When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. . . . . .Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks . . . .
Acts 1:1 and 2b (Message)
Show us Father God what ‘when’ is in our lives and what ‘then’ will make a difference.
Local Arrangement service led by members of the congregation
After service tea hosts Bob and Evelyn
Our thanks for the flowers which are given by Elizabeth Coulton
Music: Lydia Edwards, Adam Hodson, Alison Mills
Sunday 31st May
11.00am Mr Carl Squire
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Door Steward – Betti
Tea Hosts – Betti and Val
Tue 26th Coffee Morning at Llangollen Memorial Hall 10.00am
Wed 27th Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Fri 29th Friday Lunch Club at noon in the hall £2.50
Mon 1st Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
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Sat 6th Church Fair at Gresford 12.30pm
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Tue 9th Concert in Church Hall 7.30pm Tickets £5, Cor Y Pentan, Northop Youth & Training Band
Please pray for the following:
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.
When and Then!
When And Then
For each when there is a then…
The word ‘when’ seems so innocent and innocuous but it is the precursor to marvellous, magical, mischievous, malign, morose and mournful events.
In the passage:
When the day of Pentecost had come…
When they heard the sound, they came on the run…
What ‘when’ is in my life and in yours?
When will I be more attentive to God?
When will I experience God inside the room not outside?
When will I love more deeply?
When will I die?
When will I rise again?
When will I arrive?
When will I be more disciplined with my time?
When will I give more of myself to my wife and children?
When will I respond to those who suffer in a personal and committed way?
But ‘when’ is not just about me and my ‘when’ but about all people – those inside the room, those who ran to the room, and even those who do not run and see – the ambivalent and absent ones.
When will others know God as a God of love, peace and mercy?
When will God’s presence in other religions be revealed and understood?
When will the Nigerian girls go home?
When will asylum seekers be released?
When will they be welcomed?
When will suffering end for those who are ill?
When will the pain stop for those who mourn?
When will the song of the birds and wonder of creation remind us of God’s goodness?
When will communities learn to live openly as well as exclusively in their uniqueness with translucent, transparent, transforming walls which build other communities as well as value their diversity?
When will the hungry be fed?
When will the leaders of nations have greater wisdom?
Yet within the passage for each when there is a then…
‘Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through the ranks…’
‘Then… they were thunderstruck…’
The ‘then’ does not always ‘solve’ the ‘when’ but it gives us hope that ‘then’ something will be different, it encourages us that something else is coming. Or, maybe more accurately that someone else is coming.
God will act! Even though, as Jesus says, no one knows the time, the time is still coming. This is our reassurance and hope that ‘when’ is not ignored and there will be a ‘then’, a time when the kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven.
Rev Peter Lockhart, Uniting Church, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia