, yet, its the threshold to service, service towards a new humanity. Thanks Rev Buys

Friday, October 05, 2007

Weekend celebrations: Amazing Grace

This weekend we are celebrating in style...

We will have our banquet on Saturday night at the Riverlea Hall. This is significant because this is the place which initially hosted us as a community, after-which we moved on 18 October 1975 to the Alpha Centre.
The guest speaker will be Prof Nico Botha, professor at the Missiology Dept at UNISA and also leader of the Missiological Society in Southern Africa. We cannot understand the history of our Alpha community, unless we understand our embedded-ness in the history of Mission, in particular NG Kerk mission.

Then, on the Sunday, we move to the Alpha Centre at 9h00 where we one of the sons of Riverlea URCSA, Rev James Buys, will be preaching. He came out of the house where, in a sense, our community was born, but also, in a way, symbolizes what this small community is all about: strong public leadership rooted in a grounded faith. The nagmaal will be shared by another former minister as well as the baptism......