LiFT 9th July
Good afternoon friends,
What a mixed week it has been – rain, heat, good news, hard news; it has felt like a real rollercoaster! Both boys are now home from university, so the washing machine has broken, which I’m trying not to take personally! But on the other side of life, I have had conversations with someone from every single community across the MA that has given me hope and encouragement that God is at work amongst us. How wonderful is that? It’s just a shame he decided not to be at work on my washing machine!! (joke).
I have another prayer request please. On Monday the year 6 children from our local primary school will be coming to church for the first time in over 18 months. They will be receiving bibles as a leaving gift before they move up to their senior schools and we will be celebrating the Eucharist with them. It’s going to be very special. It will also be my first time since I arrived that I am able to minister in person to the children, which is extremely exciting. Please will you hold everyone involved in your prayers, and particularly the children as they prepare to say goodbye and move to pastures new. I am sure there is a huge mixture of feelings and it would be very positive to be able to tell them that you are all praying. Thank you.
Our opportunities to sing as congregations was short lived weren’t it? Such a shame. The current levels of infection in Monmouthshire are more than double the amount allowed for singing, and it is cold comfort, but not a single church across the whole of Wales will be having hymn singing this weekend.
FInally, can I just flag up our Healing and Wholeness Service which is for anyone across the Ministry Area. It is held in St. Mary’s Usk on Thursdays at 11am, and is a wonderfully quiet, reflective Eucharist, with special prayers for healing. If you haven’t tried it and you like quiet services, or have a particular need for healing in any part of your life and health, I heartily recommend it to you.Also, don’t forget our Zoom compline, the link is below. Another beautiful, quiet service, perfect for ending the weekend, and certain to improve the quality of your sleep. It’s at 8pm every Sunday. (This Sunday it might prove a particularly welcome distraction for those who don’t like football!!)We continue to upload a Sunday service at 6pm each week, and two Just Five Minutes reflections can be found on YouTube too, on Mondays and Thursdays.
If you would like to know more about any of these or have any suggestions for improvements I am always willing to listen.
I hope all is well with you, and you know where I am if you would like to be in touch. Please know you are in my prayers.
Whoops! I knew I had forgotten something! Next Sunday, 18th July, the 10.30m service in Usk will include the official civic service for the new mayor. It is wonderful that the mayor has asked that this be part of our usual service and it promises to be a lovely occasion.
It will be a Eucharist and the council and local dignitaries will be scaled down, so that that part of the service will be simpler. This is just to make it easier to comply with the social distancing requirements etc.
There will still be plenty of space in the church (the mayor and others will total around 30) so do please come, but if you are intending to be there it would help us immensely with the planning if we could know beforehand. It will help us to make best use of the space and ensure that it all runs smoothly.
Thank you very much for this, with my love,
Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774