UPCSA – Pastor’s Day – 21 May 2020



A Pastor –

No one knows:
What a Pastor hears,
What he/she sees,
The secrets he/she must keep,
The temptations he/she encounters,
The tears he/she sheds,
The sorrow he/she endures,
The loneliness he/she manages,
The bitterness he/she experiences,
The Lies levelled against him/her by some of the people he/she serves!
How he/she accommodates those who pretend they love him/her but behind, they destroy him/her.
How he/she tries to live more than a human,
The lack he/she suffers,
The discrimination he/she must not react to,
The accusations he/she has to mute at,
The expectations he/she strives to cope with,
Even a fellow Pastor does not know what the other goes through.
He/she is alive for God and yet he/she lives for Us!
A Pastor & the Pastorhood is what no One can fully understand or comprehend!
The Pastorhood is “A Mystery”!
The Pastor is a mystery too!
A mystery is an incomprehensible intelligibility!
So ALL you can do for him/her is to pray for him/her.
A day must not pass without a standing in the gap for him/her!
Wish him/her well,& endeavour to understand him/her!
Make him/her happy at least, for an unhappy Pastor is a disaster to the Church of God!
Respect your pastor …..
Pray for your pastor …..
Encourage your pastor …..
Celebrate your pastor …..
Stop Judging pastors because of what you heard or saw …..
God bless you as you honour your pastor

21 May 2020

Update: Sorry folks, took my computer in and it is DEAD. The HDD is still ok, but everything else is deceased.

So am fwd this to you, with an apology.

Will have to sort something out for the weekend but at least I have the Service sorted.

Good morning friends of St. Columba’s Church.
My computer died and so I am not able to connect on Facebook to lead the Service at 9h30am.

Apologies for the tech fail.

Today’s Service regrettably seems like it’s going to be cancelled for 9h30am.
God bless

17 May 2020

13 May 2020

COVID-19 Symptoms Checker

01 May 2020

30 April 2020

See movement of persons. Allowed to walk in street and exercise between 6am and 9am only

26 April 2020



The Priorities and Resources Committee, working with other Committees of the General Assembly, responds to the repeated call to determine how to be and do church during and post COVID-19.

Towards that end, the Committee realised there is need to get information on what is going on in the life and work of the Church. The Committee need to know how the livelihood of congregations etc is affected by this pandemic and the lockdowns, and the responses of the congregations to the challenges. Such information will help the concerned Committees in the work of discernment that they are engaging in.

The Presbytery Clerks have been requested to collect and collate the information from the congregations in their presbyteries and forward a synopsis of the situation in the congregations, with suggestions of the possible action(s) that may be taken to abate the worsening situation, where such is the case. It will also be interesting to get a report of the missional activities undertaken at every level (Congregation and Presbytery) to respond to COVID -19. The Clerks should send responses to the Convener of the P&R Committee, the Rev Paul Neshangwe by Thursday 30th April 2020.

You are, therefore requested to forward information related to the circumstances of your congregation to your Presbytery Clerk soon, so that the Clerks will be in a position to submit by the 30th April 2020.

May God help us to do our best to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Stay safe and blessed.

Warmest Regards

Rev Lungile Mpetsheni

General Secretary

Published by St. Columba's Presbyterian Church Hatfield

St Columba's Presbyterian Church in Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa is a Christian Church. Our vision is to be a Christ-centred, bible-believing church that calls all to come and experience the love of Christ, in a welcoming and caring body of believers.

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