LiFT 12th August
Good afternoon friends,
I am delighted that we now have the communities of Llanhennock and Llandegfedd officially with us. Nine is such a lovely number – 3×3 – a trinity of trinities! That is probably a heresy but I can live with that! I have noticed how willingly people are worshipping in churches other than their “home” church and I encourage everyone to enjoy the opportunities our rota offers us to be pilgrims throughout the area. My mind immediately wanders towards some sort of pilgrim route, or passport challenge, in which we all try to worship in every church over a period of time. We could even have a prize! Shall I work on that as a proper idea and plan or am I losing the plot? Let me know perhaps?
My other piece of news is to ask you to save a date – all the way into 2022!
On Sunday 20th February, in the afternoon, time to be confirmed, Bishop Cherry will be with us to preside at a Service of Confirmation. In recent years, with the admission of children to Communion before Confirmation, this service has taken a slightly different emphasis, but it remains an important part of our Anglican tradition. It is a service in which we confirm for ourselves the promises that were made for us at our baptism, in the presence of our church, our family and our friends. The bishop lays hands on those being confirmed asking for God’s Holy Spirit to give them strength and commitment to live in God’s love for the rest of their lives. It is a lovely service and I hope we will be able to have a wonderful celebration that day.
If you haven’t been confirmed (there is no age limit, but I would suggest that those 10-100 years of age would be who might like to think about it), please do get in touch and we can chat about what we might need to do to prepare you.
You may be interested to know that I was confirmed when I was 38, and it still remains, despite having been ordained, a really significant day in my life. The outward signs – the service, and the tea and cake after were very special, but the real difference was something deep inside, inwardly I found a degree of peace and joy in my relationship with God that was a surprise and a wonderful comfort. Please do have a chat if you are interested.
Finally, I of course want to remind you about our healing and wholeness services on Thursdays at St. Mary’s Usk, 11am, and our Compline service on Sundays, via Zoom, 8pm. The link is below.
Have a lovely weekend and keep in touch,
With love, Sally xx
Compline Sunday 8pm
Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774