Readings for Week 27 in Year 1
Monday: Jonah 1:1-17, 2:10; Psalm 130; Luke 10:25-37
Tuesday: Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 6; Luke 10:38-42
Wednesday: Jonah 4:1-11; Psalm 86:1-10; Luke 11:1-4
Thursday: Malachi 3:13-4:2; Psalm 1; Luke 11:5-13
Friday: Joel 1:13-15, 2:1-2; Psalm 9:1-8; Luke 11:14-26
Saturday: Joel 3:12-21; Psalm 97; Luke 11:27-28
Here is this week’s notice-sheet and the new magazine. Our apologies to All Saints’ subscribers – because of a printer problem their hard copies are delayed until next week.
Two weeks away does make a difference: quiet and calm in north Gower for a week, a very interesting cheese experience in London and then a weekend in the Cotswolds: a change in environment, tempo and the blessing of good weather make for a much more relaxed Rector. For now…..
Our new Ministry Area now has a name – Margam. The thinking after an incredibly long discussion was really that it is recognisable, short and historic (as opposed to Fr Mark’s suggestion of Junction 37). All our parishes were originally founded from the Abbey and so we become the Margam Ministry Area in the Deanery of Margam in the Archdeaconry of Margam (just in case anybody misses the point. To the west there is Port Talbot and to the east Penybont ar Ogwr .. we are like the savoury filling between much larger (less exciting) pieces of bread.
Work continues on making this work and a great deal of credit goes to our Treasurer, Paul, for creating a realistic roadmap to allow this t happen. Every parish retains its own identity and bank accounts: our charity will be renamed but the monies in the accounts remain firmly local. There will be a council and committees but most of us won’t notice much difference – it is meant to be a gradual path to become accustomed to and taking account of those to our north and west with the benefit of shared resources.
Returning to normal means harvest lunches and harvest suppers in All Saints and Saint John’s; a meeting of St John’s Fayre committee, open to all, on the 14th and a growing list of Christmas concerts. Our first concert since lockdown in in All Saints tomorrow at 11 with Catherine Tanner-Williams on the oboe, followed by Porthcawl Community Orchestra on the 10th: good news for music-lovers! That said, there are currently 55 Covid cases in Porthcawl in the last 10 days and we have someone in hospital with it from our congregations. It hasn’t gone away by any means….
Harvest Thanksgiving is about taking stock and notice of all that we have and eat and take and use and remembering that it comes to us through God’s good grace. It is time too to remember those who have not – the clients of the Food Pantry and the Foodbank, let alone those wo overseas lack even basic necessities. It is a complex time of rejoicing and conscience – we too readily forget the gifts God gives to us and his call to love (and feed) our neighbour. So, in the words of the hymn we will sing ‘So thank the Lord, o thank the Lord for all his love’ and remember the words that we have heard from St James these last weeks that thanksgiving without action isn’t thanksgiving at all.
Every blessing to you all,
The earth is at the same time mother,
she is mother of all that is natural,
mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all,
for contained in her are the seeds of all.
The earth of humankind
contains all moistness, all greenness,
all germinating power.
It is in so many ways fruitful.
All creation comes from it.
Yet it forms the basic raw material
but also the substance
of the incarnation of God’s son.
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)