Good evening friends,
And just like that it’s June! A late letter this week after a lovely day. For weeks I have had today in my diary – a day that Will and I had set aside to spend time in some of our churches praying and resting in our sacred spaces. It’s all too easy for us to get caught up in the doing, and not spend a little bit of time being. I quite often try to set aside time to do this but things always seem to get in the way. Today they did not! We managed to spend time in six of our churches, each of them was a joy and offered some very special time. So today we prayed for people, for communities, for hopes, and for concerns. You were prayed for and God’s presence was felt in every space and every prayer.
As we went around the churches I was reminded of how hard so many of you work to ensure our churches and churchyards are well kept. Thank you.
The next week or so is the Churches Unlocked Festival. The website is here – https://www.churchesunlocked.org/
There are dozens of churches across South Wales taking part, in our diocese and the Diocese of Llandaff. I hope you will be able to take the chance to visit and join in with some of the activities that are going on. So much time and effort has gone into this festival, hoping to bring together churches and their communities. Almost every moment of the planning has been in the care of people like yourselves, unpaid folk who love their church. It’s really rather special!
I’ll finish this evening with a blessing suitable for any time but especially suitable as we approach Trinity Sunday –
May the eyes of the Father watch over us, keeping us and ours ever in his gaze.
May the arms of Christ hold us close and surround us each moment of our lives with his care.
May the wings of the Spirit shelter each of us and enfold all our days and our nights with God’s peace.
With love, (you know where I am)
–Please note I will not usually reply to emails received on Fridays as this is my rest day. If you need me urgently please send me a voicemail on my mobile number. Thank you for your understanding.