Monthly Archives: September 2017

The way to give, the way to worship

“You are to offer a male without defect… Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord.” (Lev 1:3, Mal 1:14)

I have encouraged the congregation about the Musiime Hall Project. The completed project will truly stand as a gospel witness, reminding us of the gospel witness of faithful men and women of God who laid the foundations for development work in this place. Indeed, it is time to build! Kakumba Chapel embarked on the vertical extension of the Chapel Hall to create more working space and the Musiime Hall – a multi-purpose Hall which will majorly be used as a Teens’ Chapel, and also for fellowships, meetings, parties, short courses and University lectures and exams.

The motivation of these physical development actions is the Gospel; we want the good news of Jesus Christ to reach more and deeper, and to equip more people to go and proclaim the same. The gospel liberates and gives life and light. Our teens need deliberate focus; they are in transition from being children to becoming adults, and are many times lost in between; yet they face potentially confusing circumstances both from internal changes happening in their bodies and from external influence by peers real and virtual. How can we support this project? What kind of offering shall we bring?

The book of Leviticus outlines different kinds of offerings for different purposes and occasions: burnt offerings as free will offerings, fellowship offerings, sin offering to atone for accidental wrong doing, guilt offerings to atone for deliberate sin, and a few other variations. For all these, it is repetitively mentioned that an offering from the flock or herd must be without defect flock or herd. This phrase is repeated at least 35 times in Leviticus and Numbers alone. In fact, there is a curse from the Lord as recorded in Prophet Malachi for one who goes against this rule: “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the LORD Almighty. ‘Without defect’ means complete, sufficient and the best from what the Lord has given you. May the Lord give us the grace to bring exactly this to His service.

At least Ugx 86 million has already been spent (in the first five weeks of the construction work), and the foundation and gallery structures are up. Thank you for your giving! Unfortunately, work has temporarily stalled as we raise more money for next tasks. The next activities include pushing the columns higher and casting the Second Floor slab (the Musiime Hall). I call upon you to support the physical prosperity and peace through your generous contribution to the building project at hand – the Musiime Hall Project, to cost us Ugx 300 million (this phase). The successfully completed project will stand as a gospel witness – a statement that God is able, He provides and His worship must continue through generations.

 

 

 

 

‘Filled with Knowledge’

“he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— He has filled them with skill to do all kinds…” (Exodus 35:31-35)

African Evangelistic Enterprise together with the Churches in Kampala have been running a mission under the theme, “Kampala Return to God”. We welcome the messenger of God today to bring us the reviving Word of God under the auspices of this mission.

Today is also a Special Sunday for Uganda Christian University. Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi, the Vice Chancellor sent this message below to explain and rally us to support and action:

Earlier this year, the House of Bishops was pleased to establish and designate the UCU Sunday to mobilize the entire church toward prayer and support for the Church of Uganda Provincial University, UCU (including all its Campuses). Henceforth, the UCU Sunday will be on every last Sunday of the month of September each year.

It was in the mind of Provincial Assembly at the time of establishment in 1996 that all Dioceses would contribute and thus have a stake in the University. The UCU Sunday comes to operationalize that original resolution.

We seek to achieve three cardinal objectives: (1) Prayer for the University, (2) Sensitization of Christians about their Provincial University, and finally, (3) Raise financial support for Uganda Christian University projects. The last of these will help greatly with various projects; this year all of financial support on this Sunday will go toward funding the UCU Medical School Project. In addition, 10% of the proceeds from the UCU Sunday will be used to fund Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology (BTSDT) scholarships and for sponsorship of Clergy children at the University. While UCU has for several years supported the training of ministers for the Church, this has not been underwritten with actual funding.

The theme this year is Filled with Knowledge’, Exodus 35:31-35. We invite you to pray that:

1) The Vision, Mission and Values  of UCU will be upheld: We seek to be “A Centre of Excellence in the Heart of Africa”  to be achieved through dedicated teaching, scholarship, service, spiritual formation, student development and social involvement, and  preparing students for thoughtful, productive lives of Christian faith and service in their respective professions and places.” We need to uphold these in our relationships with Students and their families, UCU national and international partners. The integrity of our staff is pivotal in nurturing students and achieving our mission.

2) The Medical School Project to be run with Mengo Hospital will start.

I thank you for your partnership, ministry and service to our Church.

 

 

‘What does the LORD require?’

“With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God?” … And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:6-8)

The Uganda Keswick Convention chose a theme from Micah for this year. The question of ‘What does the Lord require?’ is prominent in this book and elsewhere in the Scriptures. One prophecy about our Lord Jesus Christ goes: ‘and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign … with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.’ Looking back at the governments in the days of Isaiah and Micah leaves us convinced that the promise of a better reign – one of justice and righteousness – must have been received with great enthusiasm and eagerness. There was great need for just governance internally as well as liberation and protection from external threats. Our times are not very different; we need the Messiah.

The question that Micah brings to us in his sixth chapter is worth giving attention. It is a question that matters, lest we waste time misfiring and going astray. Before you start the marathon, you need to clearly know the track map, know the way and the rules of the race. You may have drawn many plans, but to stop and ask Micah’s question could help refocus your plans to achieve much more and for longer lasting benefit. The question is: What does the Lord require? What does the Lord require of you?

The importance of this question today is augmented by the nature of our times – dynamic and fast changing. For example, at school then, it the teacher was required to dispense knowledge to her students, test them and give them feedback; a successful student was one that followed through that discipline and finally graduated. This graduate found a ready job waiting for him, and the future would be bright ever after. Gone are those days; today’s information is no longer in the custody of the teacher, but rather it is easily accessible in vast quantities through electronic media on TV, computer and mobile phones. Today’s teacher must break loose from the shackles of the old mould and herself, ‘What is required of me today?’ And the same process is required for all other marketplace participants, in business and in governance.

Many people love God and desire to honor Him. A deep reflection on what the LORD requires today is vital if we are to please Him in the year ahead and beyond. In your work and at home, among friends and in your technical sphere of influence the LORD requires you ‘to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’.

 

The Peace and Prosperity of the City

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city… Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”(Jeremiah 29:7, Psalm 122:6-7)

In preparation for the beginning of a new Academic Year of the University, we held a special Prophetic Prayer Walk on Friday 28th July to ransack the enemy that always looms around that gate. The theme was ‘Peace’ – and we enthroned the Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace; we prayed for the peace of Kyambogo hill as our Jerusalem, and we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We did it again on Monday 28th August 2017, and this time a powerful prayer meeting in front of the Senate Building; we were joined by the University Bursar and the Chief Internal Auditor among other officials. The Vice Chancellor recognizes the contribution of these prayers to the peace and development of this University. Prophet Jeremiah and King David give us inspiration and encouragement to pray for our city – the opening Scriptures above are actively calling us to action today.

Meanwhile, it is time to build! Kakumba Chapel embarked on the vertical extension of the Chapel Hall to create more working space and the Musiime Hall – a multi-purpose Hall which will majorly be used as a Teens’ Chapel, and also for fellowships, meetings, parties, short courses and University lectures and exams. The motivation of these physical development actions is the Gospel; we want the good news of Jesus Christ to reach more and deeper, and to equip more people to go and proclaim the same. The gospel liberates and gives life and light. Our teens need deliberate focus; they are in transition from being children to becoming adults, and are many times lost in between; yet they face potentially confusing circumstances both from internal changes happening in their bodies and from external influence by peers real and virtual. Listen to the progress update and seize your opportunity to participate in this noble cause of building.

At least Ugx 86 million has already been spent (in the first five weeks of the construction work), and the foundation and gallery structures are up. Thank you for your giving! Unfortunately, work has temporarily stalled as we raise more money for next tasks. The next activities include pushing the columns higher and casting the Second Floor slab (the Musiime Hall). Meanwhile the University Top Management commended and blessed the project in their last seating, and are looking forward to its successful completion; The Chapel Council is organizing a Fundraising Tea Party on Saturday 09th Sept, and a Home Coming / Harvest Sunday next month will also be a fundraising event for the same. I call upon you to support the physical prosperity and peace through your generous contribution to the building project at hand – the Musiime Hall Project, to cost us Ugx 300 million (this phase).