This is a little bit out of date but these are our current Presbytery Prayer Points.
I’ve realised I’ve done 2 years on the blog and so I think I’ll go to a weekly update which will probably peter out! if there’s anything interesting I’ll fill you in
I’m reading James Montgomery Boice’s ‘Foundations of the Christian Faith‘, it’s a series of sermons he preached at Tenth Presbyterian Church in the late 70’s and early 80’s giving the congregation a Systematic Theology. It originally appeared in 4 volumes and then in the late 90’s was put into one attractive hardback edition – it’s styled a comprehensive and readable theology. In lots of ways it’s a remarkable work for not being remarkable, just accessible decent systematics. Boice was a great simplifier and there are lovely little sections…..
James Sercombe led and was in good form, the singing as always was remarkable – O for a 1000 Tongues, A Soveriegn Protector, I greet thee who my sure redeemer art, See what a Morning and the Doxology unaccompanied. Jeremy Bailey who is the minister of Bethlehem, Sandfields and chairs the conference and is doing a great job, there are lots more younger families coming than there used to be. It was brilliant to see old friends for the first time in years, Alun and I went down the Prom later in the night reliving our youth but there was no one about apart from kids 20 years younger than we are so we retreated back up the hill.
Day 330 – Saturday 18 Aug – I got a lift back to Swansea first thing with one of the elders in Ebenezer and was back to give the second talk in our series on Romans 5&6. the kids listened really well. Preaching is such a strange thing I enjoyed speaking to our camp far more than Aber. We were down on Caswell in the afternoon and sea was really beautiful, nearly all the kids were in. They’ve settled well. In the evening I went off to meet a potential intern who I don’t think will come to us but it was worth a try.
Yr 2 – Day 326 – Tue 14 Aug – I had masses of prep with Aber and then camp next week. I’m not really getting anywhere and getting back to it after holidays is a killer.Dave Hills finished off his series on Ruth at ELT well. I then had a Pastoral meeting in the afternoon followed by an admin catch up with Jess. In the evening I went to see our oldest and third oldest members. Both of whom were a real delight.
Yr 2 – Day 327 – Wed 15 Aug – I watched the Aber morning address by Paul Mallard and it was a remarkable sermon on suffering, really worth watching. I had a visit in the afternoon, I’m still not really where I want to be for the sermon in Aber and for camp but have run out of time. In the evening John Silva one of our elders led the prayer meeting, Afterwards I went through the wedding service with Olly and Rachel which is fast approaching.
Yr 2 – Day 327 – Thu 16 Aug – We went to pick up the minibuses for camp from Twickenham and were back for mid morning. I went into town to meet Dick Lucas for lunch. He was in terrific form and took me through his material he’s been working on in 2 Timothy and Hebrews. I had a Pastoral Visit and then spent the evening printing out stuff for Aber and Swansea. If you want to watch the Aber sermon tomorrow it’s on youtube here