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15 hours ago
The hymn Crown him with many crowns and the tune ‘Diademata’ which I found myself humming yesterday were the catalyst for today’s thought
Corona Virus gets its name from the Latin for crown because of the series of spikes on the surface which it is said make it look like a crown. In many ways it is unfortunate that such a destructive force should bear such a name, although it certainly seems to be ruling our lives at the moment.
A crown is a traditional symbolic form of head adornment worn by a monarch or by a deity (as distinct from a hat), for whom the crown traditionally represents power, legitimacy, victory, triumph, honour, and glory, as well as immortality, righteousness, and resurrection. None of these it seems to me applies to Covid 19
We have just celebrated the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, as one wag posted on Facebook ‘Jesus is now working from home’
Above the altar in St John’s Barmouth in the centre of the enormous stained glass window there is one panel depicting Christ in his glory on his throne. ( pictured below).
The head that once was crowned with thorns,
is crowned with glory now
A royal diadem adorns
the mighty Victor’s brow.
The highest place that heav’n affords
is his, is his by right,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
and heav’n’s eternal Light
The cross he bore is life and health,
though shame and death to him;
his people’s hope, his people’s wealth,
their everlasting theme.
It is often said that Jesus has three crowns, past, present and future.
The Crown of Thorns – The Past Crown
“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!” John 19:5
The Crown of Glory and Honour – The Present Crown
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every human.” Hebrews 2:9.
The Crown of the Word of God -The Future Crown
“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” Revelation 19:12&13
As the risen, conquer over death as pictured in the window Jesus now is triumphantly reigning in heaven crowned with glory and honour.
He alone has earned the right to wear this glorious present crown. … See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago
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Good evening from Borneo… 🙏
Lovely sorry I’ve missed the live service and Walton’s bye bye lol
Thank you for another lovely service x
Stay safe everyone
Peace be with you all
On my way down Mike and Yvonne!!!
Peace be with you all
Peace be with you all
Hello Im Up xxx
Bore da 👋🏽👋🏽
Aww Pam ❤❤❤
diolch yn fawr
Diolch o galon
Diolch a Pam
Bore da pawb
2 days ago
Today is my middle sister’s birthday, she probably would not forgive me for revealing her age!
My youngest sister had her birthday 12 days ago, mine is on 27th December, not an ideal time for a birthday party, so my mother, canny as she was, used to allow us one big joint celebration on 17th May. We would all be allowed to invite three friends to tea and have sandwiches, jelly with ice cream and cake washed down with home-made lemonade. We would then play games like ‘pin the tail on the donkey and pass the parcel.
It was always great fun, but I think I can speak for my sisters and say we all felt we missed out by not celebrating on the actual date.
Today is the Sunday after Ascension. The lectionary (book which tells us what readings to have at which services) allows us to observe the Ascension today rather than last Thursday.
Next Sunday, 50 days after Easter, we celebrate the birth of the church, namely Pentecost. Like at the Easter Vigil it is a popular time for baptisms among some Christian churches.
The title Pentecost comes from the Greek word ‘Pentekostos’, meaning ’50’.
I expect many of us older people will remember it being referred to as Whit Sunday. This was traditionally the name for the celebration. ‘Whitsun’ is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘wit’, meaning ‘understanding’, and was called so to celebrate the disciples being filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
To mark its importance, it also used to be the weekend of the Whit bank holiday. On the Monday many places would hold Whit Monday pilgrimages for example Walsingham where it is recorded that in 1939 1200 people attended. This has continued to be held, although of course not this year because of Covid 19. You may recall some years ago the Bangor Diocese Whit pilgrimage to Ynys Enlli, when some of our young people crossed over to the island in the boat with the Bishop.
However, the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, moved this bank holiday to the last Monday in May, following a trial period of this arrangement from 1965 to 1970. So, it is 50 years this year since Pentecost/Whitsun was duly celebrated on the right day.
Have we lost out on both counts by not celebrating Ascension on Thursday (when it is still possible for children to ask for time off school to attend church) and by the loss of the Whit bank holiday?
Personally, I believe we have. They have just become days like any other, nothing to mark them out in the public eye as special. We as Christians and the church have lost the opportunity to explain what they are all about because people do not even know they are on the calendar.
Bit like my birthday when I was a child! … See MoreSee Less
Lovely sentiment and realism for today's world.
3 days ago
So how is your hair faring? Mine is growing and the sun has bleach it quite grey, but no roots showing as it is all my own colour. I think I may have to take the scissors to my fringe soon, I am getting to look like a shaggy sheepdog.
Now you may wonder where this is leading? I am not sure where it will lead us, but it started with the reading from the Acts of the Apostles yesterday. ~
After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. Acts 18:18
What the vow was or the reason for it is not revealed in this passage, we know that Paul had really upset the Jewish population whilst he was in Corinth. Had he taken the vow to prove to the Jewish population that although he was preaching Jesus Christ that it was not incompatible with him being Jewish? It would seem that the reason for the hair cut was that the period of the vow had ended. There is great debate amongst commentators over this.
Numbers 6:2ff gives the rules covering a Nazarite vow, when a man or a woman set themselves aside for a particular purpose in the service of God. it seems to convey the idea of a person’s acting from extraordinary zeal for God and religion. That could certainly fit with Paul.
Growing or cutting of hair, binding and unbinding of have all have significance in the Bible. They may be the sign of a vow undertaken or ended, those serving as priests in the temple were not permitted to have their hair hanging loose but it had to be bound. A woman whose morals were in question, particularly a married one, would have been shamed by having her hair unbound and let hang loose, this would have happened to the woman brought to Jesus accused of having been caught in the act of adultery.
Perhaps the two best known stories concerning hair are those of Samson, who was tricked by Delilah into revealing the secret of this strength, Judges 16 and of course the incident where Jesus feet are dried by Mary’s hair (Luke 7:38ff & John 12:3)
Then of course we have the passages which for centuries meant that women wore hats in church, a very few still do, and it can be a challenge to administer the chalice when they are wide brimmed. (1Corinthains 11:6 etc)
But where has all this led? To what is probably the most important passage concerning hair in the whole of Scripture 1 Peter 3:3-4
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewels or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
Prayer: God grant that others will find you hidden in the depths of my heart and come to know that they too are precious in your sight, AMEN … See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
An overcast windy morning this morning, and guess what? A wet Bank holiday forecast, not that many of us will be going anywhere.
The weather headline yesterday morning revealed that ‘thunderstorms lit up the skies over Wales after the hottest day of the year so far’. It continued but the sunny weather gave way to dramatic thunder and lightning overnight.’
Lightning has fascinated people for hundreds of years. My grandmother believed the old wives’ tale: “Thunder in winter brings snow in seven days.” If it thundered in February, she would say that it would snow in May. More often than not she would be right on both counts!! She had no idea of the science behind her predictions.
Now I could go on at length about the physics of lightning because that was Gerry’s field of expertise. We spent many hours sat in aircraft hangers simulating lightning strikes to aircraft to test their hardness to the immense power and energy produced by a lightning strike. All I will bore you with is that a single bolt of lightning contains 5 billion joules of energy, enough to power a household for a month. The energy of an average thunderstorm equals that of an atom bomb.
So where am I going with this? to lightning being used to try to describe God in the Bible.
It was how they perceived God speaking to Moses in Exodus 20:18 when God gave the ten commandments. Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off.
Several times Job refers to lightning as the method God uses to communicate with humankind.
It is recalled in the Psalms as a tool God uses against the enemies of the Israelites in Psalm 105 & 144. But also as a natural element that gives praise to its maker.
It is used to describe the appearance of the angel sat on the rolled away stone at the resurrection. Matthew 28:3
(I love that sequence: Job done stone moved, Resurrection complete, I’ll just sit on it)
Jesus himself uses it as a description of his own power Luke 17:24
For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.
And if you thought that heaven was all puffy clouds and soft harp music think again! Read Revelation 8:5 or 11:19 or ponder on Chapter 16:17-18 below
The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake.
We can never adequately describe God in human terms, but perhaps the use of lightning which is at one and the same time terrifying in its power but awesome in its energy and stunning in its beauty has something to offer us. … See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
to his throne beyond the skies. Alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia!
enters now the highest heaven. Alleluia! t. Llanfair
Roy Lawrence’s book ‘Why the Ascension matters’ was the inspiration for today where we look at 10 way in which the Ascension can inform our faith
1. The ascension of Jesus moves us beyond what we can perceive with our five physical senses. It introduces us to the full splendour which God has designed for us.
2. The ascension of Jesus gives us language to speak about both Jesus’ absence and presence—his absence from us in the body, but at the same time his presence with us in and through the Holy Spirit.
3. The ascension of Jesus depicts the boundary between earth and heaven as permeable. Jesus’ resurrected body passes through this boundary and in our ‘thin places’ we are already able to experience this.
4. The ascension of Jesus changes how we visualize heaven. It pictures heaven as a dwelling not just an ethereal and vaporous concept.
5. The ascension of Jesus changes how we visualize Jesus today. , Jesus is not passive (gone and forgotten), but active. Jesus is praying for us (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 24-25). Jesus is sending the Spirit. Having prepared a place for us, Jesus is actively waiting for us.
6. The ascension of Jesus helps us see lordship and sovereignty as good and gracious. The Ascension helps us comprehend the kind of power that is purely good and altogether lifegiving RATHER THAN equated with bullying or coercive force..
7. The ascension helps us see that heaven is a place that is not indifferent to human suffering (Heb. 4:14-16). Particularly this year falling in Mental Health awareness week and given the effect of Covid 19 on our lives It is a profound resource for addressing deep pastoral needs—for those who struggle with depression, guilt, shame, shallowness, and conflict; for those who are persecuted; for victims of war and violence; for victims of abuse and tragedy.
8. The ascension of Jesus can prevent us from over-identifying with everyday reality. It gives us a basis for passionate living
graced by freedom, not grasping; invitation, not control.
9. Ascension teaches us a lot about ultimate desire. It reminds us that our ultimate desires cannot be satisfied with life as we know it, this is surely evidenced by so many turning to prayer at this time.
10. Ascension humbles us. It shows us how limited our minds, imaginations, and words really are. … See MoreSee Less