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All Church Services are suspended , until further notice, in accordance with the Church in Wales directive!
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From the Vicarage, Ystrad Mynach
17 July 2020
At present, the Church is open for private prayer only on Sundays and Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12 noon. Social distancing is required in Church and there is a “one way” system to enter and leave the Church (although arrangements can be made for anyone unable to negotiate the Vestry door steps), and the chancel, the Lady Chapel, the All Saints’ Room and the toilet are not available for use. Everybody is very welcome to spend some time in Church during these times, but we must urge that anyone in a vulnerable category should not try to join us.
27 June 2020
After three long months, and following the advice of the Welsh Assembly Government, the Bench of Bishops have said that we can reopen our Churches on a limited basis for private prayer. The Church Officers have made a Risk Assessment of the situation which has been presented to the Archdeacon and received her blessing. We intend, therefore, to open Holy Trinity Church on Sunday and Wednesday mornings between 10.30am and 12 noon beginning tomorrow, 28 June. We will monitor the use of the Church to see if these times need to be lengthened or shortened. In accordance with our risk assessment, there will be a number of restrictions:
- the Church will be cleaned by non-vulnerable adults before we open; during each session when one person leaves to allow someone else to enter; and after each session
- only 12 people will be allowed in Church (or more if in family groups)
- there will be a “one way” system by which you may enter by the main door and leave through the Vestry (arrangements will be made for any unhappy about negotiating the Vestry door steps)
- the toilet will NOT be available for use
- the Church will be available for PRIVATE PRAYER only.
- you will not be able to light candles.
It is the responsibility of the parish to minimize the risk to everyone as far as we are able. It should be emphasised that those who are vulnerable and have been advised to stay at home should do so and should not try to come to Church.
Many of you have said how good it was to see the Church on the broadcast on the Web Site and I know that our “sacred space” is important as a place where we have found the presence of God. In this way, it will be good to be able to find God here once again.
In time, the regulations will be eased further and some forms of worship will resume. We will watch carefully to see what is happening and keep your informed.
With my prayers for you all,
Service for the ninth Sunday after Trinity
The Ninth Sunday after Trinity 2020 (Proper 14)
In Her Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich likens Jesus to a mother and repeatedly refers to him as our “heavenly” or “beloved” Mother. Some might think it modern and progressive yet Julian was making this analogy back in the fourteenth century. The reason Julian likened Jesus to a mother was to illustrate that he never lets us, his children, suffer more than necessary, and our mothers or fathers would do the same. However there are times when it is necessary to allow a child to explore their environment even when there is a minor risk of stumbling or a fall. In doing so the child will learn to navigate their surroundings and survive in the world, but parents will never allow any real harm to come their way.
Yes, it is a fact of life that we may endure suffering on earth (and we know that some of that suffering will be far worse than a fall), but when we do, Jesus holds us lovingly and will swiftly raise us up. When friends and family look after us, or come alongside us during difficult times, it is their instinct to mother us. Just as Jesus cares for us; Just as God our Father loves us. In the same way Jesus calls us to care for those around us, Jesus acting through us his children. According to Julian He is “utterly at home” in us, and He lives in us for ever.
It must have been a spectacular experience to be around Jesus, with crowds of people following him, desperate to learn from him and be healed by him. At the point where we join today’s reading, Jesus was probably tired, and, having recently heard of the death of John the Baptist, was certain to be sad. Many times we hear that He often tried to withdraw to a solitary quiet place to rest and pray. That is why quiet days, retreats and holidays are so important to us.
The disciples, however, trying to protect him, wanted to send the people away. But Jesus showed patience and with compassion for those who were looking for healing. He only sought solitude after attending to their needs. As evening fell, Jesus dismissed the crowd and even sent the disciples away, telling them to go ahead in a boat to the other side of the lake. They were left to fend for themselves, to face the dangers of the waters on their own. Meanwhile, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.
We know the story of when he came to them, early in the morning. Walking on the water, saving Peter, and when they had got back into the boat, the disciples declared him to be the Son of God. They had heard Jesus’ teaching, seen his miracles, and now they witnessed him have dominion over the elements and the waters for themselves. Through their own stumbling experiences, the disciples were starting to build a picture of who he was. This acknowledgement of Jesus’ identity was encouragement for the original readers of Matthew’s Gospel that Jesus was again calling them to follow him.
Just as now, that same realisation is a call to us to follow him too. What encouragement do we have that Jesus calls us in our own day? What experience will it take for us to believe, to recognise Jesus for who he is? When the disciples think that Jesus is a ghost they are afraid, and then he tells them who he is: “It is I,” he says, a phrase they would have known, echoing God’s words – “I am” – to Moses at the burning bush. We may find ourselves thinking that it must have been easier for the first disciples than it is for us. After all, they had been with Jesus, they had witnessed his miracles first-hand and they had heard him teach. But even with that first-hand experience, they still failed to recognise him for who He is and have faith that he would save them in their dangerous situation.
By means of his Spirit, Jesus lives within each one of us today. In the uncertain times that we are experiencing at the present, He comes alongside us in all the difficult times of our lives. This happens in practical ways through the help and support of family and friends, through our church community, and often through complete strangers. Whether we recognise Jesus at work in others is another matter, but today’s gospel teaching shows us how we should act when we are facing problems in society or storms in our lives.
Like Jesus, we are to pray for others and offer help to all who ask it of us. We are to respond to each other as a mother would to her child, even if we are tired and feel the moment isn’t right, isn’t convenient. Even if our faith is faltering like Peter’s we can take heart, because God chose faith such as Peter’s, upon which to build his Church. Jesus works through each one of us to bring his love to the world. Jesus dwells within us, calling us to make sure that we look out for each other and help each other to navigate our surroundings. Especially in these difficult times, if we fall, if we falter, we are to keep faith that Jesus will reach out and catch us, when we need Him most.
Prayers of Intercession
Sometimes, like Peter, our faith is weak and, beset as we are by all of the challenges of our world and our worries about Covid 19 all we can do is cry out in fear. But let us trust that our Heavenly Father comes to us in our time of need. So let us pray together.
We pray for our political leaders, charged with governing our society; that they too might seek time in prayer seeking God’s help so as not to be daunted by the task they have to accomplish. May they orientate their own lives and hearts towards God as they try to do what is right for all people.
We pray for all who are in the caring professions as they seek to comfort and heal all those who are sick. May they be valued for their love and dedication to those who are in their care as they show the love of God to others.
We pray for the people in our local community who are in need; May we be aware of their concerns in their lives as they seek hope and peace. May they find in us the response that Jesus would have for them – a response of patience, mercy and compassion.
We pray for all children who in these uncertain times are missing their friends and fellow pupils. May they be safe in this holiday time and we ask that those who are looking after them will be a blessing to them, and in their parenting show them something of God’s love for them.
We bring before God all who are close to death and those who have died, may they be granted peace in eternity with our Heavenly Father and may the bereaved find comfort in his love.
Let us pray for ourselves; that we might not sink in the tumult of the seas of this life but be saved by the sight of Jesus our Lord reaching out to us in our need. May we recognise him truly as the Son of God.
Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
May God, who cares for us, strengthen our faith and resolve, to look after others in their need.
May we, who cry out in fear in times of anguish, be transformed by the creative power of God.
May the world, which often fails to notice God’s handiwork, recognise Jesus as the Son of God.
And the blessing of God almighty the Father Son and Holy Spirit be with us now and always. Amen
If we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Father Steven Kirk 01443 813246
Father Keith Hemmings 01443 830662
Sarah Steadman 01443 816276
Edward Williams-Price 07715 103273
Fiona Silverthorn 07593 858305
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