Pastors Note (Page 3)

Pastors Note (Page 3)

Pastors Note June 2016

I seem to have been doing a lot of driving recently and on one of those journeys met a delightful couple from Lisvane at a friend’s wedding. (Isn’t it fascinating that sometimes you travel 5 hours to meet someone who lives just around the corner?!) Anyway back to the story. After travelling for what seemed like forever (even I was asking … are we nearly there yet?) We came across this sign …  ‘Tiredness kills … take a break.’ Good…

Pastors Note May 2016

I don’t know about you but I love laughter, I really believe it is good for the soul. With that in mind I share with you something I came across that amused me. Enjoy! After every flight, pilots complete a gripe sheet, which conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair or correction. The form is a piece of paper that the pilot completes and then the mechanics read and correct the problem.…

Pastors Note April 2016

By the time you read this, Easter will have come and gone for another year. Easter is of course the most significant time in the Christian church and I would suggest it marks the most significant event in history. As I was preparing my heart for Easter I came across the following which encapsulates much of what Easter means to me. It is a story of remarkable courage, love and forgiveness but it is also a story that requires a…

Pastors Note March 2016

As our thoughts turn towards Easter I share with you a poem written by Wendy Price a friend of one of our church Members. It is a powerful piece of writing that helps us grapple with the mysteries of pain, anguish and suffering. “No matter what you’re suffering you know God understands” Words so often used by well meaning friends A cliché that echoed constantly in my heart, soul and mind A despondent heart full of doubt, anger and fear…

Pastors Note February 2016

I recently read an article reflecting on the words ‘resignation’ and ‘acceptance’ and how very different they are. Author Creath Davis points out that: ‘Resignation is surrender to fate. Acceptance is surrender to God. Resignation lies down quietly in an empty universe. Acceptance rises up to meet the God who fills that universe with purpose and destiny. Resignation says, ‘I can’t.’ Acceptance says, ‘God can.’ Resignation paralyses the life process. Acceptance releases the process for its greatest creativity. Resignation says,…

Pastors Note January 2016

As I sit to write this month’s article it is just three weeks to Christmas and as I prepare for this season I have been reminded that at the heart of the Christmas story is the promise of peace. How our world needs it! I read somewhere that in the last 3500 years the world has known only 286 years of peace! It’s been a rare year when there hasn’t been a war raging somewhere! Add to that the growing…

Pastors Note December 2015

Tis the season to be jolly, tra la la la la…” It’s here again! Where does time go? Have you got the ‘app’ to count down the sleeps?  ‘Tis the season to be stuck in extra crazy traffic, pushed around by frantic shoppers and bombarded by advertisements of all the latest must have’s. Don’t I sound ‘jolly’?!  The reality for many of us is that we will come together at Christmas with friends and family, even if just for one…

Pastors Note November 2015

No time for Fun and Face to Face Friendship for our children and teenagers? (THERE IS, read on…..) It’s inevitable that the 21st century frenetic pace of life is finding its way into childhood and youth.  Education starting at 3 and continuing to 21+ requires more detailed study, research and coursework. The provision of rounded extra curricular activities such as sports, martial arts, music and additional tutorials to ensure good grades are packing weekday evenings and weekends with pressure for youngsters.…

Pastors Note September 2015

Yesterday I read that more than 800 athletes have reportedly recorded blood-test results “highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal”. A couple of weeks back there were all sorts of accusations (false I hope) surrounding Chris Froome’s win at the Tour De France. As a cricket lover I have been dismayed that players (some I have respected for years!) have thrown games or bowled no balls for cash! Where has integrity gone? I like Ken Dunn’s definition…

Pastors Note July / August 2015

As many of you know my wife is a Cardiac Nurse at the Heath, a job she enjoys very much. Being married to a Cardiac Nurse is really helpful as she keeps a watchful eye on my diet … or tries to at least! In a recent conversation we talked about the problem of the ‘hardening of the arteries’ which as you know is a real issue for many. As we were talking my mind turned to an article I…