Notices for Sunday 4th October 2015

Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.
Mark 10:15 (Message)

Father God, give us the simple faith that acknowledges that we cannot understand all things but knowing that you are in control
Amen

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Ms Biddy Crossfield
After service tea hosts Bob and Evelyn

Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Norman and Frances Jones to celebrate their 51st Wedding Anniversary
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 11th October
11.00am        Rev John Wiggall (Communion)

Diary Dates

October
Mon 5th        Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Tue 6th        LA Resource evening at Rhosddu 7.30pm
Wed 7th       Weekly house group at the home of Barry Smith,             Riverslea, Sarn Lane 2.00pm
Fri 9th         Lunch Club in the hall at noon – Price £2.50
Sat 10th       Barn Dance in the School Room 7.00pm
Tue 13th       Coffee Morning at Rhosnesni 10.00am – noon
Tue 13th       Soup Lunch at Rhosymedre 1.00pm
Wed 14th      Midweek Communion Regent Street 11.15am
Wed 14th      House Bible Study at Avril’s .7.30pm – 9.00pm
Mon 19th       Church Council Meeting in the lounge 7.30pm
Wed 28th     “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship at Hope             Parish Church  7.30pm (4th Wed in the month)

Please pray for the following:
Phyllis Davies
Isobel Holroyd
Mark Steene
Gareth Jones
Kay Davies
Dorreen Holroyd
Vanessa Woolrich
Lucy Gilston

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.

Commentary
Mark 10:1-16

“Jesus typically fends off his opponents by going on the counterattack. When the Pharisees ask whether divorce is lawful, he asks them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ This rejoinder recasts the issue from a hypothetical debate about some unspecified husband to a command directed to them. It also exposes a fatal flaw in the Pharisees’ whole approach to the law. They come at the law asking, ‘What does it allow me to do?’ or, to put it more bluntly, ‘What can I get away with?’ This preoccupation with legal subtleties ultimately neglects God’s will, which is primarily concerned with love for the neighbor (12:31). They are interested in their rights, not their responsibilities, and pursue legal exoneration for a behavior no matter how it might affect another person. They ask only about the husband’s right to divorce and pay no attention to the needs of the wife — what it does to her or to children, whether she has any right to object to a divorce. Jesus’ question uncovers their sinful hearts hidden behind the mask of legal rectitude.”

“The basic fact that vitiated the whole situation was that in Jewish law a woman was regarded as a thing. She had no legal rights whatever but was at the complete disposal of the male head of the family. The result was that a man could divorce his wife on almost any grounds, while there were very few on which a woman could seek divorce. At best she could only ask her husband to divorce her. ‘A woman may be divorced with or without her will, but a man only with his will.?’”

Gracepoint, Berkley, California, USA

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