Newsletter for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hi All

Another week has flown by and it’s been a busy one again, so apologies that this email with the newsletter is late out.
It’s been a good week with the quarterly meetings in Llanynys, Llanbedr, Llanychan & Llangynhafal, reflecting and taking stock of where we are as well as looking ahead and planning for the coming season…

It’s an interesting time in our liturgical calendar, a brief dip into the green of Ordinary time after the 40 days of celebrating the incarnation, Christmas, Epiphany and on to Candlemass. It won’t be long now before we return to purple and begin our long track through Lent. When you look at the liturgical year it falls into almost 2 halves. The second half, after Trinity Sunday is almost entirely in green, but this first half we are in now is cycle of preparation and celebration, it is the time when we not only tell the story of our faith but bring it to life for today. We prepare in the purple of Advent, celebrate from Christmas to Candlemass in white and gold, why the light was necessary and that the light has come. Then we prepare in the wilderness of Lent in purple, the dramatic Red of Passion tide, then celebrate the resurrection from Easter to Ascension before the great feast in Red of Pentecost. So it’s good to have a few weeks in green to split this up, a time to pause and reflect after Advent & Christmas to ask, where are you with God right now, how has he been active (or absent) from your life? And we look forward, thinking of Lent to come, how will you cultivate your spiritual prayer life in Lent, how will we actively seek to deepen our faith and connect more closely with God in the season of preparation to come? We’ve certainly got plenty of opportunity planned for Lent, which will you be coming to and how will you use what is on offer? Take a look at the newsletter and our website to see what’s coming up…

Attached is the newsletter and reading sheets for this week…
Please do pray for our young people preparing for confirmation as they meet this Thursday, and for drop in Friday’s in St Peter’s Ruthin which is back with a bang after the covid-induced break, and all our other weekly activities and worship… it’s a good sign of a healthy mission area that we’re struggling to fit everything on the news sheet!
And we give especial thanks to God for Caroline’s good news as she’s given the ‘all clear’ and sends a message of thanks to everyone whose held her in prayer over the past 6 months or so.

From Caroline Bennett: This week I had the ‘all clear’ from my cancer, following treatment last year. I would like to thank everyone for your prayers which upheld and supported us during this difficult time, and for all the kind cards, flowers and words of encouragement.

Tad Huw
Mission Area Leader of Dyffryn Clwyd