Notices for Sunday 19th April 2015

He said, “You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations—starting from here, from Jerusalem! You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses.
Luke 24:47-48 (Message)

Show us Father God your mission that we might understand and carry out your command.
Amen

We welcome to our preacher this morning who is Rev Richard Sharples
After service tea hosts Warren and Vera

Our thanks for the flowers which are given by Vanessa Woolrich in memory of her sisters Avril and Ivy
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 26th April
11.00am        Preacher   Mr Philip Oliver
Vestry Stewards – Ian and Judith
Door Steward – Betti
Tea Hosts –  Val and Betti

Diary Dates
April

Sun 19th            Circuit Vision Day (See notice below)
Mon 20th      Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Fri 24th       Friday Lunch Club at noon in the hall £2.50
Tue 21st       Rhosymedre Anniversary Tea 4.00pm
Wed 22nd     Midweek communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Wed 22nd     Bible Study at Avril’s 7.30pm

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

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.

VISIONCircuit Vision Day
Today
At Regent Street

2.00pm        Sharing our story, Discerning our mission
5.00pm        Faith Tea
6.00pm        Service

Bob, Ian and Joan McGowan are presenting our story. It would be good to have as many as possible attend today. If you can’t make the afternoon then do come for the act of worship.

The Church’s Mission?
Luke 24:47-48

The Church has no mission of its own. All we can have by our­selves is a club or a debating society; and our only hope, left to our­selves, is to win as many members for our own club and away from other clubs as we can. And whatever this is, it is not Mission. Mission belongs to God. The Mission was His from the beginning; it is His; it will always be His. He has His purposes from the foundation of the world, and the means to fulfill them; and the only part the Church has in this is obedience—a share in the eternal and life-giving obedience of the Son of God . . . And the most terrible judgment on the Church comes when God leaves us to our own devices because He is tired of waiting for our obedience—leaves us to be the domestic chaplains to a comfortable secular world—and goes Himself into the wilderness of human need and injustice and pain. This judgment does come on churches and nations, when they forget that God is in command, that He does the choosing.

Stephen F. Bayne, Jr., An Anglican Turning Point [1964]

The Missionary Motive
Acts 3:14-15

The missionary goes out to men of other faiths and of no faith, not to argue, not to make comparisons, never to claim a superior knowl­edge or revelation, but to tell of a glorious deed, of the New Creation that has occurred and of the New Being that has appeared and into which men may enter. This is testimony, the apostolic testimony, and this, with the energy of love, is the missionary motive. The insistent task of missionary education and responsibility is to engender this motive throughout the Church, a task that can only be accomplished as men are confronted anew with the message of the Bible and with its supreme and central story, the story of the cross.

Douglas Webster, Local Church and World Mission [1964]

Let us affirm our faith.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
Son of the one God,
maker and sustainer of earth, sea and sky.
born of Mary’s womb,
faithful to the God of Abraham and Sarah,
Jesus healed the sick,
served the poor,
and proclaimed heaven on earth.
Condemned by the religious,
crucified by the state,
he died
but transformed even death
and rose to life everlasting.
He blessed the disciples with his Holy Spirit and
sent them forth, East and West, North and South.
We commit ourselves
to Jesus,
to one another as brothers and sisters
and to his mission in the world
in the grace of the Holy Spirit.   Amen.

From the Iona Abbey Worship Book
© Iona Community, used with permission.

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