Llantrisant Parish Monthly Magazine July 2019

Llantrisant Parish Monthly Magazine July 2019

Llantrisant Parish Monthly Magazine July 2019

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4 Parish of Llantrisant Church Services Sunday Services Parish Church of Sts. Illtyd, Gwynno & Dyfodwg, Llantrisant 9.00am Holy Communion 11.00am Family Service, alternating communion and non– communion 6.00pm Evensong and Sermon St. Michael’s, Beddau 9.15am Holy Communion St. David’s, Miskin 11.00am The first Sunday of the month—All Age Worship (no communion) Subsequent Sundays—Holy Communion Weekday Services Tuesdays 10.00am Holy Communion at St. Michael’s, Beddau Thursdays 10.00am Holy Communion at St. David’s, Miskin Vicar : The Reverend Vivian Parkinson The Vicarage, Coed-yr-Esgob, Llantrisant CF72 8EL Tel: 01443 223356 Email: vivparkinson@parishofllantrisant.org.uk Curate : Mr Steven Brett Tel : 01443 572647 Email : stevenbrett@parishofllantrisant.org.uk

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5 Curate’s Corner My brothers and sisters, I’d like to begin, on behalf of myself, Karin, and Primrose, by thanking all of you for your prayers, cards, presents and best wishes. We have been overwhelmed by all that we have received and are incredibly grateful. Thank you! Obviously adjusting to life with a newborn is a challenge for anyone, and whilst there have been some moments that have been difficult, I often think that we have been very lucky to have such a contented baby, and am almost embarrassed when I am asked the question ‘How are you sleeping?’ Because thanks to Primrose and Karin, the answer, usually is ‘pretty well, thanks.’ I am aware though how difficult it can be to be a parent, especially if you are a lone parent, which is why I commend to you once again the Mother’s Union caravan in Porthcawl, which provides a opportunity for families to have a holiday, especially those who have limited means.

There is an opportunity to see the caravan, at Trecco Bay, during the open week, from the 9th July to the 12th July.

The lectionary readings for the month are from chapter 10 of the gospel of Luke. I’ve had a read through them, and I can’t help but think that there is a message in these readings especially for us as a parish. There is at the start of chapter 10 the story of the Mission of the Seventy, who Jesus ‘sent ahead of him’ to the places he intended to visit himself. In verse 2 there is that famous line ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few.’ Next we have the parable of the Good Samaritan, a story with which we are all familiar, which concludes with Jesus telling the lawyer who had asked the question to go and show the same mercy as the Samaritan, to the people who he meets.

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6 And finally, we have the story of Jesus meeting Mary and Martha, where Martha is like a busy bee, rushing around, distracted by her tasks, not focused on the presence of Jesus; But, Mary is sat at his feet, rapt, listening to his words. Jesus offers Martha a rebuke, for being distracted, but tells us that Mary ‘has chosen the better part’. How does this apply to us, the Body of Christ, in the parish of Llantrisant? Firstly, we are the labourers, the people sent ahead of Jesus, to share the gospel message of salvation. Unlike the seventy, we have no need to undertake a peripatetic ministry, there are people in this parish who have not heard the Good News, or maybe have forgotten it.

We can all play a part in bringing the gospel to them. With the interregnum drawing ever closer, the opportunity to use our skills to help grow the Kingdom here, in this place, has never been more urgent. Maybe we could take the opportunity to contact someone who used to worship in the parish, but maybe we haven’t seen for some time?

Next we need to ‘show mercy’ to those who we have interactions with. I think there are many ways we can do this, from just listening to someone who needs to be heard, to the practical help of something like Rainbow of Hope, or our Dementia Support Group. We need to enact the love of Christ with the people who we meet, as the words of Matthew’s gospel, adopted by Llantrisant town trust says, we need to be ‘the city on the hill, that cannot be hidden’. By our fruits we shall be known, and if we can help those in need, and live lives pleasing to God we will be effective evangelists. And finally, we need to be aware of what distracts us from listening to Jesus and living our lives as he calls us, and make the changes necessary.

All of us, myself and Viv included, can look at our diaries and consider where we should be making time for God and leaving behind the distractions. It is vitally important that we spend time in prayer, reading our Bibles, and

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7 worshipping together. That last part is really as important as the other two. Coming together to worship and in fellowship through the Spirit is what binds us, The Body of Christ together. With every blessing, Steve Holy Days - 27th July The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus – proving a nap is good for you! Do you tend to avoid conflict? When you feel stressed, do you crave sleep? Then the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus would be good patron saints for you. But – you may find it hard to copy their successful method of avoiding trouble! Legend has it that The Seven Sleepers were third century Christians who lived in Ephesus during the persecutions of the Roman Emperor Decius.

When things got very bad, the Seven Sleepers decided to ‘go to ground’. Literally. They found a cave on the outskirts of the city and walled themselves in. The story goes that then God simply put them to sleep.

200 years later they woke up and peeped out of the cave again. Things had changed: Ephesus had converted to Christianity. Unfortunately, the Seven Sleepers did not get much time to enjoy the new freedoms, because within a short time they all died – of extreme old age. The story was popularised in the 6th century by Gregory of Tours and Jacob of Sarugh, who venerated the Seven Sleepers as saints. But it was challenged by Baronius and many scholars since. It is sometimes called a Christianised pagan or Jewish legend akin to Rip Van Winkle.

A possible moral for anyone today is that when you find yourself in a storm of conflict, you don’t have to fight all the battles yourself.

You can indeed seek refuge in God. He may not put you to sleep for 200 years, but He will be a safe hiding place for your soul.

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8 Churches Corner - Llantrisant Men’s Prayer Group We meet once a month to have a chat about life and to pray together. This group is open to any men to join us and you are very welcome. We will meet again on Thursday 25th of July at 7.30p.m. (Venue to be decided) Silent Prayer and Compline The next Silent Prayer and Compline will be on Thursday the 18h of July at 7.30p.m. in Llantrisant Church P.C.C. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Partners in Prayer Will meet again on Thursday the 11th of July at 7.30p.m. in Llantrisant Church. (Please note the change of date)

9 Llantrisant Parish Support Group This group is for those living with Dementia and their Carers. (Carers are very welcome to come on their own if they need some time out and have understanding friends to talk to.) We meet from 11.00a.m. to 2.30p.m. in Llantrisant Church Hall, Swan Street, Llantrisant. Next dates are: 3rd and 17th July 8th and 21st August 4th and 18th September 2nd and 16th October 6th and 20th November 4th and 18th December 1st and 8th January 2020 5th and 19th February 2020 4th and 18th of March 1st and 15th of April And then on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month Refreshments are always provided but please bring your own packed lunch if you intend staying for the whole session (New volunteer/ helpers always welcome – please ring Viv (The Vicar) on 223356 or email vivparkinson@parishofllantrisant.org.uk

10 Memorial Service Many of you will have fond memories of Richard David who was a long time member of Llantrisant Church and attended our evening service in Llantrisant on most Sunday evenings. Several years ago his health deteriorated and that meant that he had to move to be closer to his family in Reading. Sadly Richard died at the end of February. We will be holding a memorial service in Llantrisant Church to celebrate Richard’s life. This will take place on Friday the 23rd of August at 3.00p.m. That service is open to anyone to join us. Come and help us give thanks for the life of a lovely man of faith.

Apologies It was my intention to put a form of skills audit in this issue of the magazine. Unfortunately I’ve not had the time to complete it so it will now appear in the August / September magazine. Please do be thinking and praying about how you can offer your gifts and skills in God’s service during the Vacancy when I have retired, at the end of October.

Many thanks Viv It was 65 years ago, on 5th July 1954 that the BBC launched the first daily TV news programme in the UK .

11 We meet at 7.30pm and the next visit is on Wednesday July 24th 2019 St David’s, Miskin Parish Communion There will be another next mid week Parish Communion on Tuesday the 30th of July at 10.00a.m. in St Michael’s, Beddau St David’s, Miskin Bi-Lingual Communion Service The next Bi-lingual Communion Service will be held at St David’s Church, Miskin on Sunday 28th July at 6.00p.m. Croeso i bawb

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14 Magazine Deadline The deadline for the August / September magazine will be Friday 19th July 2019 Thank you Some More Good News I often write and ask you to pray for persecuted Christians across the world. That persecution is a problem in many parts of China but this prayer of Sunday 16th of June gave real hope and is an answer to prayer in itself... We praise you heavenly Father, for the wonderful growth of the church in China. We thank you, that in many parts of that vast country, Christians are given considerable freedom by the communist authorities.

We bless you for the Christ like lives of our Chinese brothers and sisters which have brought the church favour, especially for their care of the poor and needy in society. We rejoice in the paradox that the Chinese authorities welcome Christian theology as a bulwark against extreme sects. We ask that you will continue to nurture and nourish Chinese followers of Christ, in whose name we pray.

This made me recall where Jesus is presented with a coin with Caesar’s head on it and he tells people, ’render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto the God which are the things of God.’ He was telling his questioners to be good citizens so that people would have no complaint against them and would actually see them as an asset. That’s exactly what’s been happening in parts of China. The Chinese Christians are seen as an asset to their society because of the way that they live, in line with the way Jesus lived.

15 Holy Baptism/ Thanksgiving 19thHiro Frankie Howells, son of Andrew and Samantha.

Christian Burial/Cremation 9th – Fred Bryant aged 83 formerly of Llantrisant 22nd - Brenda John of Llantrisant Holy Matrimony 3rd – Adam Cavender and Kim Hughes. 3rd – Patrick Chichester and Paula Haley. 4th – Barry Ravwerda and Kathryn Thomas 18th – Gavin Engelhardt and Jessica Philpott 26th – Daniel sparrow and Victoria Hibbert 31st – Matthew Foster and Michelle Morgan Please do pray for the families of all who have died recently that they may be comforted by our Lord. Also please pray for those recently Baptised that they may be brought up in the Christian faith and come to know the Lord Jesus for themselves.

From the Parish Registers May 2019 Britain is Sobering up We are drinking less alcohol. In fact, one in four adults in the UK does not drink at all. That is the finding of a recent study by the Lancet. The trend is noticeable among millennials, with baby-boomers far more likely to drink alcohol – and consume it at higher levels.

16 Please Pray For: Alex Morgan, Peggy Utting, Phillip Williams, Pat Parkinson, Margaret Hocking, Stan David, Ron Havard, , Susan Saunders and Lindsay, Beverley Duddridge, Peter James, Phyllis Williams, Noel Jothan and Barry, Chris Clark, Linda Rigby, Kitty Evans and Betty France, Viv’s Aunty who was 99 on Saturday the 23rd of June but was admitted to hospital. We also pray for those living with dementia and their carers. Please remember in your prayers : Please remember in your prayers the families of all who have recently died including: Betty Pope, Gwynne Ferris, Trevor Evans, David Phillips, Keighley Old, John Aston, Yvonne Kokkinos, Lorna Margetson, Leonard inker, Rowena Ollis, Tony Willis, Clive Burr, Gwen Payne, Dot Willan, Pam Harman, Anthony Maitland, Leighton Holcombe, Carole Powell, Roy Bennett and Ceri Roberts.

What’s On? If you are in charge of a group within the Parish, or are organising an event in the Parish, there is an EASY way to make sure that everybody knows about it. If you send and email to whatson@parishofLlantrisant.org.uk it will be seen by:  The newsletter editor,  The website calendar updater  The parish secretary,  The clergy And will therefore end up on the website, newsletter and on the radar of the secretary and clergy. Let us know ‘what is on’ - send an email to : whatson@parishofLlantrisant.org.uk

17 Our Friends Across the Pond July 4th is a special day in the USA and has been for 343 years.

It is Independence Day, when they celebrate the Second Continental Council which declared the 13 American colonies were free of English rule. They were later joined by others, eventually forming the nation we now know as the ‘United States of America.’ In those 343 years America has changed, of course, from a vast land sparsely inhabited, entirely dependent on agriculture for survival, to becoming the richest, most powerful nation in the world. Its economic enterprise and cultural dominance are universally recognised. The Americans kept the English language of their colonial founders and have used it to dominate the world-wide film industry, popular music and theatre.

Perhaps because of this British people tend to be ambivalent about the USA. Yes, they have been our closest allies, and comrades in arms in two world wars. But in that ‘special’ relationship there is often a touch of envy. We may sing ‘Britannia Rules the waves’ but it is actually America that calls the tune. Perhaps on their national day we can be grateful for all the good and generous things that have come to us from the USA – the Marshall Plan that helped to rebuild Europe after World War II and all the pleasure we have had from great American films, singers and drama. Let’s recognise too how warm and positive individual Americans tend to be.

Of course, we shall disagree with them from time to time, as friends often do. But in so many ways we need each other, especially when times are difficult ‘God bless America!’

18 MAGAZINE ADVERTISING We have space for new adverts in our parish magazine. We print 10 editions a year that are distributed by our members in Llantrisant, Miskin and Beddau. Magazines are also placed in doctors and dentist surgeries, libraries etc. It will also be placed on our website. If you are a local business or you know of any local trades people who would like to place an advert in our magazine, please email magazine@parishofllantrisant.org.uk Costs are: Quarter page £20 Half page £30 Full page £60 MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR CURRENT ADVERTISERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Shirley Evans Tel 01443 226006 Change of Date! The next ‘Click and Chatter’ meeting has had to be rescheduled to Friday July 19th at 2.p.m.in Llantrisant Church Hall.

This is a "one off" change and we will continue afterwards to meet on the second Friday of the month. Thank you Anne Howells.

19 Parish Church Hall Diary July Weds 3rd 11.00am Dementia Support 6.30pm Swan Street Stitchers Thurs 4th 6.00pm Brownies Tues 9th 7.30pm PCC Meeting Weds 10th 6.30pm Swan Street Stitchers Thurs 11th 6.00pm Brownies Fri 12th and Sat 13th Pop up Cinema in aid of Llantrisant Guild Hall Weds 17th 11.00am Dementia Support 6.30pm Swan Street Stitchers Thurs 18th 6.00pm Brownies Fri 19th 2.00pm Click & Chatter Knitting Group Tues 23rd 7.30pm Christmas Tree Festival Meeting Weds 24th 1.30pm Mother’s Union 6:30pm Swan Street Stitchers Thurs 25th 6.00pm Brownies August Weds 7th 11.00am Dementia Support.

PARISH HALL BOOKINGS The hall is available for hire for occasions such as parties, Christenings, Weddings, meetings etc.

The cost is £10.50 per hour plus an additional £10.50 if use of the kitchen is required. All enquiries to Megan using hall@parishofllantrisant.org.uk MANY THANKS

20 Blessed I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, 'This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received. I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section. The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed. "How is it that there is no work going on here? I asked." "So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments." "How does one acknowledge God's blessings? "I asked. "Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord." "What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy, and if you own a computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."

21 "If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day." "If you have never experienced the fear of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 700 million people in the world." "If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world." "If your parents are still alive and still married... you are very rare." "If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair .

Ok," I said. "What now? How can I start?" The Angel said, "If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all." Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this on to remind everyone else how blessed we all are . . Author unknown. Submitted by Annette Quick

22 A Word for today ‘He gives grace to the humble.’ 1 Peter 5:5 There are two kinds of humility mentioned in the scriptures: 1. False humility. Paul writes, ’Do not let anyone who delights in false humility disqualify you.’ Colossians 2:18. Whether it’s in your manner of dress, your speech, or your behaviour, anything that draws attention to you and away from Christ is displeasing to God. 2. True humility. Truly humble people don’t take offence easily or fight back; they turn the other cheek and yet their humility is not cowardice, for true humility requires courage. It makes you willing to take a lower place than you deserve, to keep quiet about your merits, and bear slights, insults and false accusations for the sake of a higher purpose.

True humility doesn’t make you think less of yourself, it just makes you think of yourself less. Peter addressed the subject in these words: ‘ God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty power of god, and at the right time he will lift you up in honour.’ (1 Peter 5:5-6) The story’s told of a guy who entered a contest to see who was most humble. When he won he was given a badge of merit – but when he wore it he was disqualified! Seriously, pride disqualifies you from enjoying the favour of God. That’s why you need to remind yourself regularly: ‘Everything I am, I owe to God; Everything I have, came from God.

To him be all glory.’

24 Vicarage House Group The next House Group Meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 7.30pm Dear Father Dear Father our Lord in heaven above Pray help us reach out in thy purest love Teach us thy will of patience and kind Care and compassion no matter the find Teach us forgiveness for wrongs we've received Understanding and hope for those that may grieve May thy light shine upon us in glory and love That we may find Beauty in all that's above Trust in the knowing that you'll always be there No matter our problems you ask us to share We praise thee and love thee and live in thy light In sadness and sorrows that come in the night We Love thee Dear Father thy spirit of peace For the suffering and sinners we ask thy release We hold thee and praise thee from deep in our hearts Always feeling thy presence that shall never apart Annette Quick

25 FOR YOUR DIARY Dates for your diary July Mon 1st 6.45pm To Ponder Tues 2nd 7.30pm Vicarage House Group Sat 6th 10.00am - 1.00pm Llantrisant Church open Mon 8th 6.45pm To Ponder Thurs 11th 7.30pm Partners in Prayer in Llantrisant Church. Sun 14th 1.00pm Parish Picnic Bryngarw Park Mon 15th 6.45pm To Ponder Thurs 18th 7.30pm Silent Prayer and Compline Llantrisant Church Fri 19th End of Summer School Term Sat 20th 9.00am Men’s Breakfast 11.00am - 1.00pm Llantrisant Church open Mon 22nd 6.45pm To Ponder Weds 24th 7.30pm Rainbow of Hope Thurs 25th 7.30pm Men’s Prayer Group Venue to be Decided Mon 29th 6.45pm To Ponder Tues 30th 10.00am St Michael’s Beddau, Mid Week Parish Communion August Mon 5th 7.30pm Suzanne’s Licensing Aberkenfig Fri 23rd 3.00pm Memorial Service, Llantrisant Church Sat 24th Grand opening of the refurbished Guild Hall.

It was 100 years ago, on 20th July 1919 that Sir Edmund Hillary was born. This New Zealand mountaineer and Antarctic explorer, along with the Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, were the first two people to conquer Mount Everest. (Died 2008.)

26 ‘Beach Scene’ by Degas ‘Mindfulness’ seems to be the ‘in’ word at the moment. In a world where people are moving faster and faster, we are called to slow down, to attend to the present moment and enjoy it for its own sake, whatever the pressures of work and family around. For Christians it is a call to live a simple and sacramental life, and an invitation to attend to what is holy there in front of us: it might be a meal, the countryside, a piece of music, family and friends, a pet or a painting. They are all avenues for God’s refreshing grace to touch us. In this month of July we are probably planning our holidays.

It may be in this country or abroad. Sometimes a holiday can be a frenetic rush of journeying and queues, or it can be a ‘mindful’ time, when we can relax and allow the days to refresh and renew us. Degas has captured that sense of rest and enjoyment in his painting of 1870 which is in the National Gallery, London: ‘Beach Scene.’ He is famous for his studies of ballerinas and racehorses, but he was also fascinated by the advent of the snapshot camera. This painting is like a holiday photograph. We see a maid combing the hair of a young girl. Her hat and swimming costume are nearby, and we can see bathers in the distance where the shore meets the sea.

Families and a dog, yachts and a steamer: they are all captured in this moment. The sky looks misty but warm, and for those on the beach, it is

27 a time to lie and relax, to bathe and swim – to live simply, enjoying the sun above and the sand beneath. The ordinariness of a restful day calls us to be patient and enjoy the good gifts of God’s creation. Wherever we are on holiday this summer, I hope we find time to savour the delights of the world around, as we see young and old doing exactly that in this painting. Rev Michael Burgess For Peat’s Sake STOP! Are you a gardener? Then please consider this: the gardeners of Britain are continuing to use up the country’s endangered peat supplies, despite repeated warnings from environmentalists.

Now Plantlife, the campaign group, warns that commercial extraction of peat from our peat bogs can remove more than 500 years’ worth of peat growth in a single year. But despite alternatives being available for use as compost, British gardeners continue to buy peat. Sales are at three billion litres a year – and rising. As one environmentalist said: “In the fight against climate change, the peatlands of the British Isles are one of our greatest assets – we cannot underestimate their importance for carbon capture. In the UK they hold more carbon than forests. Governments across the UK need to act immediately to end the use of peat for horticulture and other commercial purposes.” Peat extraction in the UK is estimated to release a million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.

The National Trust has been peat-free for several years and the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens are 97 per cent peat-free.

28 St James the Least of All (second time around) The Rectory St. James the Least My dear Nephew Darren The estimate for re-hanging the bells in our church tower came as a great shock. The church council discussed fund-raising at length. Someone suggested selling part of the Rectory garden for building, another for getting 200 parishioners to loan £1,000 each, interest-free. Then Mrs Ffrench suggested holding a jumble sale. The jumble sale won – mainly because it was achievable without a great fight, and also gave everyone an opportunity to see what their neighbours think of as junk. Expensive articles were brought with an ostentatious show of modesty when everyone was sorting donations.

Genuine jumble, such as odd plates, old blankets and mysterious kitchen gadgets, were left at the church door in the dead of night.

On the day of the jumble sale, our helpers were ready behind wobbly tables stacked high with stuff. Had the tables collapsed, half the congregation would have been smothered. Little Miss Faversham was having a wonderful time flitting from table to table like a woolly bumble bee, kitting herself out for another year. When the doors opened and the customers poured in, I realised how the Italians must have felt when they saw Hannibal with his elephants pouring down the sides of the Alps. That is when the mettle of our ladies really showed. They were tremendous – haggling at great length over whether something worth £10 should go for 10p or 11p.

I noticed that those who are used to riding with hounds seem best able to control the crowds – even if they occasionally tended to regard the customers as the fox.

As it happened, the youth club were going pot-holing that day, so most of the teenagers bought complete sets of clothing for 10p which could then be discarded afterwards. But I wondered what their caving instructor would think of teenagers arriving dressed in dinner jackets and tweed skirts.

29 Two days of preparation yielded a battle that was over in less than an hour. We emerged bloodied but unbowed, with only scraps of jumble left. Then it was home for a bath and a strong restorative, in the knowledge that the first step to saving the bells has been taken.

Only another 2,500 jumble sales and we shall have reached our target. Indeed, the only jarring note of the day was to discover someone with a peculiar sense of humour had put a note on my car: “Sold – to be collected later”.

Your loving uncle, Eustace More of us are ‘going out’ to popular music. Hymns are on the decline at funerals. A recent survey by the Co-Op found that not a single one has made this year’s top 10 most popular pieces of music for funerals. It is the first time ever that no hymns have appeared on the list, which was last compiled in 2016. Then the list included ‘The Lord is My Shepherd,’ ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, and ‘Abide with Me’. This year the top three funeral songs are ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli, and ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Sarah Brightman and Eva Cassidy.

Other popular requests include ‘Supermarket Flowers’ by Ed Sheeran and ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn. It is thought that the results mirror the decline in religious funeral services.

30 READINGS FOR JULY 2019 Date Day Eucharist Evensong Sun 7th 3rd after Trinity Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-9, Galatians 6:1-16, Luke 10:1-11,16-20 Readings as Morning Communion Sun 14th 4th after Trinity Deuteronomy 30:9- 14, Psalm 25:1-10, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37. Psalm 77:1-12, Genesis 32: 9-30, Mark 7:1-23. Sun 21st 5th after Trinity Genesis 18:1-10(a), Psalm 15, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42. Psalm 81, Genesis 41:1-16, 25-37, 1 Corinthians 4:8-13. Sun 28th 6th after Trinity Genesis 18:20-32, Psalm 138, Colossians 2:6-19, Luke 11:1-13. Psalm 88:1-9, Genesis 42:1-25, 1 Corinthians 10:1-24 Pattern of Services for July Parish 7th 14th 21st 28th 9.00a.m.

Alt Lay Led 1984 Alt 11.00am All Age All Age All Age Family Comm Worship Comm Service 6.00p.m. 1984 Evening Evening No Service Prayer Prayer St David’s Family Lay Led 1984 Lay Led Service

31 Take a Break... Solutions to June’s puzzles Wordsearch: Crossword: Suduko Easy: Intermediate: How did you get on? Fancy another go? Grab a cup of tea / coffee and a couple of biscuits, settle down in a comfortable chair and take a few minutes out of your hectic schedule to get your brain cells firing...

32 Wordsearch (answers in August’s Magazine) St Swithun St. Swithun is the saint you can blame for rainy summers. It is said that if it rains on his special day, 15th July, it will then rain for 40 days after that. Swithun was Bishop of Winchester in the 9th century, and famous for his charitable gifts and for building churches.

When he was dying in 862, he asked to be buried in the cemetery of the Old Minster, just outside the west door. But on 15th July 971 Swithun was dug up and moved into the cathedral itself. That same day many people claimed miraculous cures, but the heavens opened. The unusually heavy rain that day, and for days following, was attributed to the power of St. Swithun. Swithun was moved again in 1093, into the new Winchester Cathedral.

Swithun saint blame rainy summers forty Bishop Winchester famous charitable building churches dying buried cemetary dug moved cathedral rain miraculous

33 Suduko Easy Grid Intermediate Grid Crossword Across: 1.‘I pray that out of his glorious — he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being’ (Ephesians 3:16) (6) 4.‘Saul’s father Kish and — father Ner were sons of Abiel’ (1 Samuel 14:51) (6) 7.‘Praise the Lord, O my ( Psalm 103:1) (4) 8. See 5 Down 9. Laws (1 Kings 11:33) (8) 13.‘Who of you by worrying can — a single hour to his life?’ (Luke 12:25) (3) 16.

Artistry (Exodus 31:5) (13) 17.‘Your young men will see visions, your — men will dream dreams’ (Acts 2:17) (3) 19. How David described his Lord (Psalm 19:14) (8) 24.‘If this city is built and its — restored, you will be left with nothing in Trans-Euphrates’ (Ezra 4:16) (5,3) 25.‘The holy Scriptures, which are able to make you — for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus’ (2 Timothy 3:15) (4) 26. Intended destination of arrows (Lamentations 3:12) (6) 27. Eve hit (anag.) (6) Down: 1.‘For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find — for your souls’ (Matthew 11:29) (4) 2. Where Peter was when he denied Christ three times (Luke 22:55) (9) 3.

Remarkable early 20th-century Indian evangelist, a convert from Hinduism, — Sundar Singh (5) 4.‘Now the king had put the officer on whose — leaned in charge of the gate’ (2 Kings 7:17) (3,2) 5. and 8. Across The Lover describes this facial feature of the Beloved thus: ‘Your — is like the tower of Lebanon looking towards ___’ (Song of Songs 7:4) (4,8) 6.‘Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled — your waist’ (Ephesians 6:14) (5) 10. Trout (anag.) (5) 11. Easily frightened (1 Thessalonians 5:14) (5) 12. The ability to perceive (Ecclesiastes 10:3) (5) 13. One of the clans descended from Benjamin (Numbers 26:38) (9) 14.“It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who — bread into the bowl with me”’ (Mark 14:20) (4) 15.

Resound (Zephaniah 2:14) (4) 18. Traditional seat of the Dalai Lama (5) 20. Precise (John 4:53) (5) 21. Build (Ezekiel 4:2) (5) 22. Beat harshly (Acts 22:25) (4) 23. Darius, who succeeded Belshazzar as king of the Babylonians, was one (Daniel 5:31) (4)

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36 Hi, I so need your help! The magazine is getting thinner and thinner. Viv contributes most of the articles that you find in here and the Autumn and his retirement are now not that far away! It has been quite a struggle this month to fill the 40 pages—I could have easily dropped 4 pages—which is so sad when not too many months ago this magazine was a regular 48– 56 pages thick. YOUR EDITOR NEEDS YOU!!!! Over this summer please could you think about some news / interesting local facts / funny stories / articles that you could send in to keep the magazine pages full, etc.

etc. And then keep them coming! Next month is a double magazine... Can we double the size?????

Plead over! I hope that July shines o us asJune has not and that all of youwho are off on holiday, or just relaxing at home, have a pleasant and safe time. Til next time Ceri :) Don’t forget, the Parish does more that send out a monthly magazine. We are on Facebook, have our own website: http://parishofllantrisant.org.uk/ and our weekly newsletter. Are you internet savvy? Do you belong to Facebook? Are you ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ of Llantrisant Parish Church? Get all the up to date information on this page on what is happening in the Parish, and of course all the latest photos!

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