Instead the preacher would be the RT. Rev'd Eugene Sutton, of Washington, D.C. My friends sitting in worship in this ornate and holy place was absolutely touching and at the same time moving. The singing felt great, hearing the different scriptures read in three different dialects was marvelous and the sermon from John 20:11-18, spoke to my soul.
When Mary goes to the tomb, meets the Risen Lord, and is sent forth to tell others he has arose she becomes an Apostle in the that moment, we were told. I did not recall hearing this term used of Mary and it resonated deeply. Jesus sent her out. He did not wait for the disicples to come or the church leaders to appear, as our preacher reminded us. We might have thought this would have been, but not so for Christ, he sent Mary. As this is Woman's month in all of South Africa, we were reminded of the strength, conviction and gifts women bring to the church and the world. This powerfully gifted messenger, spoke to the the mistakes we have made as a church when it came to women and many other isssues. The good news then, as is now, we have the opportunity to get it right as the church.
So I say Happy Women's Month from Cape Town South Africa to every woman! You are blessed, called and highly favored by your God.