LiFT 4th August
Good Afternoon my friends,
I must confess to being completely distracted as my cat rolls around on the table by me, so brazen, as I tell him that cats aren’t allowed on the table. I need to get tough I think!
How has your week been so far?
It’s been good to be back out and to be in our communities and seeing people again, although it has been quite tiring! If you are waiting for a reply to something please can you resend your email or leave another message. I’m worried that things have slipped off my radar – it’s not my intention to ignore you, I promise!
What news do I have? Well now, sometime during the next couple of weeks I am really excited to tell you that Rebecca Woolridge will be joining us from St. Padarn’s, as a student. Rebecca is in her second year of three, training full time to be ordained. Her official title is that she is an Ordinand, and Rebecca will be with us for the next year, doing her academic training Wednesday to Friday, and then spending two of the remaining days on placement with us (Sunday of course, and one other day to be decided). It is a privilege to be part of someone’s training experience, and Rebecca comes with a wealth of amazing experience that I’ll let you find out about when you meet her. Please keep Rebecca in your prayers, and of course all those training for ordination, including Bill who has now completed Summer School and will be full time in St. Padarn’s from September, before God willing, his ordination next June/July. Bill is continuing his training in Newport and I know you all miss him.
As I know I say often, there is a lot to pray about, and this week is no exception. Please keep all those who are struggling, in your prayers, and also let’s give thanks for those who make our lives easier, lighter, and brighter. I especially give thanks for all of you and how you care about each other, and look after each other. Let us keep offering to those who have yet to find their way with their faith, a shining example of what Christian love looks like. I did a Just Five Minutes this week on the passage in Ecclesiastes that I’ve included below. It resonated with so many of you, and i hope will offer something of value to those who haven’t seen the little video.
With my love and prayers to you all. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you need anything or fancy a catch up. There’s always room for another cuppa!!
Ecclesiastes 3 A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.