WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
URC

MINISTER'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

THE WEB OF LIFE
In the autumn, as the nights get cooler, dew forms outside my window.  I love looking at the dew on a spider’s web as the sun lights up drops of water hanging like jewels from a gossamer thread.  The web is so intricate, so finely woven, so balanced.  It is a marvel of creation.

It reminds me that we are part of a single, wondrously complex web of life that is woven by God.   Each year from September 1 to October 4, the Christian family celebrates the good gift of creation.  This Season is now embraced by the world wide ecumenical community.  At this time we remember and acknowledge that we share one common home.

During the Season of Creation, we unite as one family in Christ, celebrating the bonds we share with each other and with “every living creature on earth”*. The Christian family celebrates the Season by spending time in prayer, considering ways to inhabit our common home more sustainably, and lifting our voices in the public sphere.

The rapid devastation of the web of life is, in itself, a tragic loss.  We contemplate this loss and pray that it ends.  We also pray for justice, as the most vulnerable among us suffer most deeply as the web of life begins to unravel.  Our faith calls us to respond to this crisis with urgency.  We were called to be stewards of Creation, and we have failed.  The younger generation are rising up and calling for the earth to be healed.  Let us join them and work together to protect the web of life which sustains us all.

*”I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature…on Earth.”  (Genesis 9:9-10)
The World Day of Prayer for Creation is September 1st.    A short prayer for that day comes from South Africa:
“Creator God, Your eternal power is seen in the whole web of life.  Your voice is heard in the beauty of Creation.  Rooted in Your love may we worship You and respect all Your creatures.  May we work together  to protect our common home, though Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

Joan

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Minister and Officers
Minister Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
Church Correspondence and
Synod Representative
M. Gibson
Worship Secretary H. Peacock
Readers Rota and Fabric J. Archibald
Hall Bookings and Flowers K. Macfarlane
Christian Aid Representatives TBC
Treasurer S. Black  
Organists D. Davison and
P. Toward


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Services and Meetings

Most Sundays
Service in Warkworth Church
10.30 a.m.


Please check the "Dates for your Diary" page for more information.


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Flower Rota

 

Date
Name
1st Sept 2019 Contribution Box
8th Sept 2019 B. Grogan
15th Sept 2019 A. Temperley
22nd Sept 2019 K. Burke
29th Sept 2019 Cluster Service
6th Oct 2019 H. Peacock
   

Do remember that our flowers continue to give pleasure to others after they are taken from the Communion Table. We receive most appreciative messages from those who are enjoying the flowers and appreciate being remembered.

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Dates for your diary
by
Date
Subject
Time
Sept 1st 2019 Service led by Mr. G. Scott 10:30
Sept. 8th 2019 Communion Service led by
Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
10:30
Sept. 15th 2019 Service led by David Simpson. Members of St James's have been
invited to join us.
10:30
Sept. 22nd 2019 Service led by
Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
19:30
Sept. 29th 2019 Mission Partnership Service at Rothbury 10:30
Oct. 6th 2019 Service led by Rev. John Durell 10:30
     
     
     
   

THE VALUE OF OLD AGE

Remember – old folks are worth a fortune – with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys and gas in their stomachs.

I have become a little older since I saw you last and changes have come into my life. I am quite a frivolous old girl!!! I am seeing five gentlemen each day.

As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed and then I go to see John. Next, it’s time for Mr Quaker who gives me my oats. They leave and Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day I am ready for bed with Johnny Walker.

What a life – and oh yes – I am flirting with Al Zymer. The vicar came the other day and said that at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter.  I told him, “Oh I do. No matter where I am, if I am in the kitchen or upstairs or in the basement, I ask myself – ‘Now what am I here after?’”

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Revd J. Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.