Our last Celtic Prayer and Praise Service at St. Benedict’s Church in Gyffin, was on Sunday 15th March. The theme for February was ‘Journeying in Joy’, and in January, we focussed on ‘Seeking God’s path’.
Journeying in Joy 16th February
On the second Sunday before Lent, we focussed on ‘Journeying in Joy’. It was Creation Sunday, and the storm wind blew outside, as we sat in the safety of the Church. The storm is a metaphor for how your life can be sometimes, and the fearless come through that storm, because of God. Joy can be described as ‘love rejoicing’, and is rooted in love and loving relationship. Jesus is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith … I will follow where you lead.
Seeking God’s path 19th January
The theme was ‘Seeking God’s path’ on the second Sunday of Epiphany.
Celtic Christmas 15th December
People paused for reflection at the start of the Service on the third Sunday of Advent.
Chapel 20th October 2019
Lat year, our last Celtic Prayer and Praise Service at Llangelynnin Old Church was in the afternoon of Sunday 20th October. It was a Communion Service, that explored Chapel. We are all at different stages on our journey of Faith, and lots of people came to worship together in this sacred and special place.
In the afternoon of 18th August, we explored Christian community life together, through the Seven Sacred Spaces Saith Gofod Sanctaidd, the values of which come from monastic communities. The focus was on Library, a place of knowledge and learning.
Has studying with others helped us to grow?
In the afternoon of 21st July, we explored another of the Seven Sacred Spaces. This time, the focus was on Cloister, that place of encounter, where the Church community is connected to the World. It is the meeting space where you meet a friend or a stranger, a place where you encounter others. It can be at a Church function, or in the community shop. The rule of St. Benedict is ‘never give a hollow greeting of peace, or turn away when someone needs your love‘.
How do your beliefs affect your chance encounters?
In the afternoon of 16th June on Trinity Sunday, we explored another of the Seven Sacred Spaces, namely Chapter, that place of meeting and decision-making, where we carry our Faith with us in all aspects of life. It is a space for debate, and an exchange of views. There is shared responsibility, where decisions are made, and the allocation of resources are determined. Rules and policies are made, and time is spent reflecting on the needs of others, where the values of members are discussed, and community life.
How do we seek to be transformed to encounter God in our meetings?
Early in the morning on 21st April, we gathered for Communion at Llangelynnin Old Church to celebrate the risen Christ. Alleluia!
Dawn Communion Easter Sunday Service
In the evening of 17th February, St. Benedict’s Church provided an evening of gentle, candle-lit reflection, with acoustic music inspired by the Psalms. Poetic and prophetic, they provided a beautiful insight into God’s love, and a source that we can come back to, time and time again.
In the evening of Sunday 20th January, the New Year Blwyddyn Newydd Service was held in the beautiful St. Benedict’s Church, where we were welcomed with a cup of cocoa!
New Year Celtic Prayer and Praise Sunday Service