& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
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17th May 2020
Phil had a request for an injection of hope into this week’s newsletter. No pressure there! This is his response!
Well, I wonder what hope means to you. For some of us it will be a constant friend who always enables us to see the good, the God, in every day or even moment. For others of us it might feel like an elusive stranger with whom we reacquaint ourselves when all else is lost. For many of us, hope might take the form of a Bible story or passage…Romans 8:38-39, for example, or Jeremiah 29:11, any number of the psalms, or John 14:1-4 – words which I am speaking often at the moment. Or perhaps you feel the tingle of hope when you see the wronged be merciful, the hurt receive healing, the isolated find community. I don’t know about you, but I see a lot of hope in the generosity of friends and kindness of strangers at the moment.
This week, as were reminded of Christian Aid’s campaigning for justice, equality and faithful stewardship – for signs of God’s kingdom in our midst – Sue Walkling asked us to reflect on who has inspired us by their actions of hope – their actions to create a fairer, more just world. A few of you have since suggested Archbishop Desmond Tutu and quite understandably so for he never gave up on hope. Rather, he strove to be a shining sign of the kingdom through his faith and forgiveness, compassion and campaigning. I think my favourite quote from him has to be in his response to a child who asked him how did he get the Nobel peace prize. Tutu replied – “It’s very easy, you just need three things – you must have an easy name, like Tutu for example, you must have a large nose and you must have sexy legs.” There’s hope for me, then! Speaking of which, I thought I’d end with some of his other, perhaps more apposite, words – “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” May you have bright week. God bless.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Those concerned about family and friend living or working across the border!
- Madeline is dealing with another family bereavement (her cousin, David Lloyd) as is Matt Eade from Castle Square. Our thoughts are with them both.
- Chris Fennell has contacted us to say that she has managed to put her foot to the ground and weight bear! We rejoice with her and give thanks for all who are caring for her.
- We pray for those who are shielding and self-isolating, especially Claire & Rob, Alan and Stephanie and John & Valerie as they manage with their various situations.
- We think of St David’s Elders as they have their second Elders meeting over zoom on Monday.
- We give thanks for Phil as he continues to keep in touch with all that is happening whilst coping with an increased work load.
…Doreen and Sheila to the couriers who faithfully deliver the news and sermon every week. It is much appreciated!
Diolch yn fawr! A huge thanks to all for the cards and cakes, phone calls, messages and presents I received on Monday (and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…!). I was thoroughly spoilt and it made the whole experience of celebrating a lockdown Birthday whilst entering my fortieth year a surprisingly enjoyable one. Cheers all! Phil.
Birthdays this week!
Hywel Jones celebrates a ‘special’ birthday today! Others with birthdays this week are Madeleine Howells – Tuesday19th, Millie Owen – Wednesday 20th and Pete Davies – Friday 22nd. We hope you are all able to celebrate!
Our Christian Aid Week Project Update!
We created the Christian Aid Coping with Covid Cookbook! We have dispatched it to all who placed an order even though more requested a paper copy than we anticipated! We used over 2 reams of paper! We were able to use our couriers to deliver some of the copies. Thanks to your generosity we have smashed our £200 target – to date we have raised £1562.00 for Christian Aid. This includes what would have been ‘envelope’ donations.
This week’s challenge came from Sue Walkling who shared with us Christian Aids Big Justice Story which they use in Kid’s Club. They have a round mat with images of bible stories and many individuals who taken risks to stand up for others. So the challenge this week….Who do you think has made a difference to make this world a fairer more just place? We can display their name on a mat or banner at next year’s Christian Aid service.
Something to make you smile…..
God bless Mummy, God bless Daddy, God bless brother Tom, God bless granny….and God look after yourself cos if anything happens to you, we’ve had it!
A small boy in floods of tears, when questioned by his Mum about his distressed state, he sobbed ‘Jesus wants me for a sunbeam and I want to be a train driver!’
A Useful Phone Number for a culinary treat!
01443 404443 – Trattoria Pontypridd are now doing Take Away serving Pizza, Pasta and Desserts. Available Tuesdays-Saturdays 13.00-21.00. Collection or delivery available -£2.50 within 2 miles and £4 up to a 4mile radius. Advisable to ring early in the day!
A poem about the cuckoo, who returns around mid-April.
The poet W.H. Davies lived for many years as a homeless person.
The Woods and Banks
The woods and banks of England now,
Late coppered with dead leaves and old,
Have made the early violets grow,
And bulge with knots of primrose gold.
Hear how the blackbird flutes away,
Whose music scorns to sleep at night:
Hear how the cuckoo shouts all day
For echoes- to the world’s delight:
Hullo, you imp of wonder, you
Where are you now, cuckoo? Cuckoo?
A Thought for the Week
“Whatever you do, don’t give up. Because all you can do once you’ve given up is bitch. I’ve known some great bitchers in my time.
With some it’s a passion, with others an art.” Molly Ivins