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LiFT 3rd February

Good evening my friends,

Apologies for the lateness of this letter, please don’t tell me off for working late. I spent a couple of hours over teatime in my other role – as a parent – which wasn’t planned but certainly important, so now I’m playing catch up!!

How are you? The days are certainly getting longer aren’t they? Lighter evenings offer a glimpse of hope for spring and now that January, the month of a thousand days (or is it only me who feels like that?) is over we can see the signs that we long for- snowdrops and leaf buds to name just two. There is an old Japanese saying that “if you have to stand in the shade at least make sure you are facing the sun”. It is of course referring to feelings of being lost or low, but I think it’s a wonderful way of trying to describe how we might try to keep our eyes fixed on God no matter what, because he is our light and our hope.

What news do I have for you this week?

Perhaps a little reminder about our Confirmation service on Sunday 20th February at 3pm? This promises to be a very special service with Bishop Cherry, and I’d love to have as many people in church as possible to celebrate this occasion. 

Lent – it’s fast approaching! I don’t think we will ever manage to do better than the Lent in a Bag that was so successful last year but it would be good to do something. While I explore what might be possible it would be helpful to know from you whether you would prefer something in person that you might have to travel for (it would be during the day), or whether the slightly less sociable format of Zoom would be easier. I’ll go with the majority. And don’t forget to put Ash Wednesday in your diary – we will have a Eucharist with the imposition of ashes in St. Mary’s Usk at 7pm that evening.

Lastly, please can I ask you to continue to pray for all those I mentioned last week – I have received comments over this week from people saying that they knew I was including them in my request for prayers for those struggling, sick, or in any kind of need, and what a comfort it was to know that so many would be praying. None of those needs have gone away, and the prayers are working, of that we can be confident – “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)

Thank you for your loving care for each other, we have a very special community and I am in awe of you all.

With love,

Sally xxxx

Compline Sunday 6th February 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3798406972?pwd=QXdXV0k3OGUxT3JXQldvQlRsVHB5QT09

Meeting ID: 379 840 6972
Passcode: COMPLINE



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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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