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Weekly Sheet 7 November 2021

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Readings for Week 32 in Year 1

Monday:         Wisdom 1. 1-7, Psalm 139. 1-10; Luke 17. 1-6 

Tuesday:         Wisdom 2. 23-3.9; Psalm 34. 15-22; Luke 17. 7-10

Wednesday:     Wisdom 6. 1-11; Psalm 82; Luke 17. 11-19

Thursday:        Wisdom 7. 21– 8.1; Psalm 119. 89-96; Luke 17. 20-25

Friday:              Wisdom 13. 1-9;  Psalm 19. 1-4; Luke 17. 26—37

Saturday:         Wisdom 18. 14-16, 19. 6-9; Psalm 105. 1-6; Luke 18. 1-8

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Here is the weekly sheet and the newly-published parish magazine (click here) – happy reading ……..

The great Climate conference in Glasgow seems to have come and gone with some really moving speeches from those worst affected and what seems to be little more than blah, blah, blah from everyone else, including Mr Johnson and Mr Biden. We have lost an opportunity to make things better for us and for those who come after us. It is a shame that so little definite has been promised amongst all the hot air: we will all pay the price. To quote this Sunday’s gospel ‘Beware those who like to be treated with great respect in the market-places and to have the best seats and places of honour . .. . they will receive the greater condemnation’ The reading ends with the widow giving, not like the wealth-displayers out of her superabundance with more than enough left over, but what little she had. ….……..

I wrote last week about the new Ministry Area of Margam, stressing that our finances and our reserves stay where they are and under our control. The new Ministry Area Council will need an electorate – people to put them into office. We will have to produce a new electoral roll for 2022 so that everyone can play their part in this and make sure that the two representatives from each church are truly representative.

Over the next two weeks we will deliver an enrolment form to everyone on our long list (250 names) so that you can join the new roll: nomination papers will be available in December and we will have three congregational meetings in early January (or send out ballot papers) if we have more than two nominations for each church. The commitment will be to at least six meetings a year with the representatives from the other churches: ability to serve on subcommittees a bonus!

We hope everyone will feel able to take part in the process and in the elections. We will, of course, still have two subwardens for each church (who may also stand for the Area Council if they wish) and a local church committee so that local matters are decided locally. It is important that we get this right from the beginning and involving everyone in the elections  is a good way to start – over to you….

Next week, of course, brings our annual Remembrance of those fallen, injured and bereaved in war, recalling the courage of many and the pain felt by more.  There will be an act of Remembrance at the War Memorial (not, for some reason the Bandstand) at 11am on Thursday, a service of Commemoration on Stormy Down on Saturday at 10.30 and the Town Remembrance service next Sunday at 10.30 (note the change in service times at All Saints). We can only allow 200 in Church, masked, and everyone else will have to be outside. For obvious reasons there will be no refreshments afterwards.

A reminder that the 200 Club meets at St David’s Nottage on Saturday 13th offering soup and roll and all the usual attractions…

The explosions of fireworks are already beginning. We pray, on this day when Parliament was planned to be destroyed, for Her Majesty the Queen and for those who serve in Parliament and in the Welsh Assembly and for all of us committed to their charge.

Father Philip