SYNODS

SYNOD 2021

Below is a list of documents related to the Synod held in Philippi 29.10.021 – 1.11.2021

Praying the Psalms for Life, Faith, Hope. – Here! Now!

Getting from disorientation to re-orientation.

I say, “It has been impossible for me to fulfil the expectations of God. I’m going to hang on to the foot of Christ.” And Christ speaks to the Father: “He’s hanging on to me. I died for him. Let him slip through!” Martin Luther

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by Bishop Filter

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. AmenDear Congregation,

In the age old liturgy of the church the Psalms are prayed together in the opening section of the divine service, they help us to become aware of being in God’s presence as well as orient ourselves in terms of where we are emotionally, socially and politically – it is good to be reminded that these Psalms are central to the worship of God’s people Israel and the Christian faith community. They are prayers and songs that are sung together, or said responsively, so that the prayers can encourage each other to be alive and present as God’s people, trusting that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46 has become famous as…

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Sermon on Psalm 46

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Dear Congregation,

In the age old liturgy of the church the Psalms are prayed together in the opening section of the divine service, they help us to become aware of being in God’s presence as well as orient ourselves in terms of where we are emotionally, socially and politically – it is good to be reminded that these Psalms are central to the worship of God’s people Israel and the Christian faith community. They are prayers and songs that are sung together, or said responsively, so that the prayers can encourage each other to be alive and present as God’s people, trusting that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

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What are we learning from Covid for the future of our church?

ELCSA (Cape Church) Pastors’ Reflections
Endorsed by the Synod of ELCSA (Cape Church) on 30.10.2021

Covid has taught us…

  • to be able to adapt, re-think and re-imagine.
  • to find new ways to be church with the people and to reach them in their situation.
  • new ways of doing worship and fellowship.
  • to form new meaningful habits (e.g., daily prayer/devotions via WhatsApp).
  • to rethink the whole concept of big church buildings and big gatherings (and maybe move again towards smaller house-type church services and structures).

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Report on the Training of UELCSA Theology Students at the Theological Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch
At the Second Ordinary Meeting of the XVth Synod of ELCSA (Cape Church)

Dear Members of Synod, dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I thank you for allowing me to present a summary report of my work as Mentor and Tutor for the Theology Students of UELCSA in Stellenbosch.

When I started out roughly four years ago, many organisational matters had not been finalised. Now we can joyfully report that UELCSA is an official partner of the Theology Faculty of Stellenbosch and we have become valued partners on various levels of the actual work being done at the faculty both with the students and with the staff.

This year our work has again been crippled by the confusions caused by the “Prevention of Covid Measures” implemented by the University on the recommendations of our president – classes changing from “in person” to “online” to “hybrid” and back again and many students not really able or willing to fully participate in the work that we had planned to do…

Felix Meylahn

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Report on activities of the CCW Cape Church 2020/2021

(to be forwarded to Synod)

  1. The impact of the Corona pandemic is still very eminent since 03/2020 not only on the CCW activities but certainly on most activities in our congregations. In addition to this challenging factor comes an overall lack of support from the CCW Congregations for inter-congregational relationship. As this should be the main focus of activities within the CCW it leaves a frustrating mark on the current committee.
  2. At our 2020 AGM all previous executive members resigned (it nearly led to a crises of further existence of the CCW) and a new (steering) committee …

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CCE (Circuit Conference East) Report Synod 2021

Introduction

Since our last Synod in 2019 in East London, all of our lives and the life of the congregations have been impacted in one way or another through the Covid-19 epidemic. We have lost congregation & family members, friends and even Pastors Oziel due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

We are all on a journey in our life and Paul reminds us in Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” The covid-pandemic has drained all of us and tired us out. Deep down we just feel empty, alone and we wonder where we will get the strength to keep on going? But we have not been alone in these tiring and exhausting times. The wonderful assurance we have

Pastor Hans-Peter von Fintel
Chairperson of the CCE
28/09/2021

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The Centenary of the Synod 1895 – 1995 by Reino Ottermann

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Index of Names –  The Centenary of the Synod 1895-1995

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Church Council Report of Synod 2019 in East London

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CHURCH LAW REGARDING THE SYNOD

WHO IS THE CAPE CHURCH?

OVERVIEW CHURCH STRUCTURE

Overview
Orders of the Governing Synod

THE COMPOSITION

ORDINARY
MEMBERS
EXTRAORDINARY
MEMBERS

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Orders of the Governing Synod

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