Minister: Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
3rd December 2017
We welcome all who join us for worship today, especially if you are a visitor or worshipping with us for the first time.
Today as we Walk the way …..with the persecuted we have ‘A thought from Phil’ – On Wednesday evening, our wise and wonderful elder Ray gave a lecture entitled ‘Were the prophets Jews, Christians or Muslims’ at the launch of his latest book ‘Sing Out for Justice: The Poetry and Passion of the Hebrew Prophets’. It was an inspiring evening which reflected upon how we can be prophets by speaking up for justice and working for peace today. Today is the first day of the new liturgical year so it’s the perfect time to declare our intention to be a prophetic church as this morning we work with Amnesty International to fight for justice, challenge oppression and give hope to the despairing.
This evening at 6pm we will Walk the Way….with contemplation. The service will include communion.
There is a good selection of Home-made Christmas cards on display in the hall. Get yours today! Orders for ’special’ cards will be accepted.
The copper pot is on the table waiting for your ‘small change’, which will be used to benefit local charities.
Hymns: 329 Make way
We can make a difference
252 Inspired by love and anger
378 O Lord all the world belongs to you
Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-9 Luke 4: 14-21
Hymns: 358 O Come, O come Emmanuel
53 Be still, for the presence of the Lord
You Come again Emmanuel
Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9
Diary for the Week
Monday 4th Language Classes 9.30 -13.00
Karate Club from 16.30 -19.30
Stamp Club from 19.00
Tuesday 5th Kids Club 18.00 at Church House
Wednesday 6th Ladies Guild 14.00 -15.30 (see This Week…)
Rainbows at 16.45 & Guides from 18.30
Thursday 7th 50+ Forum Training 13.30 -15.30 (SMH course)
Sing for Life Choir 18.30 – 20.00
Saturday 9th Coffee Bar 10am – 12.00
Cantorion practice 10.30 -11.30
Glam Youth Choir 10.00 -12.30
Christmas party 16.00 – 20.00(see Notices)
Sunday 10th Family Advent Worship at 10.45 led by our minister
For our Evening worship we will join in the Town Centre Churches Carol Service at Temple Baptist.
World Aids Day. Ribbons are still are available. Get yours and show your support
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers today and during this week:
- Caroline as she moves to Bay View Lodge in Rhoose on Monday.
- Cerys in her concern for her Mum who has broken her hip.
- Brenda who has been unwell and has been moved to quieter room.
- Ann and David Jones who have been suffering with chest infections
- Those who are sharing their ministry with friends elsewhere:
Phil at Castle Square this morning and with us this evening
Ray at Pontyclun Presbyterian Church this morning
Iestyn with us this morning.
We rejoice with Tina and Simon on the safe arrival of their first grandchild;
Elsie Rose was born in the early hours of last Friday 24th November, 8lbs 8ozs. Our congratulations to Harriet and Stefan.
This Week and in the future:
Ladies Guild this week, (Wednesday 6th) will be an Advent Housewives Choice, when we will share items with a Christmas theme and sing Christmas songs and carols. Mince pies will be served.
Message from Beverley – we are looking forward with excitement to the Christmas Party on Saturday 9th for our Syrian and Sudanese friends and for members of junior church. There will be a film, food and fun for all – a surprise visit from Santa – and all are welcome.
Thank you so much to those who have already given generously to the fund for gifts and food. I’m sorry that I can’t be with you this morning but since this is the last opportunity to contribute to the costs please would you give your donation to Viviane or Lynda who will pass them on – every little helps! Many thanks in advance.
Also at the back of the church you will find a list of finger foods that we are hoping to provide for the Christmas party tea. We envisage that there will be between 70 and 90 party goers. Please sign up if you are able to bring or provide any items on the list.
I hope you’ll be able to come to the party and begin our Advent celebrations with jolly japes and jingling jubilation!
Phil will be leading a carol service at the Pontypridd Care Home, Maesycoed Wednesday 13 December at 3:30pm. Anyone who is free and would like to spread some Christmas cheer (especially those who are good singers!) would be warmly welcomed.”
For those who are interested in going to to the Civic Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Cardiff Reform Synagogue on Sunday 17th December 2017 The sign-up sheet is on the table – we are asked to arrive by 6.15pm
Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
Stamps for Amnesty: As the Christmas cards start to arrive remember to cut the stamps off and put them in the box on the table.
BBC IPlayer: Our language classes with our Syrian friends continues in these wintry days and our work was covered this week by the BBC. If you’d like to hear what was said, you can catch up on iplayer at –https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09gsfz1/bbc-wales-today-evening-news-29112017 from 16.43 onwards and on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09g657d from 1:05:20 onwards.
Advent Flyers which give details of ALL events as we Walk the Way from the first Sunday of Advent (December 3rd) to New Years Eve are available today. Take one home with you and note the dates in your diaries.
Gift Sunday Envelopes for donations to our Christmas appeals are on the back table, to gift aid your donation please put your name on the envelope. Leaflets with full information on what you can give to the charities are on the table.
Dec 10th am Rev Dr Phil Wall pm Town Churches Carols
Dec 17th am Rev Dr Phil Wall pm at Cardiff Reform Synagogue
Saturday Coffee Bar
Dec 9th and 16th Volunteers urgently needed!!
Flowers for December are being donated by
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Marilyn Edwards,
Brian & Marcia Hurley and Gwyneth James
Thought for the Week
It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.
Pope Benedict XVI
“St. David’s Uniting Church acknowledges the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund
in the ongoing repair to the stonework and roof of the building.”