LiFT 2nd November
Good evening all,
How are you, this blustery and weatherbeaten Thursday? I’ve not heard of any problems with our buildings, our homes, or our communities. I hope that means that all is well and everyone is safe?
Safety is something that is on a scale isn’t it? We are relatively safe from most of the truly catastrophic things that we witness in the news. It is so so hard to see what is happening in the Middle East at the moment. Whatever the politics, the humanitarian crisis cannot be ignored and I am so glad that organisations like the Red Cross and UNHCR are not afraid to be close to the front line in these circumstances. Please look here if you would like to see the Church in Wales position and suggestions for prayer and action –
What do I need to tell you about the upcoming calendar?
Well, I am away with a small team from the Ministry Area from Monday until Wednesday next week – we are going to the Leading Your Church into Growth conference, which promises to be both encouraging and challenging. It is perfectly timed as my prayers lead me to think about mission and people in a more structured way, and it follows on from the vision work we have begun with the archdeacons. I will keep you posted. I will find it difficult to answer the phone over those days but will of course respond to emails, and will return calls as soon as I can.
A couple of dates for your diary –
11th November at 5pm there is a choral evensong in St. Cybi’s Church, Llangybi. The singing promises to be very special and you are all welcome to come along to this wonderful worship opportunity.
Also, another reminder that this Sunday will be a Ministry Area service in Raglan when we will be celebrating lay ministry and commissioning our lay worship leaders.
Finally, as we are now in a season of remembrance, please be assured of my prayers for all of you, and especially for those of you who are learning to live with the loss of a family member or friend. As I said in my sermon tonight – grief is a strange beast and perhaps we do well to greet it like an old friend, not least because we grieve precisely because we love and miss someone. If you need to talk or are finding this a strange time, don’t hesitate to be in touch. You’re not alone, and you are in my prayers.
–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.