Posts by Simon Large
How can we consider the contents of the whole of the Old Testament within a short reflection? There’s clearly no space for a book-by-book commentary, but here are some headings relating to the themes contained in it, which prepare the way for God’s full revelation of his plan of redemptive love through Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. The account in the first chapter of Genesis of God’s perfect creation God saw all that he had made, and… [Continue Reading]
This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 5.1-11, the story of the miraculous catch and the calling of the first disciples. John’s Gospel doesn’t have this story but there is a remarkable parallel right at the end. After the resurrection, after they’ve met with Jesus several times, Peter decides to go and fish. Afterwards Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,… [Continue Reading]
This is a new free service from the Church of England, providing spiritual nourishment for those who don’t have easy access to the internet. Please pass this number on to anyone you feel may benefit from it. 0800 804 8044 You can also download the poster and print a copy for friends.
This appeal from Tearfund is another way of responding to the current situation.
Following Barry’s recent sermon on climate change, this video by Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot is another spur to action.
As part of the extensive programme of renovations we have installed a ‘beacon’ system in the church, giving our visitors a flavour of the history of St Edmund’s on their smartphone, if they choose to install the LiveBeacons app. These small beacons are placed near points of interest in the church, and as you move around and get within range of a beacon, the app pops up a web page giving you all the information about that item. Having an… [Continue Reading]
We have just received the latest newsletter from Joel and Fiona in Amman. You can read it online on the CMS website.
St Edmund’s has a new west door, the main entrance to the church. Apart from being a lot more draught-proof, these door let visitors see into our warm and welcoming church, without standing in trepidation, wondering what lies behind the forbidding, dark, solid wood doors we used to have. We are very grateful to the Friends of St Edmund’s for the generous donation that made this possible.
The Friends of St Edmund’s Church have restored the grave of a former rector, the Rev Boscawen Somerset who did much to shape both the church and the facilities in the town. The rector served the parish from 1874 until his death in 1893 and inspired the parishioners to give generously towards some important projects that continue to influence life in Crickhowell today. The Friends of St Edmund’s were led to the idea of restoring the Rev Boscawen’s grave by… [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.