Weekly Reflection 26th October: My Redeemer Lives

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Andy Broadbent writes:

I don’t know how you are feeling at the moment, but I’m feeling overwhelmed. In the re-imposition of Lockdown, gains made since the end of summer seem to have been swept away. With new restrictions come new challenges. Some are familiar, like digital worship and distancing, but others feel different. Lockdown in winter seems harsher and more isolating than it did in the warmth of summer. 

When one bad thing happens after another, I like to reflect on the book of Job in the Bible. Like us as a church and community, Job had lost his livelihood, his property and family. Unlike Job, we know all these things still stand, awaiting our return, but still, we are separated from our loved ones and locked out of our beloved places. Job however sits in the ashes of his life, scorned by all around him, and wracked with disease, but he still holds tight to his faith that God will save him. It is at this dark point in Job’s story that comes one of my favourite passages in the Old Testament:

But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,

    and he will stand upon the earth at last.

And after my body has decayed,

    yet in my body I will see God! (Job 19:25-26)

Job points to his redeemer, which we recognise as Jesus Christ (whose coming into the world is amazingly still about 600 years away when Job is speaking). He holds fast to the knowledge, which must have been revealed to him by God, that he has a friend in heaven. An advocate who will fight his corner, but not only that, who will come to earth physically and stand with humanity. Job goes on to describe a continuation of life after death which would have seemed alien to the Israelites at the time, and through all of this, he pins all of his hopes, joys and salvation on the promised reality of Christ the Redeemer. 

If Job in his terrible suffering can find such a haven of mercy and justice in God, enough to hold true to God even against toughest of tests, then there is also hope for us all today.

We have in Job a model of faith, and we have in Jesus a model of love, mercy and redemption. That can, and will, pull us through all our present troubles back into the light and warmth of spring – the promise of new life that lies beyond.

Ewch allan yn awr, wedi eich achub mewn cariad, wedi eich adnewyddu mewn ffydd, wedi eich adfer mewn nerth ac wedi eich adfywio mewn ysbryd. Dychwelwch fel disgybl i’ch taith, yn enw’r Crist atgyfodedig sy’n mynd o’ch blaen. Amen.

Go now, redeemed in love, renewed in faith, restored in strength and refreshed in spirit. Return to your journey of discipleship, in the name of the risen Christ who goes before you. Amen.

Prayer: Nick Fawcett (tr. Aled Davies) © Kevin Mayhew/Cyhoeddiadau’r Gair

Sunday 25th October 2020

Welcome to Worship

In these times of restricted living, at least we can still pray and worship!  Today’s video for Bible Sunday thanks God for speaking through Scripture, ‘hitting the spot’ just when we need it most. 

This service has contributions from Revs David and Eryl Parry, Peter and Helen Tattersall and Chris Roberts.

Click the arrow on the image below to watch.

There is a warm invitation to get together for a ‘virtual coffee’ on Zoom at 11.30am today

All you need to do is click on the link below [ or use Meeting ID: 853 4204 3246Passcode: 781419 ]
Click here to join Zoom Sunday

Congratulations to Marjorie Stott from St Mary’s Conwy
who celebrates her 99th Birthday on 28th October!

I completed my wet, windy (but strangely enjoyable) half marathon yesterday.  Thank you for your prayers and encouragement but especially to everyone who sponsored me. 
There is still time to make a one-off donation or start giving regularly.  It all helps to sustain our ministry online and in the Conwy Valley at a time of much reduced income. 
Please click on the button below for details. David Parry
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Our Roman past revealed!

One gift of the prolonged dry summer, has been the revelation of our past at St Mary’s Caerhun.

The photos below, taken with a drone by Mark Walters show the interior of  the Roman fort of Canovium  including the internal roads (wider brown lines) and buildings (thin rectangles and squares). The main defensive rampart surrounds all of these features. Outside the fort to the north the wide brown line of the Roman road heading north can be seen and alongside this are the mostly rectangular external settlement buildings.  Then down by the river all of the rooms of the bath house are on display.

The age of the site in which we worship never ceases to amaze us, and that we can enjoy it as a place of peace and refreshment by the river, in a way those who lived here before never could!

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Special ‘In concert’ at Caerhun

We’re delighted to be hosting a concert in the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Caerhun on Wednesday 18th July, by singer songwriter Cass Meurig and Elise Gwilym, playing from her new album ‘Taith’.  Cass’s music has wide appeal as she has performed nationally and internationally, using song to tell her personal journey of faith.  Entrance is free but any donations will go to the fundraising appeal bringing the National Eisteddfod to Llanwrst.

Do join us for this special bilingual concert, on what is set to be a lovely summer’s evening!

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Celebrate ‘Our Father’ at Llangelynnin

IMG_2751We are giving a special focus on Fathers’ Day to consider who is our heavenly Father, and warmly welcome Rev Susan Blagden, tutor at St Padarn’s Institute to help us do that!  Our ancient church, set high on the hills, gives us a special place to think, pray and praise.  We very much hope you can join us this Sunday, whether you arrive on foot or by car!

Service: 3pm Sunday 17th June at Llangelynnin Old Church

walk starts at 1.15pm

If you’d like to join a group of friends, old and new, to walk there and back – meet at the middle of 3 car parks on the Sychnant Pass.  Walking boots and waterproofs recommended.  Medium paced walk with stiles.  Stunning views and a lovely sense of pilgrimage.

After the service there will be tea and cake (and a loo stop!) courtesy of the warm and generous hospitality of the Addisons who live nearby.

We hope to see you there!

Christian Aid Week

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We are hosting three events for Christian Aid this year – click here to read here why supporting this longstanding charity’s work is so important.

There is a Christian Aid Coffee Morning at Phil and Sandy Hughes, 27 Pengarth on Wednesday 16 May, 10.30am-12noon.

also at Ian and Heather Thompson’s, 2 Tan Benarth, LL32 8NW on Thursday 17 May, 10am-1pm

Christian Aid Frugal Lunch is at the Church Hall, Rose Hill Street, Conwy on Sunday 20 May at 12.30pm. All welcome!