August 2021
1st 10:30am Rev Howard Jones (C)  
8th 10:30am Mrs Catherine Griffiths    
15th 10:30am Rev A.S.Richards-Clarke    
22nd 10:30am Rev Gareth Wilde  
29th 10.30am Mr Adrian Watts  
(C) denotes communion will be held as part of the worship service

Weekday Meetings
Monday Craft Group 2:00pm 9th and 23rd

Please Pray With - BMS
As I write this, one of the latest FaceBook posts from BMS reminds us it is 100 days to CoP26 - the Climate Change summit in Glasgow in November. To quote the post:
Join us in prayer that the Lord will protect us all through the effects of a changing climate, and that wise decisions will be made at COP26 in November.
Much has been promised - let us hope that governments live up to their promises - and go even further.
The latest Tweet from BMS focuses on their Harvest campaign called I will stand. This looks at the difficulties faced by many who convert to follow Jesus - especially in some Muslim majority countries. Please pray for those Christians who face difficulties - even death - because of their faith.

Gardener's Corner    

August at last, traditionally the holiday period, particularly for those with children.
Everything is quieter this month, time to enjoy all your previous efforts to the full.
The weather is glorious but watering will keep most of us busy every evening (& morning too during this very hot spell).
Plums are ripening and will soon be followed by early varieties of apples which are lovely eaten straight from the tree! Hydrangeas are looking at their best, especially lace-cap varieties I think. A good time now to prune the long wispy shoots back to 3 or 4 buds, which will encourage flowering next spring. Hedges can also be trimmed to keep a good shape, but not too severely before late September, early October time because of the wild life within.
Phlox should be flowering now, although some things are a little late this year, but worth the wait. Buddleias are flowering profusely now and have lovely pendulous blossoms in various shade of blues and purple. These can be cut back severely when flowering is over to encourage growth for next year.
It is also a good time for taking cuttings and collecting seeds - old envelopes and clean paper bags are perfect for this, simply shake the seed heads into the paper bags.
The greenhouse is at it's peak of production now - tomatoes reaching their peak, make sure you give them plenty of support and remove side shoots regularly and their bottom leaves as they grow old. Watch out for whitefly and red spider attack, it's a good idea to wet the floor of the greenhouse to keep red spiders at bay. Try not to spray the fruit with cold water though as it will split the skins. Roses are wonderful just now, keep deadheading for further flowers.
Mostly, enjoy your gardens, they've been such an asset during the past 18 months to so many of us.

Minister's Musings
Allan's Musings - Singing again.
I must say that I am delighted that once again we are able to sing together at our Sunday service-and at any other service for that matter. I realise that there is far more to our act of worship than just the songs we sing, although it is generally quite passive in nature. There is nothing passive about singing as a congregation; it takes our will to decide to go to church and to join in. We are attuned together and are of the same mind within the words and music. We are making something tangible along with other people and not just any people, these are people we know and with whom we share a part of our lives. During the 'non-singing' times when we listened to the streamed choirs or hummed quietly along, we could not make the 'joyful noise' or 'come before his presence with singing' and we were never likely to be able to match the performances we heard from wonderful choirs and soloists but this was the best we could do at that time. The great positive we could easily overlook was that when we listened in Llanwenarth, a much larger audience was also listening and experiencing the same uplifting as us.
The physicality of singing with others enables us to form together in sound and this helps to take away the attention we might focus on ourselves and instead focus on the One. When I look at the list of songs on the board to be sung on a Sunday I remind myself of a part in the Anglican service which asks, "O Lord, open thou our lips and we shall shew forth thy praise". There is something spiritually grounding in our physical gathering together and singing which allows us to feel a unity however fleeting.
The songs we sing, of course, were written by people of great faith across the centuries and were no doubt moved to do so by the Spirit itself. They were designed to form and to shape our feelings, our thoughts and behaviour. The writers knew only too well the unique power of words and music to raise our emotional engagement in worship. How often do we hear people say "Oh, I love that hymn". We all have our favourite hymns and why? I believe it is because there is a resonance in the way we express our faith. When we ask 'Bind us together, Lord' in song, that's exactly what happens.



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