“It’s still coming home,

but its just that it has been delayed a bit”, so said one England fan after the team’s semi-final defeat to Croatia. The nation hoped, the nation watched, the nation was, according to one newspaper …. ‘heartbroken’.

England is deemed to be the home of football because we invented the game; the kicking around of an inflated pigs bladder and all that…  And we see England as more than just the place where football originated. Football in some sense belongs to us and as the national sport it is something which is a part of us.

And church is home, not a place. Church is family. Church is knowing and being known and it is part of who we are. So inevitably it engages with our emotions, our hopes, the joys and travails of life; it is a place to be encouraged and a place to be consoled. Church family is the place which God has given to us, where He is present and we learn to be his people. As such church has truly become for us a home.

 


‘God . . .

 . . . calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meets’

                                                                                                                      Frederic k Buechner

 


Sharing life together . . .

. .  . is sharing steps in time.
The music is different to each of us, but how beautiful the dance’

Vinay


While most of us . . .

. . . will be at the Church Weekend in Cefn Lea, some of us will still gather at Hale Road and we are delighted to have international speaker and writer Brene Brown at Hale Road, (sadly not in person, but via video). Brene returned to faith after some years away from church, and has now ably woven together her faith and her research on vulnerability and shame. Brene says, ‘Guilt is when we have done something wrong, shame is when we think we are something wrong.’ Into this, the Christian community powerfully brings the possibility of healing and the opportunity for restoration.

Please remember there is no evening service this week – and no, its not because Poland vs Columbia is a big deal!

 


So Donald and Kim . . .

. . .  seem to be patching this up pretty well. There’s the handshake, the intimate negotiations and a commitment on both sides to de-escalate the military tensions centred on the Korean peninsular. The world breathes a sigh of relief. 
So what possible use might a 2,000 year-old book be, in helping us to understand these things? Well, you better believe it can. This Sunday’s passage on Ephesians 4 takes on lying, anger and theft, all in the context of ego and pride. Paul’s remedy is found in nothing less than forgiveness, the unity of believers and the very example of Christ himself.
Tonight our fabulous young people will be leading the wonderful Youth-In service and unpacking the Parable of the Great Banquet – will all the style and energy they usually show.

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