Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus
For us it is almost difficult to believe that this will be our last letter as the pastoral couple of Christ Church Tshwane to you as the congregation of Christ Church Tshwane. Even though 29 years seems a long time it actually has flown past rather quickly.
Few grasp that a downtown church is very different to a suburban, city, township or rural church. Maybe a railway station sums up such a church well … people come and people go … few stay for a long time. Jenny and I thank God for the core group of people, many who were here when we started. This group, together with those who were added to the group have been our joy and support.
Many people have helped us over the years and to name them would take far too much space and perhaps become boring reading … so in general we want to thank this congregation who have identified our calling and stood by us as faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Maybe we have hurt or offended folk during these years. We are sorry for this … and as said at the farewell lunch on the 8 December … please take whatever you have against us to the Lord … and whatever we have against ourselves we too will take to the Lord.
The Revd. Gerald Mbebe comes with his wife and 1 year old daughter on 2 January 2020. Welcome them. Pray for them. Support them. Show them the warmth that knowing Jesus radiates through you … that many people speak of.
Never relax when it comes to your progress in holiness, godliness and humble service. Inspired by God’s Spirit, Paul puts it like this … Ro 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Ro 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
To the Church at Philippi he writes … Phil 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Phil 2:13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
We love you and will miss worshipping our King together with you … until we do so in the Land of Glory!
Don & Jenny Kirkwood
26 December 2019