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Ad Clerum

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Ad Clerum 10/12
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 Ad Clerum 10/12 December 2012
Ad Clerum 
December 2012 Number 10/12
I greet you in the Name of Jesus Christ Our Lord.May you continue to be blessed in your Advent Fast, and may you lead your people withintegrity and zeal.In the last Ad Clerum [No 9/12] we explored the way in which we are to position ourselvesin a changing world, and ready ourselves for a far tougher Christmas season than before. Ialso put before you the very clear challenge from St James the Apostle to excel in yourperformance as a Christian. In the light of that challenge, I thought you might enjoy thisquote from Sir Winston Churchill….
 Ad Clerum 10/12 December 2012
Being “satisfied with the very best” is a habit we need to develop, as often, especiallywhere there are no church buildings or a lack of finances, we use our difficulties as excusesfor a lower than acceptable standard.It was precisely because of the lack of resources and a poor general standard that we beganour
Stoles and Altar Linens Project
two years ago. We have equipped you all with stolesand altar requisites that can be compared with the best that money can buy. We took thedecision that we will be the sharpest and most well-equipped clergy in Southern Africa, nomatter what our difficulties may be. I was so incredibly proud, at the recent Ordination inKimberley, to see the way in which the clergy present were turned out. Some visitors hadtheir eyes opened!Being the best at what you do requires a great deal of practice. When asked why he alwaysseemed to have such good luck in tournaments, our own great South African golfer, GaryPlayer, said
“the more I practice, the luckier I get!” 
Being a competitive Christian is exactlythe same. Unless a Priest practices the Presence of God, he will not excel in virtue orholiness. Unless he studies ceaselessly, he will not have the full knowledge that is requiredfor his profession. If he does not zealously ‘exercise’ his pastoral ministry, he will not beable to show the compassion of Jesus in the community,
unless he speaks constantly tohis Coach – he will lose sight of the game plan…..I am speaking about time on your knees inprayer. If you were getting a little out of shape, Advent is the time for regaining your driveand determination to excel.Practice
make perfect, it is a fact. The dedication and discipline required to be the verybest Priest or Deacon you can be is lifelong and intense. Brothers, if our Lord is perfect andholy, there can be no excuse for mediocrity.I try to ensure that I am constantly striving for perfection in all I do; it is a stiff challenge, butI will not compromise on quality in any area of my life of faith. I sincerely believe that I amsurrounded by like-minded men; deeply committed to Jesus Christ as Lord and to a fierceand dedicated proclamation of the Gospel under any circumstances. I have been watchingyou closely, and wish you to know that I am inspired by the discipline you show, and yourdetermination to bring the Message of Salvation to all people.One thing is for certain; people like being a part of a winning team. All over the world, asthe Traditional Anglican Communion has stabilised and has once again picked up the paceunder stable and godly leadership, men and women
clergy have been coming andasking to join our number. Here, is Southern Africa, through you hard work, professionalismand dedication, we are seeing growth and development that speaks of the need for peopleto find their roots and express themselves in the beauty of our traditional Anglican faith.There is no doubt that we will become the dominant Anglican force in Southern Africawithin our lifetime.
 Ad Clerum 10/12 December 2012
Ordination, All Saints, Kimberley, 25
November 2012
 I will go unto the Altar of God; even the God of my joy and gladness Regional Deans Augustine Koliti (Eastern Cape) and Canon Jacob Masakala (Free State)

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