Notices for Sunday 5th July 2015

Jesus told them, “A prophet has little honour in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.”
Mark  6:4 (Message)

Show us Father God how to stay true to your Scripture even when we’re with those who know us best

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Rev John Wiggall
After service tea hosts Val and Betti

Our thanks for the flowers which are given by June Jones in memory of her sister Thora
Organist: Lydia Edwards

Sunday 12th July
11.00am        Mr Ebenezer Sam
Vestry Stewards – Ian and Avril
Door Steward – Keith
Tea Hosts – Keith and Myra

Diary Dates
Mon 6th        Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Mon 6th        Festival Praise at Llangollen 7.30pm
Tue 7th        Coffee Morning Llangollen 10.00am – noon
Tue 7th        Strawberry Tea Llangollen 2.00pm
Tue 7th        Ephesian’s Bible Study Part 1 at Ruabon 7.00pm
Fri 10th        Friday Lunch Club at noon in the hall £2.50
Fri 10th        Flower Festival at Overton 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sat 11th        Coffee Morning at Regent Street 10.00am – noon
Sat 11th        Flower Festival at Overton 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sat 11th        Strawberry Fair at Rhosddu 2.30pm
Sun 12th       Flower Festival at Overton 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Sun 12th       Flower Festival Worship 6.00pm

Please pray for the following:
Richard Down
Phyllis Davies
Isobel Holroyd
Mark Steene
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.

James Knight

We are saddened by the news of the sudden death of James. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gwen and her family. The funeral will be here at 12.30pm Wed 15th July led by Rev John Wiggall followed by interment at Hope at 1.15pm. You are invited to share refreshments afterwards in our church hall.

Ernest Tait

We are also saddened by the death of Ernest after a long illness. We have prayed for him over many months and continue to pray for his family at this sad time.

baptismWe rejoice this morning
in the baptism
Evelyn Marie
Daughter of Liam and Ruth

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Marginally Mark
Mark 6:1-6

We begin with another of those little word sketches so well drawn Jesus himself might have been telling it into life. The undercurrents, tittle-tattle & backbiting of ‘back home’. The kind of scene Jesus, such a keen observer of everything going on might have told about someone else’s experience ‘back home’. What goes on where you are when someone comes back  – into home & family, society, church, & so on? Or you yourself make that pilgrimage ‘back’ somewhere? Or maybe we have to live all the time with those who grew up with us, knew us when we were ‘young & silly’, a larrikin, wild, immature, one for the girls or boys, …………? Think they still know us only too well! How good are we at seeing people as they really are, now, as God sees them, through Jesus’ eyes? We free up not just ourselves but the other, too, when we see like that. Open up potential rather than stifle it.

That Jesus was not ’empowered to do any works of power there’ apart from a few exceptions is a down to earth if thought provoking comment on the human-end-of-the-scale Jesus as distinct from the Jesus of the divine God-can-do-anything- end.

Today there’s lots of room for ’empowering’ God to empower us without going overboard in terms of an interventionist God theology? Whichever part of the church we’re members of (even if, like so many, we’re only hanging in there by the skin of our teeth) most of us don’t see much evidence that God really is alive & well, empowered & empowering. Meaning that LOVE is allowed to energise us, rule, rather than being kept shut away in our ecclesiastical cupboards under lock & key. (Or kept only as a word for use in sermons!)

My observation & experience tell of church leaders & members who allow as little power to God today as the Nazarenes allowed to Jesus back then. With the same result. Nothing much happens. Is this recognizably the story of our denomination, congregation, Home Group, etc.?

If we allow little real power to God it stands to reason the kind of mission Jesus sends us out on in our day won’t bear much fruit. The real demon needing to be cast out from many of us is making God so much in our image that he’s about as useful / useless to us as we are to him!

Brian McGowan, Anglican priest in Western Australia


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