Service - Welcome to Easter-tide
Messages - Foot Servant
Days - Move the Stone (Mothering Sunday)
Messages - Betrayal
Days - Anointed
Messages - Connected
Days - Hosanna (Palm Sunday)
Messages - Parting Peace
denotes communion will be held as part
of the worship service
for 12:00 noon
29th - Term End
- Peter Baines (William Carey)
st and 15th - Easter People
In 2016 BMS set themselves a challenging target
- to transform 1 million lives by 2020. Included
within that target was the intention to work
in the hard places of the world - with at least
a third of the work among the most marginalised
groups, one half of the resources used in the
least evangelised countries, and working in
ten of the most fragile states in the world.
This means that BMS workers are regularly working
in nations high on Open Doors' World Watch List
of the most dangerous places to be a Christian.
Please pray for those seeking to fulfil this
challenging vision. This month the Society's
prayer call focuses on work in Albania, Palestine
For more details, visit the BMS website at:
Ganu - Please Note
We are sad to announce that, due to various
circumstances, there will be no Cymanfa Ganu.
We thank all our freinds who have supported
us over the years, and hope we will be back
singing the songs we love so well next year.
a strange month March is! In the quiet
sunny days you might think summer is only
round the corner, however, often that
can be misleading with days of cold winds
and freezing rain as well. Also to be
wary of night frosts especially after
calm and bright sunny days!
However, a glance outside will reveal
lawns starting to grow, spring bulbs popping
up all over the garden and even perennials
showing early signs of growth. Crown imperials
are especially good during March, growing
up to 2 or 3 feet in a matter of days.
Look down their throats at the extraordinary
pearl-like drops at the base of each petal.
Enjoy planning for Spring and Summer now.
Easter Sunday falling this year on April
Fool's Day, I will reserve my Easter musings
until next month. This month my thoughts
are focused on Dewi Sant and the other Welsh
saints whose names are commemorated in towns
and villages the length and breadth of Wales.
David lived in the sixth century (c.500
to c.589), nearly all of it in Wales (there
was some connection with Glastonbury, the
foundation of a monastic order in Brittany,
and the probably of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem).
He became the bishop of Mynyw (now St David's),
where he led a group of ascetic monks. These
monks refrained from eating meat and drinking
beer, and spent their evenings in prayer
- David himself is supposed to have recited
the Psalms while standing in the sea.
As the national figure of Wales there is
a legend that David will return to lead
the people once more - the Armes Prydein
of c.930 promising that, when all might
seem lost, the Cymry would unite
behind the standard of St David to defeat
the English. I much prefer the report of
his last words, as he lay dying in cathedral
that bears his name -
Lords, brothers and sisters, Be joyful,
and keep your faith and your creed, and
do the little things that you have seen
me do and heard about.
Be joyful… and do the little things… here
is something to hold onto - not just as
we celebrate St David's Day, but as we celebrate
the life of Christ in us every day. Be joyful
- not in a way that ignores the world, even
though it seems there is little to be joyful
about in the world. But because, even in
this world, we catch glimpses of the love
and the glory of God. Glory that we see
in the wonders of creation, love that we
find in our family and friends. And above
all, the hope that we find in Jesus Christ
- who lived among us in this creation to
call us back to God, and died for us to
bring us new life. If nothing else, Christians
are called to be joyful.
And do the little things… we are not called
to move mountains, but rather to give a
glass of water to our neighbour who is thirsty.
It is all too easy to fix our eyes on far
horizons, and to miss what is happening
under our feet. Yes, our mission is to the
world; but the world begins with our neighbour.
For as Jesus reminds us, it is only as we
are faithful with the little things that
we will be trusted with greater things.
So have a good time this St David's Day.
And this day, and every day, be joyful and
do the little things.