John Newton wrote the hymn Amazing Grace after he realised the evils of the slave trade he was involved with and, together with William Wilberforce, worked tirelessly to restore justice. And yet today slavery is still present in our world, even in our own country. The challenge of racial justice and intolerance is ever with us and challenges us to act in accordance with God’s principles.
Society in Jesus’ day was much concerned with status and guests at a meal were keen to sit at the places of honour on the table. ‘Don’t do that’, says Jesus, showing again the importance of humility in our lives.
One of the reasons Jesus became unpopular with the religious authorities of the day was that he was always challenging their mainstream views and traditional stance. And yet, 2000 years later, Christianity is viewed by many as the mainstream. How could we think differently and view the world through God’s eyes today, rather than rely solely on the view handed down? We sang an old and perhaps less familiar hymn as part of this service, which has some challenging words… [Continue Reading]
Beach missions are taking place all over the UK and in fact all over the world. Please pray for their work as they take this opportunity to reach out to people on holiday. Here are some prayer points to focus on: Freedom and wisdom. Pray that authorities will resist calls to silence the church outside places of worship, and pray for wisdom for those speaking at missions that they will be sensitive and that they will be given the right… [Continue Reading]
This year’s theme was Waste Warriors as we looked at the effects our waste is having on the world, how we so often make a mess of things, and how that can be put right. We changed the format a little this time with an all-day club on the Monday and an evening barbecue on Thursday. As usual, a lot of fun was had by all.
It was a lovely afternoon at Brecon Cathedral this Petertide as we witnessed the ordination of Peter Letson, son of our previous rector Barry Letson, and of Gill Todd. We continue to pray for them as they start on this new stage in their faith journeys.