Notices for Sunday 4th September 2016

Maybe it’s all for the best that you lost him for a while. You’re getting him back now for good—and no mere slave this time, but a true Christian brother! That’s what he was to me—he’ll be even more than that to you.
Philemon 1:15-16 (Message)

Show us Father God how to combat the injustices in the world, particularly those which enslave people and de-humanizes them

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Mr Ebeneezer Sam
After service tea hosts Val and Betti

Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Margaret and Alison Welsh in memory of a treasured grandson and nephew Callum Robert
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 11th September
11.00am        Rev John Wiggall (Communion)
Vestry Steward – Sheila
Door Steward – Chris
Tea Hosts – Chris and Joan

Diary Dates

Tue 6th        Every Day with Jesus Study Group 10.30am
Fri 9th         Friday Lunch Club in the Hall. £3.00
Sat 10th       Rhosddu Coffee Morning at Regent Street 10.00am to noon
Mon 12th       Alpha Course at Gresford 6.30pm
Wed 14th      Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Tue 20th      Circuit Meeting at Overton 7.30pm
Sun 25th       Messy Church here at Caergwrle 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Mon 26th      “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship 2.00pm (See Notice Below)

Please pray for the following:
Isobel Holroyd
Dorreen Holroyd
Vanessa Woolrich
Pete and Ruby Kasprowicz
Michael Shipley
Keith and Myra Baugh
Evelyn Taylor

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.

Time Out

Barry and Angela Smith will be starting their House group at 2:00pm on Monday 26th Sept at Riverslea , Sarn Lane ,Caergwrle, Tel No 01978 761178. All most welcome. It is a max of 6 weeks each stand alone so don’t worry about missing any. The frequency is fixed at the 1st meeting as to whether to meet weekly or fortnightly and/or evening is better for some (a 2nd evening one will be considered if demand is there).

Philemon 1:1-21

Ahh, the temptation to command another. And, oh how difficult to appeal through love.

As we look back on slavery we are able to wonder how much sooner it might have been overcome had someone in the Bible had given us a clearer word than periodic emancipation and so many examples of folks freed who then enslaved others.

What we are not able to see is our own blind spots that later generations will look back on and wonder why there wasn’t much made of our equivalents of slavery. As we do the long slog of finally resolving the discrimination we have imposed upon different sexual orientations, as though gender/partner preference were the most significant quality of a person, the question arises as to what the next great issue will be. Will we cycle back through some of the old ones? Will it be another round of crusades? Another allowance of tribal genocides?

May our hearts be refreshed enough to clearly see who is being kept down for no good reason and stand with them.

I’ve been waiting so long
for you to do the right thing
my patience has been extended
beyond my comfort level
in order that you might
voluntarily do good to another

in such I have been complicit
in your evil ways
aided and abetted
your delusion of hierarchy
let you get away with
enslaving our kinfolk

how might we partner
we three so different
and so connected
when will we set aside
our givens and assumptions
to set each other free

Wesley White, Kairos-CoMotion, Wisconsin, USA


Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. The practice still continues today in one form or another in every country in the world. From women forced into prostitution, children and adults forced to work in agriculture, domestic work, or factories and sweatshops producing goods for global supply chains, entire families forced to work for nothing to pay off generational debts; or girls forced to marry older men, the illegal practice still blights contemporary world.

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) around 21 million men, women and children around the world are in a form of slavery. There are many different characteristics that distinguish slavery from other human rights violations, however only one needs to be present for slavery to exist. Someone is in slavery if they are:

●   forced to work – through mental or physical threat;
●   owned or controlled by an ’employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
●   dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’;
●   physically constrained or has restrictions placed on his/her freedom of movement.

Contemporary slavery takes various forms and affects people of all ages, gender and races. Many forms of slavery involve more than one element or form. For example, trafficking often involves an advance payment for the trip and organising a promised job abroad which is borrowed from the traffickers. Once at the destination, the debt incurred serves as an element of controlling the victims as they are told they cannot leave the job until the debt is paid off.

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