Saint David’s Uniting Church
& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
27th September 2020
We welcome all who join us for our Harvest Services today, our last Sunday in the season of creation! If you have an atlas, map or globe to hand, they will feature in the Service. You can log in at 10.30am to join the pre-service chat! The service will start at 10.45am and will be recorded and uploaded later to YouTube so that you can watch and worship at any time.
To celebrate Harvest our churches will be decorated with cut outs of favourite foods with a message of thanks or a recipe on the back. Photographs will be taken and will be on display sometime in the future.
This evening at 6pm we will have a Short Communion service on zoom.
On phone: 0203 481 5237 Meeting ID: 890 9407 5358 Passcode: 863802
The liturgy has been sent out and is also available on our website. Those who are not online and do not want to phone in can join us from their homes at the same time.
A reminder there that the sharing of the harvest is not just and many go hungry. To help address this sin, we are encouraging church members to make harvest donations, either to their local Foodbank (pontypridd.foodbank.org.uk/) or to the Christian Aid Autumn Appeal (christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/global-neighbours-autumn-appeal).
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Cerys had her operation at the Heath on Wednesday and is recovering, she was understandably feeling exhausted on Thursday. She is likely to be in hospital until the end of this week. We hold Cerys and Stephen in our prayers.
- Sue Salmon had a fall in Ton-Teg during the week and is currently in Ward 8 at Royal Glam. She has broken her hip but no sign of an operation as yet.
- Chris Fennell has been told she will be moved back to Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda at some point.
- We think of John and Valerie as they struggle with their particular conditions and situations.
- We remember others who are in hospital or nursing homes and are unable to have visitors.
- Chris Morris has Shingles, so his operation has been postponed!
- Isobel is off to University in York this weekend! We pray for her as she adapts to student life with the current restrictions, and for the family as they will undoubtedly miss her!
Birthdays this week …..Monday 28 September – Lesley Mower-Hill, Friday 2 October – David Jones, Saturday 3 October – John Henson. We hope these people are able to celebrate in some way
Monday 28th September, 7:30 – 9pm ‘Double Vision’ Discussion Evening.
This is the first of our monthly online discussion evenings in which two speakers – at least one from outside our religious tradition – will offer their different perspectives on pressing issues of the day. There will be an opportunity for discussion and a time for Q&As. The first evening is entitled ‘Why there is hope’ and will see a Welsh politician and Anglican theologian start off the discussion. Spread the word and join us live – or later on YouTube.
Phoning in: 0203 901 7895 Meeting ID: 841 5855 2781 Passcode: 5660646875 or for the app Discussion
For many years, the congregation of Castle Square has been supporting the Malarchi Trust, a charity that gives financial, educational and medical support to vulnerable children, most of whom are orphans, in Tanil Nadu, South India. Recently, a large endowment has meant that our financial support is no longer required and this is some of what was said in a recent letter to church members:
I sincerely hope that your prayers will be answered and that you will be all able to meet again in church soon. The situation in India continues to be very difficult and dangerous but currently our children and their mothers are well, or as well as can be expected and certainly far better off than many, who are in a state of hunger. Muthumani, with the help of a few young men, continues to regularly deliver provisions and other necessities without which they would be in a very bad state. We are blessed to have such a dedicated, selfless member of staff. With very best wishes to you all and in the hope that we will be able to meet again in the not too distant future.
September 21st was the Autumn equinox a day when we think of summer as ending and autumn beginning. What does autumn mean to you? Perhaps you are someone who looks forward to autumn, the conkers and fireworks, being able to see your breath in the mornings and the crisp evenings – or perhaps you don’t look forward to it, the lack of light with the dark mornings and evenings. We hope and pray that we will all have a good autumn, that we will seek the good even in the dark days ahead. We can look at the beauty as the leaves begin to change colour and fall. Take a walk through Ponty park and you will find leaves of green, turning to gold and red,
The falling leaves got Phil thinking about this week’s challenge, today we will be looking at two stories of land being passed down from generation to generation, one from the Bible and one from the present. Which seems to becoming true for the UK. But putting that aside, stop for a few minutes and think about all the people you have shared a house/ property with – some will have blessed our lives, some will have brought challenges we are invited to stop, think about them and pray for them and give thanks for them!
Your suggestions please!
In her book ‘Accidental Saints’ Nadia Bolz-Webber poses a question. ‘What is the difference between Peter and Judas?’ ~ What are YOUR suggestions
~ We’ll print Nadia’s suggestions next week.
‘It’s good to talk’!!!
As we enter Autumn and new restrictions, we continue to be thankful to the couriers, elders, pastoral buddies, admin/comms team and everyone who is helping us to stay in contact. Members have been reminded that they do not have to wait for a call from their elder/buddy to speak to someone. If you’re having a down day – as we all do – and a chat with a friend would help, please do pick up the phone and give someone a call. As Bob Hoskins said on those old BT adverts, ‘It’s good to talk’!!!
Next weekend, Phil will be joining an online conference entitled ‘Evolving Faith’ in which speakers such as Nadia Bolz-Weber and Barbara Brown Taylor will be sharing their views on the Church in a time of pandemic as well as leading worship and workshops. Tickets cost $99 (approx.£78) and includes access to all the conference content up until April 1st 2021. For more details, go to evolvingfaith.com/conference.
As Phil will be ‘away’ our Reflection will be presented by our own Ray Vincent.
Thought for the Week
When so rich a harvest is before us, why do we not gather it? all is in our hands if we will but use it. Elizabeth Ann Seton