& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
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9th August 2020
This is the third week of Phil’s leave when he should have been enjoying himself at the Olympics. According to the pulpit diary today’s ‘guest’ preacher would have been at St David’s!
So, we say welcome to Rev Ray Vincent who has recorded his reflection ‘Lessons from Joseph – an Easy One and a Harder One’ which can be viewed through our website.
If these were ‘normal’ times we would have had a retiring collection today for the people of Beirut, instead we ask you to respond to Catherine’s request in Sharing News
This is the link for on line donations: https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/beirut-emergency-appeal
If you would prefer to post a cheque, forms are available from Marcia and Jan. Please state Beirut Emergency.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We pray for the people of Lebanon following the catastrophic explosion.
- We are very sorry to let you know that Lorna Jones, our Guild friend, passed away after having a heart operation. Our condolences to all her family.
- We keep Chris Fennell in our prayers, as being home, whilst welcome, has brought new challenges for her.
- Phil, who should have been enjoying a second week at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Instead he is enjoying a staycation and will be back in the office next weekend!
Birthdays this week ….
Among those celebrating birthdays this week are: ….Jan Bayliss – Monday10th, Jane Jones – Wednesday 12th. Rhiannon Howells, Rosie O’Callaghan -Williams (she’ll be 18!) and our Birthday card queen, Colleen all on Friday 14th. However you celebrate, we hope you have a good day!
Sharing News and A Request
We are delighted to hear that Alan has had a good report after his scan and will now go on to have reconstructive surgery!
Thank you so much to everyone who has phoned, e-mailed or messaged. My family in Beirut are safe and sound and have fortunately only suffered damage to property. We are devastated and heartbroken by a tragedy that could have been prevented. It is difficult to imagine how Lebanon can recover from this, but recover she must, so I hope you won’t mind my posting a small request for donations to go to the Red Cross. Thank you. Shukran. Catherine.
Something to think about!
Until you do 30min+ of CPR in a plastic gown, N95, surgical mask, two pairs of gloves and a face shield
you should probably stop complaining about wearing some fabric on your face to the grocery store.
Sue Walkling’s challenge to us last week was to share a holiday or a day out memory either on social media or by phoning a friend. Pictures were received of Poland, Tenerife, Colchester, Corfu, Pembrokeshire, Portmeirion, Morocco, Penang and Australia and New Zealand.
Memories of holidays in Wales were shared: Pembrokeshire paths with new discoveries around every corner, caravan holidays in Angle, journeys along the Brecon Canal and the slow pace of life, and a visit to Portmeirion.
Foreign holiday memories included an International Student camp near Ukraine, with the chance to have a go at Esperanto and to experience the fact that so much more unites us than divides us. A day trip to Africa and a camel ride. Eating delicious food in Penang and Bungee jumping in Queensland, New Zealand and losing shoes!
This week Jan Harris spoke about friendship and how it has kept her going and has been a beacon of hope during this prolonged lockdown. How many have embraced social media in an attempt to keep in touch with family and friends, because with the physical / social distancing and lockdown we cannot meet face to face.
Friendship is a gift from God.…. In the beginning, God created Adam and then Eve as his friend and companion.
Keeping in contact with friends has been essential during lockdown to keep our perspective and keep us sane in these lonely, sometimes depressing and bleak times and has given us hope. The art of letter writing has not been lost. Letters and parcels from Lee Suan, a life-long friend have been a beacon of hope.
When I was in school, it was suggested we chose a pen-pal from another country, I chose Barb from America our letters have blossomed into a life-long friendship, we eventually met up after just over 30 years of letter writing.
This brings us back to friendship – a precious gift from God. And to our first challenge this week: Did you have a pen-pal that you corresponded with and / or exchange students staying with you that you or your children have kept in touch with? My second challenge is this: My favourite hymn happens to be one on friendship. It is “What a friend we have in Jesus”. So, what is your favourite hymn and if you wish, tell us why? As usual you send your contribution via social media, or admin email address, or phone Jan or Marcia, we would love to hear from those without internet.
Do you know your bible? ANSWERS
1. What is the only book of the Bible that does not contain the word ‘God’? Esther
2. The phrase ‘God never gives you more than you can handle’ is where in Scripture? Nowhere
3. What is the shortest book of the Bible? 2 John verse count 13
1. There were two men who never died in the Bible. Elijah was one who was the other?
Moses Isaiah Enoch
2. The oldest man on record, Methuselah lived to be how old? 900yrs 969yrs 826 yrs
3. Samson used a donkey’s jaw bone to kill how many men? 1000 100 500
Something to make you laugh!
A minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great emphasis he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.” With even greater emphasis he said, “and if I had all the wine in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river. “Then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said, “and if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.” Sermon complete, he sat down.
The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, nearly laughing,
“For our closing song, let us sing Hymn 365, ‘Shall We Gather at the River.'”
Thought for the Week
What the world expects of Christians is that they…should get away from words and abstractions and confront in their deeds the bloodstained face of history. – Camus.