I am writing this on the day of the EU referendum, not knowing the outcome of course, but safe in the knowledge that by this time tomorrow it will be all over and our lives can get back to normal – whatever normal might be! Whether the vote is to stay or to leave, the world will still continue to turn, time will still pass too quickly and, if for only a few more days, Wales and England are still very much IN the Euro 2016 Football Tournament (although by the time you read this, they both most probably will be OUT!).
July begins with the Synod’s Big Day Out. It is a pity that there aren’t more folk from Horeb able to go but those who will be there will ensure that our filled Yellow Bag is safely handed over. We spent some time in worship at the beginning of June and then at the church meeting on the 12th June thinking about what sustains the life and journey of Horeb Chapel and what we should put in the bag to represent this. The bag itself will be given to another church in the Synod at the Big Day Out and we will also come home with someone else’s bag.
You offered quite a few ideas which in the end boiled down to three items. These are – a box of Fairtrade teabags, a packet of seeds and the lovely olivewood ‘praying hands’ kindly donated by Joe. I will also include in the bag an explanation of these items for the benefit of the recipient church which will go something along these lines.
Drinking cups of tea – Fairtrade of course – are often the times when the church comes together and stories are told. We are a church that supports each other with care and prayer, a church that eats and drinks together regularly, both in worship (as at communion) and in social occasions. Tea, and other forms of refreshment, are important to us as we journey together.
Seeds have the potential to grow into many different kinds of plant and flower. For the last 9 years we have hosted a Fruit and Veg coop and more recently started a Community Lunch. These occasions have helped us to offer something to the village community and we have made many friends through them. We hope that in doing this we have sown a few seeds of God’s love in the hearts of those we have served.
Regular worship is central to what we are about as a church and gives us the spiritual sustenance to continue on our journey. The praying hands remind us that the activity of our hands is supported by the prayers of our hearts and without that prayerful relationship with God and each other we could not be as active as we are.
We wait to see what is in the bag that we receive from elsewhere and pray that our bag will be as a gift to another church in Wales.
And as the writer of the letter to the church at Ephesus says – Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people. (Ephesians 6:18)