It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country.
Luke 15:13b (Message)
Father God, we pray your blessing on our life’s journey, that wherever we find ourselves we stay close to home as part of your kingdom.
We welcome our preacher this morning who is Rev John Wiggall
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan
Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Jacquie Robinson in memory of Pamela Sinclair
Organist: Joan McGowan
Sunday 13th March
11.00am Mr Ian Valentine
Vestry Steward – Ian
Door Steward – Bob
Tea Hosts – Bob and Evelyn
Mon 7th Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Mon 7th Social Evening at Llangollen Memorial Hall 7.00pm
Tue 8th Cytun Lent Study at Llanfynydd Parish Church 7.30pm
Wed 9th Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Fri 11th Friday Lunch Club in the Hall at noon £2.50
Fri 11th Line Dancing in the Church Hall 7.30pm
Sat 12th Prayer Morning at Wrexham 9.30am – noon
Thu 17th Circuit Meeting at Rhosymedre 7.30pm
Sat 19th LA Resources Afternoon at Ruabon 2.00pm
Sat 19th Ceilidh at Regent Street 7.00pm – £5/£3 in aid of Annie, Mary and James
Wed 30th “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship at Hope Parish Church 7.30pm (4th Wed in the month)
Please pray for the following:
Pete and Ruby Kasprowicz
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.
The Roots and Shoots of Methodism
The banners are being hung throughout the year in every church in the circuit during the month when their anniversary service occurs.
This month is Caergwrle’s anniversary and so we have the banners throughout March.
The enclosed leaflet gives the background to the creation of the banners and describes what each banner represents.
What ‘far countries’ do we live in, or have we inhabited? The ‘far country’ isn’t geographical at all, in most cases. More of the mind, emotions, outlook, failure or even too much success. All that kind of thing. It’s not only other people who go & live in ‘far countries’. Most of us do at some time. Maybe only briefly, at some critical stage of life. Maybe longer term. Jesus’ ‘prodigal’ (v. 13) bears all our names, faces, & personal profiles to some degree in his story, his journey, away & home again.
Jesus, skilful story-teller that he is manages to build his story round the younger son, but leaves us pondering the father’s huge (prodigal) generosity; the elder son in his hurt & inability to cope with what’s happening. Aren’t the latter’s ‘this son of yours’ just about the cruellest words in Scripture?
Interestingly enough, given that it’s Jesus telling the tale, the Father doesn’t come out of the story unscathed. He’d never found the means to convince the elder boy he loved him, too. What does it take to convince us of that kind of thing? Relationships don’t just happen. Well, not deep & meaningful ones. They are born of Grace. A response to grace. And to enter into, build God-quality relationships we need to translate grace into love, compassion, acceptance, whichever expression of it is appropriate for the moment. The moment. Of leaving home, coming home, remaining home, all the other moments of life.
The father watches for the prodigal not just with eye-sight but heart-sight. Just as it’s heart-sight that brings his son home at last. The way he responds shows the father to be prodigal too, with the graces mentioned above & more. How is the elder brother to deal with two prodigals in the family?
Methinks whatever else Jesus means, he means us all to be prodigals with the grace God bestows so prodigally on us. Even if that means learning the hard way that it’s better to ‘pitch our moving tent a day’s march nearer home’ than to stay in any far land.
If we were given an assignment of finishing the story, going on from where it leaves off, in which direction(s) would we take it? Where would it take us? How do we know when we’re ‘home’ & not in the pits, among the pigs, in a ‘far country’?
Brian McGowan, Anglican priest in Western Australia.