Notices for Sunday 5th March 2017

When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.
Matt 6:2-4 (Message)

Help us Father God to show humility in all that we do in your name.
Amen.

Welcome to our preacher this morning who is Mrs Karen Turlay-Rose
After service tea hosts Warren and Vera

Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Janet Bradshaw
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 12th March
11.00am          Rev John Wiggall (Communion)

Diary Dates

March
Tue 7th        Coffee Morning at Llangollen 10.00am
Tue 7th        Oasis of Silence – Regent Street at 12.30pm for 20 minutes
Wed 8th       Midweek Communion at Regent Street, 11.15am
Thu 9th        Mental Wellbeing Project, Regent Street 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Fri 10th        Friday Lunch Club 12 noon in the hall £3
Fri 10th        Stations of the Cross, St Francis, Llay, 7.00pm see Notice Board
Sat 11th        Mental Wellbeing Project, Regent Street 10.00am to 1.00pm
Tue 14th       Developing Dementia Friendly Churches Llangollen Pavilion 9.30am to 3.30pm
Fri 17th        Men’s Supper here 7.00pm. Rev John Wiggall
Sat 18th       Sparks of Light, Bayston Hill Methodist Church Iona Community 10.00am to 4.00pm
Wed 22nd     “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship 2.00pm at the home of Barry and Angela Smith
Sun 26th       Messy Church in the hall 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Tue 28th      Abermorddu School Choir and Buckley Brass in the hall 7.30pm Tickets £6

Please pray for the following:
Isobel Holroyd
Dorreen Holroyd
Michael Shipley
Keith and Myra Baugh
Evelyn Taylor
Pete and Ruby Kasprowicz
Gwyneth Williams
John Wiggall

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.

50-anniversayCongratulations
To
Alan and Joan McGowan

There is an “Open House” invitation for you to join them at home from 2.00pm this Saturday 11th March
All Friends Welcome

Prayer For The Day

When I got married, my friend Emma gave me a cookbook. Inside was a message about how `Abraham and Sarah entertained angels unawares’. In the story in the Book of Genesis, three strangers appear from nowhere. Abraham invites them into his tent, and he and his wife Sarah present them with a generous —if hurriedly prepared — meal.

That ministry of hospitality has always been important in lots of faith traditions. It was taken up by many of the monasteries, who offered a meal and a bed for the night to travellers. And it was developed further as the religious communities invited people to share their way of life for a brief time on retreat.

Retreats offer the opportunity to take time out to rest, reflect and pray as a way of recharging your spiritual batteries, so that you’re ready to re-engage with the world you’ve left behind. There’s a chance to `touch base’ with God in a different way, because the community will have its own particular rhythms of prayer and work and worship.

I remember once going on a retreat that required me to spend eight days in silence. The not-talking didn’t worry me as much as the not-doing-anything. I was used to being occupied. But really I’d just been preoccupied. The discipline of silence helped me discover the wonder of just walking and sitting, reading and daydreaming.

And it only happened because that little community had welcomed me, and for that brief time, allowed me to share their life. To invite another to step over the threshold opens up so many possibilities: a stranger may become a friend —and the unexpected guest makes possible an encounter with God Himself.

Jenny Wigley. BBC Radio 4, 5th March 2009

Post Script

Following on from Jenny Wigley’s broadcast above you may like to try experiencing “Oasis of Silence” held every week at Regent Street. It’s at 12.30pm every Tuesday in the Prayer Room led by Richard Sharples. A period of shared silence framed by prayer for 20 minutes.

Bring your sandwiches and enjoy a time of conversation afterwards with a cup of tea or coffee.

 

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