& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
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31st January 2021
Today’s service has been recorded in the St David’s Uniting Church building as we offer the first, in what is hoped will be a continuing series of services offered across the URC Synod of Wales. buildings
Huge thanks to Simon, Maralyn, Lynda, Michael, Pam, Nathan, John Henson, and, especially film guru Robert, for their participation in this.
Those who join the Zoom Service or watch on YouTube will be able to see that all is well. For those without the technology we encourage you to close your eyes and imagine that you are sat in the sanctuary surrounded by friends before you read this week’s Reflection and Prayers.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We hold Chris in our prayers as she has been re-admitted to hospital for tests, she is quite poorly.
- Brenda Jones’s Funeral will be held at Glyntaf on Tuesday 16th February at 12 noon. As there are no Family who are able to be present, people who remember Brenda and would like to attend, please let Marcia know.
- We ask your prayers for Robert’s great Niece whose treatment is being reviewed again.
- We continue to think of those who have been bereaved in recent weeks as they move forward.
- We give thanks for Phil and all who are involved in arranging funerals and pray that they are sustained.
- We remember those of our fellowship who are unable to remember us, and we pray for their well-being,
- Many people are finding these dark days challenging and are extremely grateful for the calls they receive from their Elders and Buddies. We give thanks for ALL who are keeping in touch by phone.
Sharing Good News
Last week the item …Making plans for the weekend?… provided a bit of amusement even if the only thing you could do was Stay at home! We thank Jan Harris for sharing it with us!
A maximum of two people from different households are now able to exercise outdoors together, starting and finishing from home. Great News!
It’s great that so many are getting the vaccine and the days are drawing out considerably! Also, there are signs of Spring as Crocus and Snowdrops appearing.
Birthdays this week …..
There are three birthdays that we know of this week: Gordon Thompson on Monday1st, Sue Salmon on Thursday 4th and Cyril Davies, who will be 93 on Friday 5th. We wish each of them a Happy Birthday!
I’ve had a most wonderful birthday, the best ever! It was brilliant. I want to thank everyone who phoned, sent cards with lovely messages and knocked on my door. I even had ‘the’ call for my vaccination! the best birthday present ever. ~ I will remember the day for a long time, everyone has been so kind.
Dates for your Diary ~
February 7th, 6pm and every first Sunday of the month for the foreseeable future, we will have an evening Communion service on zoom in which all are welcome to join – either by phone or online via the usual Sunday worship links. Next Sunday, in advance of Fair-Trade fortnight (more details here – https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get-involved/current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight/) will be an ecumenical Fair-Trade Communion. You are invited to bring along Fair-Trade food and drink as we celebrate Christ’s feast together.
URC Youth Dis-Assembled Worship
In these unusual times, URC youth are meeting virtually this week, and they wanted to extend a welcome to the wider URC by offering a chance to join them in Worship tomorrow evening at 8pm live via YouTube or Facebook.https://youtu.be/1Z7aNw57kAE It is at this Youth Assembly that we would have had a new Youth Moderator inducted – the Synod of Wales’ own Jo Harris – with Phil Wall as Chaplain to Youth Assembly – but this was not possible so both Reuben (as Moderator) and Jo (as Moderator-Elect) have decided to carry on in their current roles for a year, whilst Phil will step up as Chaplain from February. Expect more info and invitations from Jo and Phil in the coming months.
Got some time on your hands?
Well, the URC are inviting churches to send in any photographs they have depicting ‘church life in the URC’ [including uniting churches] to email@example.com. More info on guidelines, use and permission can be found at https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3693-submit-photos-that-represent-life-of-urc-2?dm_i=2JB1,1PBS5,2VWNJK,5T8WK,1
The Song Thrush and the Mountain Ash ♪
Simon Armitage (Poet Laureate)
Lyrics commissioned by Huddersfield Choral Society in response to Covid-19, inspired by members of the Choir and set to music by Daniel Kildane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0Zz50O5cE
Through the hospital window she said to me
she’d forgotten the name of her special tree,
and forgotten the name of her favourite bird.
Through the hospital window I mouthed the words:
The song thrush and the mountain ash.
Through the hospital window she asked again
why I stood outside in the wind and rain,
and said she didn’t understand
why I didn’t want to touch her hand.
The song thrush and the mountain ash.
She said she liked the flowers I sent
but wondered why they had no scent,
and why the food had lost its taste,
and why the nurse had covered her face?
And why the gates of the park were shut?
And why the shops were boarded up?
And why the swings were tied in knots?
And the music…why had the music stopped?
Through the hospital window I called her name
and waited a while but she never came,
then I saw reflected in the glass
the song thrush and the mountain ash.
The song thrush and the mountain ash.♪
Thanks to Marilyn Leach for sharing this.
Phil recorded the midweek reflection while walking in the snow towards Llanwonno. The view was stunning!
It was a week since Joe Biden’s inauguration, when we were asked to share what America had ever done for us. Some people also shared with Phil the things they loved or were unsure of about America.
Phil shared the things he loved and wasn’t so sure about! ~ I love America because there’s a rich diversity of humanity some that shines and is spectacular and some that’s not so good. One of the things I struggle with is the system of Capital Punishment they have. You will be aware that two weeks ago Lisa Montgomery was the first woman to be executed for murder by the state for about 70 years. Trump had a bit of a run in his time to get a number of people executed on death row.
Something I can’t get my head around is how a country can say that murder is a social crime and they show that by murdering the murderer – therefore violence is the answer to violence, it doesn’t quite sit with my faith or worldview but lest we throw stones there are things that we do in the UK that don’t quite fit either. Last week a treaty banning all nuclear weapons came into force, it’s backed by the UN it’s signed by many countries which will make it legally binding for them, but the UK didn’t sign it. SO, it doesn’t affect us at all.
So, the question this week is, ‘If you could ban something from the world what would it be and why?’ The answer could be something serious. or it could be something a bit more frivolous, like banning all use of mobile phones in the cinema! so, that’s your question for this week. ~ Send your responses via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Thought for the week
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle
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