June 2018
Services
3rd 10:30am Welcome Service - Welcome to Creation Care    
  6:00pm Rev Ray Lewis   (C)
10th 10:30am Rev Huw Stephens    
6:00pm Rev Huw Stevphens  
17th 10:30am Rev Marc Owen   (C)
6:00pm Rev Marc Owen    
24th 10:30am The Common Good - Neighbours Luke 10:29  
6:00pm Sing to the Lord - A new song Psalm 40:3  
         
       
(C) denotes communion will be held as part of the worship service

Weekday Meetings
Monday Craft Group 2:00pm 4th and 18th
Wednesday Luncheon Club 11:30am for 12:00 noon 13th and 27th
Thursday Mums and Toddlers 9.15 to 11.30  
Ladies' Meeting 3.00pm

14th - Bible Study - Samuel

28th - TBA

Bible Study 3.00pm 7th & 21st - Acts: A church is born
     

Gardener's Corner    

June - the month of the rose and afternoon teas I always think.
Hedges are full of wild pink and white dog roses, with elderflower and wild honeysuckle, a real sign of summer.
Water features also look their best this month, if you are lucky enough to have one. Pond iris in full flower and water lilies starting to make an entrance too. Lovely reflections of plants in the water. You might even be lucky enough to see a dragonfly!
Asparagus and Jersey Royals are in abundance - my best time of year for vegetables really, but alas short-lived.
Enjoy your gardens after all the hard work, but watch out for the bugs too!


Minister's Musings
Three score years and ten - 1948 is a life-time away, yet the events of that year continue to haunt our times. We have just celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Israel, and we know the importance of a continuing Jewish homeland after the horrendous events of the Holocaust. Yet the occasion of joy for one people was also a day of catastrophe for another - and now another generation of Palestinians grow up in camps throughout the Middle East, and their homeland is diced and sliced with Israeli settlements.
Meanwhile in Germany, during 1948, the victors continued to squabble over the spoils of victory, as the Berlin Blockade and Airlift was played out. Today, of course, Berlin is one city within a unified nation. But the old antagonism between the powers of Eastern and Western Europe is growing once more, with new findings on the downing of MH17 over Ukraine, and continuing questions about Russian interference in other countries.
And 1948 saw the first elections on the Korean peninsula, elections which split the people, resulting in a war that has never ended and threatens to heat up once more.
As we question how all these - and other - events will play out, it is good to listen to Psalmist and take a longer view of things:
The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between he cherubim, let the earth shake…
The King is mighty, he loves justice - you have established equity;
in Jacob you have done what is just and right. Psalm 99

In our Welcome Service we will remind ourselves that God is the Creator of heaven and earth. Here the Psalmist reminds us that the One who created is also the One who sustains; the One who loves justice and does what is right. At times it seems that his ways will not prevail, and that injustice and evil will have their way. But we see things differently, for we know that the Crucified One is now the Risen One, and he calls us to follow him in the ways of his Kingdom.
We do not know what we will see a life-time in the future. For certain, good and ill will be mixed, and it will seem that we have taken two steps forward, and at least one back again. But the Lord will still reign, Christ will still be risen, and justice and equity will continue to be our hope because of him.

 

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