Service - Welcome to Love
Joyful Letter - Contentment
Wales Baptist College Student
Wales Baptist College Student
denotes communion will be held as part
of the worship service
for 12:00 noon
Half Term - 2nd
- Bring a Hymn
- Pancake and Poem
- Easter People -
Simon of Cyrene
Evening - St David's Eve, Wednesday 28th at
All those who heard my Sermon on New Year's
Eve will be aware of my desire that we become
a tighter knit fellowship. My theme was from
John's Gospel - 15:12-14:
This is my commandment, that you love one
another as I have loved you. Greater love has
no one than this, that someone lay down his
life for his friends. You are my friends if
you do what I command you.
This all stemmed from discussions we had one
Welcome Back Sunday, when we considered whether
each of us as Brothers and Sisters in Christ
uplifted each other as we went through life.
Some of us know each other quite well and others
not so well, but our over-all conclusion was
that we did not know each other well enough
as friends to uplift or help each other as much
Jesus would like us to. How can we empathise
with and show love to each other when we don't
know each other as Friends? Don't know where
people live, perhaps, or what their family set
up is, or where they go on holiday, or if they
have any illnesses or other needs.
One way to make deeper friendships is to meet
socially and find out more about each other,
and so become a fellowship that looks after
each other, and where a friend becomes a Sister
or Brother in Christ. Where we become a unified
family that seeks the same goal, a goal that
brings honour and glory to our Heavenly Father.
Our first fellowship evening is on St David's
Eve - February 28th. One or two Brothers or
sisters will show a few holiday slides to give
us a well needed glimpse of sunshine. Then,
in line with our Welsh theme, we will share
a bowl of Potato and Leek Soup, or even some
Please come along if you are able - for yourself,
for the fellowship and for the love you bear
for Jesus our Friend and Master.
Thank you - Andrew, on behalf of the Minister
and all the Deacons.
transforms the neighbourhood in a way
you may not welcome, but gives a good
excuse for sitting indoors in the warm
and enjoying the view!
After all the recent rain the gardens
are very soggy this year, making outdoor
work difficult. On a fine day it is good
to get outside and tidy up ready for the
Repairs can also be dealt with now, check
fences, paths and outdoor structures.
Crocuses should now be peeping through
and even the odd daffodil or two. Snowdrops
are at their best during this month and
can always cheer us up - such brave little
flowers I always think!
Enjoy your gardens when the weather permits.
is just around the corner. You get that
feeling in the air, as the days get longer
and the sun begins to have some warmth when
it shines. And you see it on the roadsides,
as the snowdrops come to full bloom, and
remind us of the floral feast that is to
come. Such new life brings new hope with
it - the dark days will soon be in the past,
and once more we will enjoy the sunshine.
Of course, in other area things do not look
so bright. The NHS is still chronically
underfun ded, Government plans to reduce
the consumption of plastics seem so slow
they look glacial, and a new phase has begun
in Syria as Turkey takes on the Kurdish
forces in the area - both our allies in
the struggle against the twin evils of Assad
and ISIS. One wonders how it will all end.
And then, like the Psalmist, we come to
the house of worship, and remember. Remember
in that in the midst of all that changes
- and all that stays the same, but you wish
would change - there is One who is both
constant and faithful to the purposes of
his creation. So Psalm 73 tells us:
Truly God is good to the upright,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped…
until I went into the sanctuary of God…
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and
It is not that faith suddenly makes all
things better or puts all things right.
Nor that enough faith will ensure that we
avoid the pain and the suffering in the
world. But faith will give us another perspective
on what is happening. And faith will help
us to continue even through the hardest
and darkest of times. For in faith we know
that God is with us, and that in Jesus Christ
he has prevailed even through death to new
So we continue to hope as we rejoice in
the signs of spring. And our will not prove
vain, for though the spring will pass and
winter will come again, and there will be
places where the darkness never seems to
fade, yet we know God will bring in his
kingdom of justice and joy - through Jesus
Christ, his Son and our risen Lord.