Until the time when we were mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God, we were carefully surrounded and protected by the Mosaic law. The law was like those Greek tutors, with which you are familiar, who escort children to school and protect them from danger or distraction, making sure the children will really get to the place they set out for.
Gal 3:23-24 (Message)
Lord God, help us to lose our old sense of duty and to live in our new sense of love.
Welcome to our preacher this morning who is Rev Richard Sharples
After service tea hosts Joan and Chris
Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Val Jones in memory of her parents Mr and Mrs Wythe
Organist: Lydia Edwards
Sunday 26th June
11.00am Mr David Pickstone
Vestry Steward – Sheila
Door Steward – Bob
Tea Hosts – Bob and Evelyn
Sun 19th Exhibition of Quilts at Regent Street until 3.00pm
Tue 21st Cytun Bible Study in the Lounge 7.30pm
Wed 22nd Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Fri 24th Friday Lunch Club in the Hall at noon £3.00
Sun 26th Garden Party at Gresford 2.00pm – 4.00pm Venue Thornton Grange
Sun 26th Messy Church in Hall 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Tue 28th Coffee Morning at Llangollen 10.00am – noon
Wed 29th Church Council Meeting 7.30pm
Wed 29th “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.
Every time I give a piece of bread, I give it to Him. That is why we must find the hungry and naked. That is why we are totally bound to the poor. The poor must know that we love them, that they are wanted. They themselves have nothing to give but love.
Since the last Notices were published we have learned of the death of another of our long standing members. Joe’s death followed a long stay in hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dorothy and Edward and their families. The funeral will take place here on Wed 29th June at 2.15pm
Hope and District Cytun Bible Study
Can we build a better world? … Learning from William Wilberforce
21st June Caergwrle Methodist
2. Friendship and Prayer: then and now
28th June Llanfynyd Parish Church
3. Change and Struggle: then and now
5th July St Francis Llay
4. The Bible: then and now
12th July Emmanuel Penn-y-ffordd
5. Redemption and Restitution: then and now
The participants on the CD/audiotape are Archbishop John Sentamu, Wendy Craig and Leslie Griffiths. Dr David Hope introduces the course and 5 Poor Clares from BBC TV’s The Convent provide the Closing Reflections.
Law and Liberty
Sometimes the sins we commit are not moral ones, but spiritual. We cultivate a legal attitude towards God, and that’s wrong. Christians start out in the Spirit, but when it comes to daily living, we try to perfect ourselves by the flesh.
The law says do these things and you shall live, but the Gospel says live and these things you will do. The law commands us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind; the Gospel says that this is love: Not that we have sought God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to atone for our sins.
The law demands holiness but the Gospel gives holiness. The law makes blessings the result of obedience, but the Gospel makes obedience the result of blessings. Under the law, the old man was restrained but with the Gospel, the new man is given liberty. And one more thing: Salvation was earned under the law, but under the Gospel, salvation is a gift.
If we are right in our inward being, we shall certainly do right in our outward actions. This is what Christian liberty is all about.
Picture a woman who is a servant in a house and under the law of her master whom she tries to please. She’s paid a wage. She does her duty. But then, the master offers her his love and lifts her up from her place of service to be his bride and share his wealth. She may continue to do the same things, but now she does them with a different motive — love, not duty!
Joni Eareckson Tada – Diamonds in the Dust