WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SKETTY
LAST WORDS FOR JUNE 2019
LAST WORD FOR SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 2019 -
Over the last week the trees at St Paul’s have taken a battering in the high winds especially as they are all full of leaves due to it being June, though it has felt far more like winter. I have been reading recently a book about trees called “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben. It is a fascinating book that delves into the facts about trees that simply amaze.
The author describes coming across a tree stump which had been cut down at least 500 years ago. The centre had rotted away over the years but the outer ring was still alive. It had green sappy wood but with no branches or leaves to sustain it the only explanation was that the trees around it were sustaining the fallen tree. Roots intertwined and feeding their fallen friend. Scientist believe that the fungal networks around the roots facilitate the exchange of nutrients between the trees and in some cases roots even connecting.
Who would have thought that trees could act in this way? That a tree could support the weaker and the injured in time of need.
For Christians support of the weak and needy has always been at the forefront of what Christ Jesus expects of us. To look out for each other and support. To feed the hungry and heal the sick. Now when I look at the large lime tree in the vicarage garden and the trees spread around our grounds and across the park, I see them in a different way. They are now a reminder of what our Lord expects of us.
LAST WORDS PENTECOST 2019 SUNDAY 9th. JUNE
Many people use a candle as representing Jesus and for focus for prayer and meditation. Today I would like to share some of my thoughts that came out of such a meditation.
At one time, fire was extremely important. It was a source of heat, and because it gave off light it was
used as torches to light the way in the dark.
It was also used for protection. For example, those sleeping out in the fields used fire to ward off wild
animals who would attack shepherds and their sheep.
Fire purifies, and contaminated clothing would be burnt to stop infection from spreading. In some countries the bodies of plague victims were destroyed for this way also.
Fire was used for beacons to announce invasion or to let people know an important event had or was occurring.
On that very special Pentecost after Jesus Ascension, when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples and followers of Jesus, He appeared as tongues of flames.
The flames of Pentecost speak to me of the warmth of the love of Jesus Who came to us as the Light of the world and leads us through all the dark places we encounter as we travel along the road of life that leads to God’s Kingdom.
Just like fire, the Holy Spirit gives protection from the powers of evil at work in the world and within us. He purifies us enabling us to become true representatives of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
When Jesus cleanses us of all that we have done wrong, then our lives, aglow with the fire of the Holy Spirit burning within us, will themselves become beacons of hope telling the ‘Good News’ of Jesus.
May the Holy Spirit set us on fire with God’s love Pentecost 2019.
Many blessings with love, Marian S.C.L.
LAST WORD FOR SUNDAY 23rd. JUNE, 2019 -
“Lord, I feel called to serve You, and this is what I am going to do for You!” This is a prayer many have mistakenly made to God when acknowledging a vocation.
Our Lord has called us all into His service, He loves us all equally and He gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us. We may have different roles, but we are all interdependent and we are brought into His church and signed with His cross to show we are His disciples, His representatives on earth today.
If we want to serve Him, the place to start is where we are and through prayer and seeking His will, He will show us the way along a path of life He has chosen for us. By going our own way, along it, we are likely to get lost and we may find our witness is failing because we are in the wrong place.
Some find their way immediately while others travel their paths branching off in different directions and testing their calling where those paths lead. We may be sure that our Lord will use us in those places but if we trust Him and remain open to His guidance and what He wants from us, He will lead us back to the right path until we become what He intended.
I have been on a long journey from telling our Lord in my late teens how I wanted to serve Him, through failure, rejection and disappointment, to taking vows, and serving as a Lay Minister, and now to being ordained as a Deacon next Saturday in Brecon cathedral. None of the years have been wasted. I have grown and developed my calling and been changed until I have arrived at the place, I always longed to be. I have had to learn humility and obedience and to trust God and do things His way.
I should have said in the first place, “Lord, what do you want me to do for you?” and let Him take complete control.
Thank You my Father, for loving me and helping me to be the person You want me to be and through life experiences making me better able to serve You as a Deacon in Your church today.
My Dear friends, please pray for me – I still have a long way to go!