Notices for Sunday 8th January 2017

He told them, “Don’t you realize that there are yet other villages where I have to tell the Message of God’s kingdom, that this is the work God sent me to do?” Meanwhile he continued preaching in the meeting places of Galilee.
Luke 4:43-44 (Message)

Father God, as we come to you today, fill our hearts and our whole being with the wonder of your presence.

Welcome to our preacher this morning Mr Jim Wells
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan

Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 15h January
11.00am        Rev Richard Sharples
Vestry Steward – Elizabeth
Door Steward – Val
Tea Hosts – Val and Betti

Diary Dates
Wed 11th      Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Tue 17th       Oasis of Silence – Wrexham Town Centre 12.30pm. See notice below
Wed 18th      Discipleship in Community Regent Street 6.30pm
Tue 24th      Cytun Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St Francis, Llay, 7.00pm
Wed 25th     Midweek Communion at Regent Street, 11.15am
Wed 25th     “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship 2.00pm at the home of Barry and Angela Smith
Sun 29th       Messy Church in the hall 4.00pm to 6.00pm

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.

Mrs Alice Hoosen
The funeral for Mrs Hoosen will be here on Monday 16th Jan at 12.45pm and afterwards at the crematorium at 2.00pm

Church Anniversary
Sunday 19th March – All Age Worship
Please let the stewards know at the end of worship this morning who you would like to have lead the Anniversary worship.

Oasis of Silence

Last Autumn I was blessed through the gift of a 3 month sabbatical. I spent one of my early weeks on Bardsey Island, off the coast of the Lynn Peninsula, and I am finding that my mind often returns there: ‘I wonder what the sea is like today?’ Silence is not quite the word because, like Iona, you can almost always hear the wind, but this only serves to deepen the silence. The small oratory adjacent to the converted barn in which I was staying was for me an oasis of silence, and I came back determined to find more time for silence in my life. How easy it is just to sit in silence? Yet how hard to find the time and make the space!

richard-sharplesOn the weekly Iona pilgrimage, we always walk in silence from the high point to the Hermit’s Cell. I have found that another thing which deepens and sustains silence is sharing it with others. So this month a few of us are seeking to create an ‘Oasis of Silence’ in the middle of the day, in the middle of the town: 12.30pm Tuesdays from January 17th. Do join us for the silence (20 minutes and framed by Christian prayer) and bring your sandwiches to share with a cup of tea afterwards. We want this to be open to people of all faiths and none. Are you thirsty for the water of the Spirit? Then come, drink and live.

Rev Richard Sharples

This weekend the Christian Church celebrates the festival of the Baptism of Christ. Jesus was baptized as an adult by his cousin John, and as

he came up out of the water he was named by God, speaking from heaven: ‘This is my beloved Son.’

The giving of a name (usually at birth), and all the rituals that go with it, is a universal human experience. A name marks us out as an individual (even if millions share the same one!), and gives us our place in a family and in society.

The now receding practice of giving a prisoner a number and using only that instead of a name is deeply symbolic of the separation and broken relationship with the community as a result of crime — think of Jean Valjean in Les Misirables: ‘prisoner 24601’.

In the course of my ministry as a prison chaplain I’ve met a number of prisoners who not only have a number but have also had to change their name. Sometimes this is because of their notoriety and the crimes they’ve committed, and sometimes it’s because they’ve given information to the authorities and need to be protected. I remember regularly visiting one man over the course of several months and gradually learning his story. The reasons for his name change were totally understandable, but there was no doubt it had a profound effect on him, cutting him off from his sense of his place in the world and who he was. It was enormously moving when, shortly before his release, he told me his real name.

So, Heavenly Father, help us remember that You’ve called each of us by name, knowing us inside out, so precious are we to You. With that knowledge lodged in our hearts, may we treat each other with dignity and care. Amen.

Sharon Grenham-Thompson, Radio 4 “Prayer for the Day” Broadcast Thursday 8th Jan 2015

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