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Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector Writes,

A Season of Invitation (Back to Church Sunday, Harvest, Remembrance, Advent and Christmas) is underway.
Thank you to everyone who helped with Back To Church Sunday and the Big Breakfast. Your help is very much appreciated. Thank you to all who came along too, we hope you valued the service and fellowship and trust you enjoyed the food!

On Back To Church Sunday and in the recent summer months, it has been great to welcome some newer faces and returning faces too amongst our congregations. We really hope and pray that our Hope and Emmanuel churches can be places where many in our communities can find their spiritual home. You are very welcome. With a good handful of new folk now with us at various points on a Sunday – and others making contact with us in the week – I am asking God the question too – rather excitedly – What is it – You want to do?

Of those who came along to the Messy Church BBQ too, I think we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and thank you to the Messy Church team for making this event happen. We didn’t realise the Rectory back lawn could accommodate so many. Rachel and I are now thinking it should become an annual event!

We look forward now to the Autumn Messy Church season kicking off. When we’re not saying thank you for the Harvest or celebrating Christmas, this term we will be thinking about the OT Giant of the Faith, Abraham – Of how he and his wife Sarah trusted God through thick and thin and knew God at his side wherever he went and that the same can be true for us too as we invite the Holy Spirit alongside us in our own journeys of life.

In Hope, as part of our Back To Church Sunday service, you will recall that we formally dedicated our new hymn books. I appreciate that some of you who gave to this project wanted to be present for this – however you were very generously busy preparing Big Breakfasts! In this months’ Prayer Page therefore I have included the prayer which we used. I encourage you to pray this prayer in your own time. Please do make use of the Prayer Page. If you would like a separate copy to keep in your Bibles then please only ask.

Prayer – not least intercessory prayer – is vital to the growth of the kingdom of God here on earth. In our Monday Morning Prayer we always give a good 15 or 20 minutes to pray our own prayers as well as the ‘morning office’ too and Barry our Reader is currently exploring the possibility of hosting another such prayer time later in the week too. If you value praying in a group please come along.

Coming back to the Hymn Book Project – thank you again to everyone who has given to this project – but a big thank you in particular to Elizabeth Poynton, who initiated, coordinated and made the project happen.

Last month too, Alpha started again. This will be the second time now we’ve run the course in its entirety and we have a great range of people coming along. I’ve not asked ages (!) but I suspect we have participants coming along in every decade from their 20s through to their 60s. My own personal prayer for everyone who is coming along is that you will really reap something that will help you in your own spiritual journey of life. If you are interested in Alpha and asking the Big Questions of Life but have not joined up this year then please watch this space, I suspect we will try it again at some point in the New Year.

We now move into the Harvest season. I encourage you to take a look at the Harvest flyer printed inside the magazine – there is lots happening across Hope and Penyffordd from Sunday 2nd to Sunday 9th October – and we look forward to welcoming our guest preacher (watch this space) to Hope Church’s Harvest Songs of Praise followed by Hot Pot Supper at 7pm Thursday 6th October.

Finally to say, on Sunday 30th October, at 11am, it being a fifth Sunday of the month, we – Hope and Emmanuel – will be taking opportunity to worship together again with St John’s Penymynydd, All Saints Cymau and St Michael’s Llanfynydd. This time we host the service here in Hope. An advance reminder that – to give us opportunity to mix and meet together – this will be the only service across these five churches on this Sunday.

Thank you. In Christ, Adam.

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