Notices for Sunday 27th November 2016

For the sake of my family and friends, I say it again: live in peace!
Psalm 122:8 (Message)

Father God, we pray for peace in the world for all people whatever their ethnicity or faith. We pray for justice and lack of discrimination, for the cessation of war that enables people to live safely in their own countries.

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Rev Richard Sharples

After service tea hosts Bob and Evelyn
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 4th December
11.00am        Mr Philip Oliver
Vestry Steward – Ian
Door Steward – Val
Tea Hosts – Val and Betti

Diary Dates

Sun 27th       Messy Church here at Caergwrle 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Mon 28th      “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship 2.00pm at the home of Barry and Angela Smith
Mon 28th      Alpha Course at Gresford 6.30pm
Tue 29th      Every Day with Jesus Study Group 10.30am
Tue 29th      Christmas Gift Stall at Rhosymedre 2.00pm
Tue 29th      Extraordinary Church Council Meeting 7.30pm
Wed 30th     Wisdom Through the Bible 2.00pm at home of Elizabeth Coulton
Wed 30th     Circuit Meeting Regent Street 7.30pm

Fri 2nd         Friday Lunch Club in the Hall £3
Sat 3rd         Coffee Morning at Ruabon 10.00am – noon
Sat 3rd         Church Fair at Gresford 12.30pm
Sat 3rd         Christmas Tea at Rhosddu 2.30pm
Sun 4th         Chapel Anniversary at Overton 6.30pm
Mon 5th        Carol Singing around the village 6.00pm
Tue 6th        Christmas Coffee Morning Llangollen 10.00am – noon
Wed 7th       Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am

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

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.

Hope and District Cytun
Shared News

St Martin’s Parish Church, Llay
Carols ‘Round the Christmas Tree
Friday 9th December 6pm

A new symbol for the village has recently appeared in the form of a Christmas Tree which has been planted in the Rockery opposite St Martin’s Church. The initiative has been taken by the Community Council during this year when we mark 50 years since the closure of Llay Main Colliery. The Tree will now be a focal point in the centre of the village to celebrate Christmas each year.

A special celebration will take place around the tree when carols will be sung accompanied by the Llay Welfare Band, with the Blessing of the Tree and switching on the Lights.

We hope that as many people as possible will be able to come along to join in with the celebration which will be followed with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies served at St Martin’s Church Hall.

Hope Parish Church
Sunday 27th Nov 4pm “The Start of Christmas “Light up the Village” event. A combination of outdoor and indoor with Roman soldiers.
A service including Open Prayer each Thursday in Advent at 3.15pm  commencing Thu 1st Dec.
The church will be open from 8.30am to 4.30pm when requests for prayer may be added to the prayer list.
There will be a quiet service on Sun 11th Dec at 3.00pm for those who find Christmas hard to face due to bereavement or illness of family.
Christingle Services at 3.00pm and 5.00pm on Christmas Eve.

Prayer for the Day

The Czech author Milan Kundera wrote a novel agreeing with Nietzsche that it makes no sense to claim moral meaning in a world without God. Without God, Kundera says, our condition is at best ‘the unbearable lightness of being’ — the title of his brilliant novel.

The writer of Psalm I agrees! Without God, he says, we are like the chaff over corn that is so light, it is weightless.

But, he adds, the person who knows God is like ‘a tree planted by the streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.’ God’s intention is to make us like trees that grow near the ocean. They are strong because they have endured gale-force winds. Consequently their roots grow deep and their branches are sturdy.

We wonder if surrendering our lives to God will make us boring and dull. But the Bible reveals that knowing God gives us lives bursting with vitality!

Yes, life is difficult. But instead of blaming God for our difficulties, let’s turn to God for help — for that will make all the difference. The real surprise in the biblical story is God. The God who seeks us. The God who sent His Son, Jesus. The God who loves us. The God who will not let us go.

When we read the biblical story of David, we see a man so utterly human. He danced, he cried, he made mistakes and he loved God with every fibre of his being. And what was God’s verdict on David’s passionate expression of humanity and faith? He said: ‘Now there’s a man after my own heart.’

Oh Lord, create in us a new heart and give us a heart like Yours. Amen.

Rebecca Pippert
Radio 4 – Prayer for the Day, Broadcast Fri 27 Nov 2015

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