News & Items of Interest
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Recipes old and new wanted for a Ministry Area Recipe Book.
Starters, Mains, Puddings, Cakes, Biscuits
Recipes with clear methods and maybe a short reason why the recipe is a favourite.
Please send to Revd Kathleen
Some Hints About Prayer This Lent
Prayer is instinctive for human beings, even those who don’t regard themselves as religious. You are standing at a bus stop in the wind and the rain, thinking ‘I do hope the bus will come soon’. It’s an inner yearning. It defies logic: either the bus is coming or it isn’t. But we all do it. It’s instinctive and it’s the raw material of prayer. Hoping for something better is basic. Like all instincts, it needs to be trained.
To whom do we pray? What you pray and the way you do it will be shaped by your view of God. Christian prayers are fashioned by what we know of Jesus and what He taught about prayer.We pray by invitation. Again and again, Jesus encouraged his companions to pray. A couple of his parables on the subject have been misinterpreted as instructions to persuade a resistant God to do what we want. Have a look at Luke 18, verses 1-8, about a widow whose perseverance finally persuaded an unwilling judge to rule in her favour. The lesson is that God is not like that! Similarly, an unwelcome neighbour who persistently calls for help in the middle of the night gets what he wants (Luke 11.5-13). The lesson?
If tenacious lobbying can overcome human unwillingness, how much more our gracious God will heed his children’s cry.Pushing at an open door. Jesus is already praying for us. So when we start to pray, we step on to an already moving staircase. Sometimes prayer seems tougher than it need be. Jesus invited us to be linked to him, in the way an inexperienced bullock is yoked to a mature ox. Have a look at Matthew 11, 28-29, which concludes “for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. When Marion Bartoli unexpectedly won the 2013 Women’s Wimbledon final, she said “I believe if you put all your heart and effort into everything you are doing, then God is there to help you.”
Is your prayer on the right lines? Try adding “for Christ’s sake” at the end. “Please let my marrow win the Gardening Club competition”? No. “Not my will but yours” is the key. So when praying, don’t give God instructions, just report for duty.
Ministry Area Council
The Ministry Area Council met on Wednesday 20th January where various items of business were discussed.
Mrs Joanne Gower, M/A Treasurer gave a short report on the M/A accounts which are looking healthy due to the fundraising efforts last year.
The Council was reminded that individual end of year church accounts had to be ready for the Ministry Area AGM to be held on Wednesday 20th April.
Mrs Jen Evans gave a short report on the work of the Pastoral Team. The “Cawl a Chlonc” held in November was a great success and would be repeated on February 11th at Cemaes Church Room. An open invitation was extended to Council members.
Future fundraising ideas were discussed – a M/A Recipe Book and Notelets/Christmas Cards to sell were two options.
The Diocese is in need of a property audit of each Church in the Ministry Area which needs to be done as soon as possible.
A faculty application for the internal repainting of St Peter’s Church, Machynlleth was supported.
Mrs Jen Evans, our Ministry Area Pastoral Team leader and Worship leader, has offered herself for ordination to the Permanent Diaconate. The Council fully supported her and wished her well as she begins this important faith journey.
Parish Magazine Subscriptions
Yearly subscriptions are now overdue for the monthly magazine. Please pay your distributor.
Grateful thanks, once again this year, to Capt Lambert and the staff of the Tabernacle for producing the magazine every month.
New Dean at Bangor Cathedral
A bus has been arranged for Saturday 30th January for the service of Collation, Institution and Installation of the Reverend Kathy Jones as Dean of Bangor Cathedral. As she is a native of Corris it would be good if we could join together as a Ministry Area to attend this service and welcome her to our Diocese.
The bus will leave Machynlleth at 11am for the service at 2pm and return at 6.30pm. The price will be £10. Please give your names and money to your Church Warden as soon as possible.