Notices for Sunday 15th March 2015

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
John 3:16 (Message)

Father God, help us to be reassured that you love us and your free mercy is we are forgiven for our sins.
Amen

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Mr Tim Guy
After service tea hosts Warren and Vera

Our thanks for the flowers which are given by Gwynneth Williams in memory of her husband Geraint
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 22nd March
11.00am Preacher   Rev Phil Poole (Anniversary)
Vestry Stewards – Elizabeth and Judith
Door Steward – Betti
Tea Hosts – Val and Betti

Diary Dates
March
Mon 16th       Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Tue 17th       Hotpot Lunch at Rhosnesni 12.30pm
Wed 18th      ‘Dying’ Reflecting on art & faith at Regent Street 7.00pm
Sat 21st       ‘Seasoned With Salt’ North Wales Women’s Conference Memorial Hall Wrexham 10.30am – 3.30pm See Notice Board
Sun 22nd       Circuit Review meeting after worship (see below)
Mon 23rd      ‘What’s been going on?’  Glyndwr University 6.00pm
Tue 24th      Circuit Meeting at Rhosnesni 7.30pm
Wed 25th     Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am

Please pray for the following:
Richard Down
Phyllis Davies
Isobel Holroyd
Ernest Tait
Maurice Anderton
Ruth Hodson
Vanessa Woolrich
Kay Davies
Seren Williams

All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.

Circuit Review

Following on from our meeting with Carl and Naomi Squire when we reviewed the history, present and future for our church we need to decide how to present our hopes and aspirations to the Circuit Review Meeting which will take place on Sunday 19th April.

We will have a meeting after morning worship on Sunday 22nd March where we will share ideas on how best to make our presentation. We can use any method of our choosing, drama, music, poetry etc so we invite you to share whatever ideas you may have.

Flower Rota

Would you like to place flowers in the chapel for worship on the following Sundays?
March 29th, May 10th and 24th, October 25th and December 13th for this year. February 14th for next year.
Please let Vera know so she can add your name to the Flower Rota.

Active love

In today’s world, wracked by terrorism, poverty, lawlessness, disease, and violence, the message of the gospel and the need for Christians who put their faith into action has never been more acute. We, the followers of Jesus Christ, are an integral part of God’s plan for the world—the same world that God loved so much—”that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). In this famous verse we see the depth of God’s love for our world. It was not a passive and sentimental love but rather a dynamic, active, and sacrificial love.

For God so loved the world that he acted!

Richard Stearns, President, World Vision United States, Introduction to Faith In Action Study Bible: Living God’s Word in a Changing World [2005]

Paul’s change of heart
Eph 2:4-10

The God of Pharisaism was like the God of the Deists, He stood aloof from the world He had made, and let law take its course. He did not here and now deal with sinful men. Paul lets us see how new and wonderful was the experience when God “flashed on his heart” in personal dealing with him. He had not suspected that God was like that. His theological studies had told him that God was loving and merciful; but he had thought this love and mercy were expressed once and for all in the arrangements He had made for Israel’s blessededness. . . . It was a new thing to be assured by an inward experience admitting of no further question that God loved him, and that the eternal mercy was a Father’s free forgiveness of His erring child. This was the experience that Christ had brought him: he had seen the splendor of God’s own love in the face of “the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” What knowledge of Jesus Christ and His teaching lay behind the flash of enlightenment it is now im­possible for us to say: but it is clear that the God whom Paul met was the “Father” of Jesus’ own Gospel parables, the Shepherd who goes after the one sheep until He finds it. It was the God, in fact, whom the whole of the life of Jesus set forth, to the astonishment of those among whom He moved. Living still, He brought God to men in the same unmistakable way. The divine love that through Jesus had found Zacchaeus the publican had now through the risen Jesus found Paul the Pharisee. Henceforward the central facts of life for Paul were that while he was yet a sinner God had found and forgiven him, and that this was the work of Jesus Christ, in whose love the love of God had become plain.

C. H. Dodd, The Meaning of Paul For Today [1920]

 

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