Sunday 5th July
Slide Rev Eryl Parry
Eryl intro video
Bore da! Good morning! Croeso cynnes iawn; a very warm welcome to the Bro Celynnin Sunday Service. We’re so pleased that you’re here with us. We’re living in extraordinary times. Times that people will look back and say, “That was a very important part of history”. And in these times, we are thinking today “What is our calling?” “How are we to be, how are we to serve, to love God and find who we are in him in these extraordinary times?”
I’m aware this week that there have been sadnesses. Real griefs this week as well as times of great happiness and celebration. And so the calling now, right now, is to give this to God, and to praise him in our hearts.
So, first of all let us pray together – first in Welsh and then in English.
Opening prayers image
Diolchwn i ti am bob diddordeb,
(We thank you for all the interest
a phleserau fydd yn dod gyda’r dydd hwn.
and joys this day will bring.)
Am bopeth a roddaist,
(For all you have given,
molwn ac addolwn di.
we praise and worship you.)
Opening prayers image 2
We thank you for this day, set aside for you
so that we might praise you,
so that we might bring our very lives to you,
and consecrate every day to your service.
For all you have given us, Father God,
we praise and worship you.
Back to Eryl video
Praise my soul the king of heaven
Back to video
Bible Reading video
Slide: Romans 10: 9-15
If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.
For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?
As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
David’s talk video
Thank you so much for all the kind messages this week as I’ve celebrated twenty five years of being a priest. As Eryl predicted, I was embarrassed but I’m also immensely proud of the way God has worked through people around us over those twenty five years, and a bit like an Oscar acceptance speech, I wanted to crave your indulgence for three things I’ve learned over those twenty five years. They’re all in our passage today.
Firstly, God’s love is available to anybody. ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.’ When Jesus died in our place and rose again on Easter morning, all the old distinctions, the old rules were blasted away. And from now on, anyone who wants to come to God, can come to God.
Secondly, becoming a Christian is really not very complicated. When you come to believe, deep in your heart, and it changes your life so you give Jesus lordship, you confess with your lips that ‘he is Lord’ then that’s all that God requires. From that point on you’re part of his family, guaranteed his forgiveness and eternal life.
But the third thing, perhaps for me the thing I’ve learned most is that there’s a huge potential when we do more than just become Christians, but become part of the work of God in the world. That all of us, however we see ourselves, has got something unique to offer in the work of the kingdom of God. And what we need to do is to be obedient to that ‘call’ however unlikely, however frightening it seems. I don’t think even the vainest person thinks they have beautiful feet! It’s not a part of our body we tend to boast about. Yet, in St Paul’s passage here it says ‘how BEAUTIFUL are the feet of those who bring good news.’ How can feet be beautiful? Well, when they work. When they allow us to travel, when they bring us from where we are to where we need to be. And they can’t be any more beautiful than when they’re the reason that we’re in the right place to share Jesus with someone else.
So my encouragement, my challenge to you is to hear what God is calling you to contribute to the work of his kingdom, how you can make a difference. Allow him to draw you into being a herald, a messenger, a servant who will help others to discover that Jesus loves them. And you will discover, as I have discovered, that is a beautiful thing. Amen.
Let us pray for the church and the world and let us give thanks for God’s goodness.
Heavenly Father we come to you in prayer this Sunday not in our usual churches or chapels, not sitting in our pews, not meeting together, but in our own homes and by the wonders of technology we join together to sing your praise, hear your Word and bring our intercessions to you. We remember our brothers and sisters in Christ with no access to this technology and pray that they will be able to join in worship in their own ways and feel your presence with them. In these challenging and changing times we praise you Heavenly Father for Your constant and unchanging love. We come now, conscious of a changing world but more conscious of your unchanging truth. Life is uncertain at the moment but Your truth is certain and sustains us through these difficult times. Thank you Lord. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for the church and give thanks for those who have heard Your call and responded to it. We thank you for the first disciples, for those who through the ages have proclaimed Your truth, and for those whose ministry has helped us individually, influencing our lives and leading us to faith. Today we give you thanks for the ministries of David and Eryl and the 25 years anniversary of David’s ordination to the priesthood and the anniversary of Eryl’s ordination as deacon. Thank you for all they mean to those their ministry has touched during this time. We look forward to Eryl being ordained as priest, an event that has, like many, been postponed. We pray for Bishop Andy and all those in leadership roles in the church making decisions about opening churches, sharing sacraments and the way forward through this pandemic. Help us all to remember that we all share in ministry. You have placed in our hands the gift that you want us to share with everyone, the Good news of Jesus Christ. Make us faithful in offering to others what you have given us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for our world O Loving God of compassion, as crisis is shaking our world we turn to you with our worries; for our loved ones, for our societies, for jobs and economies, for the most vulnerable amongst us. Give wisdom to those in authority, and understanding and patience to those asked to comply with restrictions. Trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray for the sick and those caring for them, for the researchers who are working hard to find medicine and vaccines, for those who must make difficult decisions that affect many, for international cooperation in the service of justice and peace. Lord in Your Mercy, hear our prayer.
In a moments silence we bring before you all those known to us who are suffering in mind body or spirit and need your healing touch. Finally, Heavenly Father we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close and dear to them. During these difficult times we ask you Father to give them the strong comfort which no one else can give, and let them know the comforting power of the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Merciful Father Accept these prayers for the sake of Your son our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Eryl outro video
And so let us join together as the extended family of God in the words of the Grace:
Grâs ein Harglwydd Iesu Grist, a chariad Duw
a chymdeithas yr Ysbryd Glân
fydda gyda ni oll, byth byddoedd. Amen.
And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all, evermore. Amen.
Thank you for being part of the Bro Celynnin family today as we’ve worshipped together. Here in the Parry household, it’s a very special family day! Our daughter Gwen has moved to Zambia and is making her life with her beloved Munsanje and their union is being blessed later on via zoom. Her extended family now is right across several countries in Africa, England, Wales, Scotland, America, Germany. And together we are going to be praying and worshipping, thanking God for his goodness and praying for them as they start their life together.
So as we too begin yet another week in God’s service, it is appropriate that we together sing Amen. Let it be! Let us praise God in every circumstance of life. We end, then, with the ‘Amen’ – the South African ‘Amen’!
Final Song: Amen
Amen (Themba) (South Africa) · John L. Bell
from ‘We Walk His Way: Shorter Songs for Worship’
Choir: Wild Goose Collective
Final slide: Church in Wales, caruconwy.com website and logo