Under the cover of dark storm clouds and the welcome Cape rain,

District Apostle J Kriel conducted the divine service for the departed on 1 July 2018 at the Erica North congregation. The congregations of Du Noon and Oatlands were also invited to attend the service.

The District Apostle opened the divine service with the Bible word, Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

The District Apostle stated that we, in preparation for the day of departed, prepared our hearts by staying prayerful and that the reason we believe is because we look forward to a better life after death. For this reason, God made a promise to send us Jesus because sin separated God and man. In the 2nd Article of Faith it teaches that Jesus went into the realms of the departed to tell those who have gone before us that they do not need a body to receive the Holy Sacraments. 

The souls in the beyond are also given access to the grace of Jesus. Jesus’ call is extended to all. We must stay with God because He will preserve us. We should not become enslaved and indebted to the evil one. Jesus gave authority to the apostolate of Christ in Matthew 28 verse 20 to forgive sins, baptize and seal with Spirit and water, and make disciples of all nations, here and in the yonder world. With this authority of Jesus, everyone is welcomed to receive grace. Men on earth use their authority for their own advancement, whereas Jesus uses His authority for the advancement of others.

We should not condemn those who made mistakes. We need to become like Jesus and use His authority to draw others into salvation. Jesus does not condemn, but embraces all. So we must forgive and become like Jesus.

The District Apostle called upon Apostle R Worship and Bishop B Lutuli to assist in serving.

The divine service was concluded by the choir and mass orchestra with a beautiful and moving rendition of “Spirit Alive”. Not even the thundering sound of the heavy rain on the church roof could drown out the glorious sounds of voice and instrument praising the name of the Lord.