& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
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14th June 2020
As we enter week 13 of Lockdown – with no sign of us being able to meet for worship or socially for the time being – how are people coping? Please let us know if you have any stories to tell! We are doing what we can to make sure that people are kept in touch. The questionnaire has shown that people are appreciative of the weekly news and sermons and especially the phone calls!
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Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We ask your prayers for John and Valerie who have had a tough couple of weeks.
- We think of those who are finding life difficult as they care for elderly relatives when medical help is not so easy to access.
- We continue to keep Claire and Rob in our prayers and also Chris as she makes progress with her walking.
- Please remember Cyril as he is finding it hard that his daughter cannot stay when she delivers his groceries.
- Those in education who are facing the huge challenge or returning to lessons at the end of the month.
- Apologies if people were mystified last week….it is John Edwards who was feeling a lot better after a fall!
- Elsie is happy to say that her sister, Sandra, who has had THE virus is recovering well.
- Colleen has been able to go for a short walk, ten weeks after her fall.
- We give thanks for those in government as they make decisions, which are not always welcome, to safeguard the people of Wales.
Stephanie says ‘Thank you to everyone who sent, or delivered cards and those who took the time to phone to wish me a Happy Birthday…I have never had so many calls! They were much appreciated. Thank you’ love Stephanie.
Birthdays this week…..
There are no birthdays that we have names for, but no doubt there are people who will be celebrating – so we wish them a Happy Birthday and hope they enjoy it!
Something to make you Smile
One question two answers!
Question. Why did God create man before woman?
Answer 1. He didn’t want any advice!
Answer 2. Because it’s always good to have a rough draft before you create your masterpiece!
Thank you to all those who completed the questionnaire. The elders of St. David’s Uniting Church will be looking at the results at Monday’s elders’ meeting. One of the things that has been highlighted already is a desire to be led in communal prayer by different members of the congregations each week. Therefore, please do let Phil or your elder know if you are willing to write prayers of intercession for our Sunday worship every so often. We know that there are many members of our churches gifted at writing prayers so don’t be shy…and in case you are, your elder may well prompt you by asking next time they’re in touch (or at this week’s church conference call for the Castle Square gang!).
Sharing Good News
At Castle Square, ‘Good News’ is shared at the beginning along with the notices. At St David’s there is a slot when people share news and receive a chocolate! One of the suggestions to come out of the questionnaire is that we share good news through the newsletter! If YOU have some good news to share please pass it on to Marcia by late Thursday evening. Sorry but no chocolates will be given in return!
This item for Good news was received during the week.
It was a delight to see a red kite hovering over Graigwen last week. It’s red wings and reddish-brown forked tail were unmistakable.
Also, people were out in force in Whiterock Avenue last weekend looking heavenwards to see if they could spot the capsule from the Space X ‘Falcon rocket that had just taken off from Florida. Quite a few spotted it exactly on time on its second orbit. It was a thrilling moment as we saw it racing across the sky. We did suffer some neck aches afterwards but absolutely worth it!
In this week’s Wednesday reflection Phil posed the question, ‘where does hate and violence and prejudice come from? No one was born with those views, so inevitably it’s something we pick up from our society, our community, from our families. Empathy is essential to our faith, it is the foundation of society, it is something that we can often lack, it is the key to why we all to easily judge one another.
One of the reasons for the rise in empathy is the invention of the book, novels works of fiction and eventually film enable us to have a window into the lives of completely different people, immersing ourselves in other people’s story.
Which is why books like Oliver Twist helped improve conditions in the workhouse and Uncle Tom’s Cabin in was cited as having a pivotal role in the rejection of slavery in America! Stories both true and mythical can change the world.
SO this week’s challenge…..Which films (plays/books) have helped you see the world through different eyes? Which stories have widened your horizons and deepened your empathy? Philadelphia perhaps? City of God? Bambi even?! Have a think and a share…
You are invited to join us On-line to a MidSummer Night Story Telling event featuring the Penrhys Pilgrimage Way. It’s being organised by Steve Killick who is a professional storyteller. It’s at 8 pm, (come on-line at least five minutes earlier) on Wednesday June 24th
Please share this with all your networks, friends and family. Already we have had people signing up from America!
All you need to do to get your Zoom number is to click on the Just Giving Link below. If you are able to donate to help us, that would be wonderful but don’t worry if you can’t, this event is free. But you do need to click on the Just Giving Link to find out how to get your Zoom ID.
Looking forward to having a great evening
Thought for the Week.
“Speak when you’re angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” Laurence Peter