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September 2017

Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector Writes

It’s September. I hope you’ve had a good rest over the summer and bank holiday. There is much to be said of Jesus’ words, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you ‘rest’.” The rest that Jesus offers to each of us is a special rest – a spiritual rest – a wholesome rest – a fulfilling rest – a rest that gives to us hope for the future, strength for the present and forgiveness of the past. May we each know more fully Jesus’ rest not least to equip us as we come now to the activity of the September season!

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August 2017

Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector Writes

This month I would like to begin with some introductions.

Firstly, welcome to Simon Piercy. Simon, a local primary school teacher and until now the regular church organist at St John’s Penymynydd, has recently been accepted for ordination training. Under the new Church In Wales’ St Padarn’s Institute Training Scheme, Simon is going to be training locally and we (Hope and Emmanuel) are fortunate enough to have been selected to be his main church placement for the next twelve months.

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July 2017

The Rector Writes
This month begins with Bishop Gregory making his Visitation to the Borderlands and Mold Mission Areas on Sunday 2nd July in St Matthews Buckley. where he will address members of the Mission Area Conferences and their committees together with clergy and wardens. Following the 3pm Visitation, afternoon tea will be served.
At 5pm there will be a Holy Communion Altogether service to which all are invited.

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June 2017

The Rector Writes

This month I am delighted to announce the launch of THE COMMUNITY BIBLE EXPERIENCE (CBE) in both Hope Church and Emmanuel Penyffordd. If you’ve ever wanted to get a good grasp of the entire New Testament: Now is the time!

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May 2017

The Rector Writes
No Prayer Page this month! That’s because this month the Rector Writes column is an invitation to you to Pray.
‘Thy Kingdom Come…’ Familiar words from the Lord’s Prayer? They are powerful words from the Lord’s Prayer too!
This month, The Church In Wales is joining with the Church of England and Anglican Communion’s new initiative, A Global Wave of Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come.

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April 2017

The Rector Writes

Alistair McGrath, professor of science and religion in Oxford University, presents in his book, ‘Knowing Christ’, (Hodder & Stoughton, 2001), several ways in which we can each know for ourselves Jesus Christ.

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March 2017

The Rector Writes

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! Happy Saint David’s Day! Which this year of course also coincides with Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

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February 2017

The Rector Writes

Rev Gerald Griffiths, the well respected and much loved, former Rector of Hope in the 1990s, you may have heard went to be with the Lord last month. Many of you here no doubt have your own fond memories of Gerald and his ministry here in Hope. From our time in Wrexham, Rachel and I remember Gerald too – as an excellent man.

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January 2017

The Rector Writes
(See also, below, Bishop Gregory’s Advent Message)

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you’ve enjoyed the Christmas Season. It has been great to welcome so many again through our doors to celebrate the reason for the season and Christmas Starts with Christ.

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December 2016

The Rector Writes,

It is December. Advent. Christmas is coming! Christ is on the way!

Thank you to all who came along on Advent Sunday… ‘Christmas Starts Sunday’… to get us off on the right foot reminding us what this fast approaching, often silly-busy, season is all about… ‘Christmas Starts with Christ’!

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