Friday, October 12, 2007

Central Methodist Mission Jhb

I had the opportunity last Sunday to take the 10am church service at Central Methodist in Joburg. The event was Local Preachers' Sunday, the first Sunday in October. Some churches participate in this and preachers get to see churches and circuits other than their own. I was really looking forward to preaching in a church that has a long Methodist history and I did enjoy the experience. Apparently the congregation was about 500 strong - I am useless at estimating numbers like that, so I'll have to take the word of those who know! That is the biggest I have ever preached to. There were also four ministers there - the most I have ever preached to as well! But I must admit I wasn't really conscious of the number of people. I think my dominant desire is to communicate and that feels the same wherever. And having preached in five different settings on the last three Sundays I am just so aware that it is God who communicates and Jesus who is the power. And he is so good to have given me the last three Sundays and the renewed conviction that I am called to preach, even if I don't get it right all the time.
The picture is apparently of refugees sleeping in the foyer at Central. I didn't see crowds of people there, but I did hear about them.


Rock in the Grass (Pete Grassow) said...

Jenny - the best preachers are those who are aware that they don't get it right all of the time. (the worst are those who think they have a hotline to heaven).
Peace sister.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Thanks for the encouragement Pete. I appreciate it.

digitaldion (Dion Forster) said...

Hi Jenny,

You're a gift! It must have taken courage to preach to such a large group, particularly in such an unfamiliar setting.

Thanks for sharing the experience with us.

I have visited Central a few times when the Refugees have either been moving in, or moving out... It is quite heart wrenching to see how many people there are who simply want what I take for granted... A place to sleep.

Bless you!


Jenny Hillebrand said...

Thanks Dion. And thanks for the links from your page! You are generous in sharing your popularity.

Anonymous said...

Dion Forster,

Yes, it puts things in perspective, huh? I take the fact that I have a safe place to sleep and eat for granted.