Notices for Sunday 11th December 2016

There will be a highway called the Holy Road.
Isa 33:8 (Message)

Help us Father God to travel the Holy Road and live our lives according to the teaching of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Mrs Naomi Squire
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan

Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Joyce Ledgard in memory of her husband Dennis
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 18th December
11.00am        Christmas Family Service
Vestry Steward – Sheila
Door Steward – Warren
Tea Hosts – Warren and Vera

Diary Dates

December
Sun 11th        Christmas Tree Festival Llangollen 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Wed 14th      Festival of Carols at Overton 7.00pm
Fri 16th        Mince Pies and Carols Rhosymedre 7.00pm
Sat 17th       Christmas Tree Festival Llangollen 10.00am – 3.00pm
Sat 17th       Community Carols Gresford Village 4.00pm
Sun 18th       Christmas Tree Festival Llangollen 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Sun 18th       Carol Service Ruabon 3.00pm
Sun 18th       United Carol Service Llangollen Town Hall 6.00pm
Tue 20th      Ruabon Coffee Morning at Llangollen 10.00am – noon
Wed 21st      Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Wed 28th     “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship 2.00pm at the home of Barry and Angela Smith

Please pray for the following:
Isobel Holroyd
Dorreen Holroyd
Michael Shipley
Keith and Myra Baugh
Evelyn Taylor
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.

Christmas Card

We invite you once again to make a donation for Hope House Hospice in lieu of exchanging Christmas Cards. There is a card in the lounge for you to make your Christmas greeting.

A Garden Path
Isa 35:8

Many years ago my wife and I moved to Atlanta. We roamed around our new city, taking in the sights and sounds of our exciting new home. On one of our travels we happened by a place where there were some interesting shops. Above the shops was a towering building with a very unique cantilevered roof.

Not long after that trip her birthday was coming up, and I wanted to go back to those shops and find a little something for her. So I hopped in my car…looking for the tall building with the roof.

I had no other directions. No other landmark. I was just driving around one of America’s largest cities looking…for a tall building.

Funny thing is…there are quite a number of tall buildings in Atlanta. And thus, I quickly got lost. Very lost. Hopelessly lost.

Though I was able to make it home later that evening. I happened to work into the dinner time conversation…”Hunny, where was that shop with the tall building above it?”

A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. Isaiah 35:8

Did you catch that?

Isaiah tells us that there will be a public works project which will construct a highway. A “Holy Way.”

The way for God’s people.

And, it’s so easy to follow—so well signed—that not even shall the fools get lost.

I really do love that.

Because this is as clear a indication as there could be that even fools will make it into the Kingdom of God, for not even they will get lost. In fact, so many fools are counted among that number that the Holy Way is constructed in such a way so that they are not excluded.

This is good news. It is especially good news for me, for I am a fool. Not always, and not everywhere…but just often enough.

I foolishly overextend myself. I foolishly forget appointments and important occasions. Like a fool I sometimes say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing, or just stand there saying nothing at all. Sometimes my prayers are foolish. I’ve even been known to have preached a foolish sermon or two.

But, it is not my cleverness that counts me as a member of God’s Kingdom, but His kindness, love, forgiveness, and grace, and the little mustard-seed faith that I am able to muster from time to time.

That road is being built. It is being built for all of us. And, for some of us, the specifications are personalized.

Rick Morley, Rector St Mark’s, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA

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