Notices for Sunday 7th May 2017

I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture.
John 10:9 (Message)

May going through the gate lead us to Witness, Love and Service
Amen.

Welcome to our preacher this morning who is Rev John Wiggall
After service tea hosts Chris and Evelyn

Our thanks for the flowers which are given by Marilyn Edwards  in memory of her mother Dilys Whitley
Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 14th May
11.00am             Mrs Naomi Squire (Parade)
Vestry Steward – Sheila
Door Steward – Val
Tea Hosts – Val and Betti

Diary Dates

May
Mon 8th        “Square Mile” Study in the lounge 2.00pm
Tue 9th        Oasis of Silence – Regent Street at 12.30pm for 20 minutes. Bring lunch to share afterwards
Wed 10th      Midweek Communion at Regent Street, 11.15am
Fri 12th        Friday Lunch Club 12 noon in the hall £3
Mon 15th       Circuit Men’s Supper at Gresford 7.00pm
Fri 19th        Joan McGowan “May Melodies” Concert 7.30pm in the hall – Tickets £5
Sun 21st       Anniversary Choral Concert at Rhosddu 7.30pm
Sun 28th       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
Gwyneth Williams

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.

Finding unity in communion – Acts 2:42-47

It is a singularly unpleasant thought that a book about Holy Communion is more likely to produce disagreement and controversy than one written on almost any other Christian subject. It seems a truly terrible thing that this Sacred Appointment, which was surely meant to unite, in actual practice divides Christians more sharply than any other part of their worship. Christians of various denominations may, and frequently do, work together on social projects, they may study the Scripture together, and they may . . . pray together. But the moment attendance at the Lord’s Table is suggested, up go the denominational barriers. . . . I would make a strong plea that we do not exclude from the Lord’s Table in our Church those who are un­doubtedly sincere Christians. I cannot believe that to communicate together with our Lord should be regarded as the consummation, the final pinnacle, of the whole vast work of Reunion.

J. B. Phillips, Appointment with God [1956]

In the lounge
Four Mondays in May
Starting tomorrow 1st May
2.00pm

 

Square Mile is a study which aims to catalyse and equip Christians to take a truly integrated approach to mission, expressed in four dimensions:

Mercy: demonstrating God’s compassion to the poor.
Influence: being salt and light in the public life of the community.
Life Discipleship: equipping Christians for missional living as workers & neighbours.
Evangelism: faithful and relevant communication of the gospel.

Led by Rev Richard Sharples

PLEASE NOTE

Only one person turned up for the study last week. This could have been for a number of reasons, a) it was a Bank Holiday, b) people were on holiday, c) people were ill, d) Monday wasn’t a suitable day, e) 2.00pm wasn’t a suitable time.

Whatever the reason, it is not fair to take up Richard’s valuable time by agreeing to hold studies like this one if in fact people don’t want them.

It would be helpful if you could let Bob know whether you intend to be there tomorrow. This will give an opportunity to let Richard know in good time whether to lead the study.

The study is intended to help us think through how we can be a church centred in our community and best we might plan a way forward.

The intention is to have session 1 tomorrow and agree at this first session when to fit another session to replace the one we missed last week.

There won’t be any notices next week so we take this opportunity today to give our good wishes for a special birthday.

Congratulations
And every blessing
To
Betti Hughes
Sat 20th May
John 10:1-10

 

 

We talk about the shortage of vocations. We wonder about a time when hundreds joined every year. This brings up all sorts of questions about the future of the church. Vocations is not about priesthood only, or religious life. The first big moment of vocation is baptism. The anointing of chrism is the anointing of vocation.

Witness, Love and Service

The baptismal vocation is for Witness, Love and Service. This will be expressed in ways in which people take on their baptism. In married life, single life – within the single life, religious life, priesthood.

Witness – to our faith, the love of God. To the life and the values of Jesus in our lives. Teaching is not itself a vocation for example but the way we teach is a way of living out our vocation.

Love – the ordinary relationships of life. In the special promise of marriage, in family and in friendship. Any love is a sharing in the love of God and a sharing of the love of God. In the moments of unselfish love in any relationship we are living out the vocation. When you love, you are doing God’s will!

Service – the wider world. Love of the poorer world, here and elsewhere. A way of welcoming the stranger. Christian love doesn’t always mean knowing a person. We want to make the lives of all deserving of the name human.

Donal Neary SJ, The Sacred Heart Messenger, Dublin, Eire

 

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