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Bishop Thabo (47) takes up office on 1 January, and is the youngest man to become the Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (formerly CPSA) and Archbishop of Cape Town. As Archbishop of Cape Town he becomes chairman of Episcopal Synod as “first among equals.”
The present archbishop, Njongonkulu Ndungane, celebrated his final service on Sunday 23 September at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.
At the last synod of the Diocese of Grahamstown, Canon Peter Mtuze said, “Thabo brought to his off ice great dignity without being pompous, authority without being authoritarian, willingness to listen with empathy, and above all, a love for his Lord, manifested in the love that he showed to all who came into contact with him.”
iindaba had hoped to get comment from Bishop Thabo but he is on sabbatical leave at present and will return in time to move into Bishopscourt with his wife, Lungi, and their two children.
ACSA covers a vast area, which includes South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and the islands of St Helena with Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, as well as Angola, which is a missionary diocese falling under the Diocese of Lebombo. There are 27 dioceses in all.
Sharon Nell was one of our two clergy representatives at the Elective Assembly and iindaba asked her to comment on the proceedings.
I was privileged to attend the Elective Assembly in Cape Town for the election of the new archbishop, held at Bishop’s in Cape Town.
My only experience at Elective Assembly had been when Bishop Bethlehem was elected in Port Elizabeth and so I was not too sure what to expect – this seemed to be the over-riding feeling amongst the delegates.
Three days had been set aside for the election process, however, only one day was needed as 47 year old Bishop Thabo was elected on the second vote, - the elective assembly’s rules dictate that to be declared a winner, a candidate has to gain a two thirds majority. Spontaneous applause broke out when the result was announced.
Throughout the business on the day, the presence of God was tangible, from the early morning Eucharist through the proceedings, discussions, voting and ending with evening prayer.
Having met Bishop Thabo and seen his humility at his victorious election, I reiterate the words of Bishop David Beetge, Dean of the Province and Elective Assembly Chairperson, “We are delighted and have no doubt that the Anglican Church of Southern Africa is in good hands under Thabo.”
Pic: Bishop Thabo Makgoba
Once upon a time, way back in 1 Chronicles 25, three musicians, Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun, directed men who were separated to prophesy with instruments and to give thanks to the Lord. The three musicians directed, equipped and built up 24 groups of 12 men each - totalling 288 men. King David had chosen men who showed an unusual ability to tell about God and encourage others to sing.
And thousands of years later, three musicians, Jeremy Stobbs, Marvan Murdock and Sean Cornell, formed a band called Two8ty8 to continue King David’s vision for leading worship.
Holy Trinity Church in Central was very blessed to have the worship band Two8ty8 leading our Youth Service on Sunday evening, 26 August.
Merissa has also joined the band, and she sang one of their own compositions, My Refuge. Another of their own songs, Use Me, was a great hit with the congregation. On the night, the congregation ranged in age from teens to octogenarians. The variety of songs - and even the volume - encouraged everyone in the diverse group to worship and experience God.
If you’d like to invite them to your service,
or find out more about Two8ty8, contact them:
Pic: Jumping for joy! - The “big” guy is Andrew Butler, Youth Leader at Holy Trinity, Central. His nephew, Jeremy, also jumping for joy, is next to him. Big kidz and little children - all enjoyed the music of Two8ty8!
Holy Trinity Church in Central celebrated Heritage Day with an “all nations” service followed by meals from the different cultures represented by its members. These included: Jewish, British, Afrikaner, Xhosa, Chinese, Ugandan, Malay and Indian.
Pic: Pictured is the amaXhosa Table with traditional Umgqusho and other amaXhosa dishes prepared and served by Miranda Kopele and Thandiwe Adonis wearing traditional dress
“... And God saw that it was good.”
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