IMPORTANT: – SUSPENSION OF SERVICES AND MEETINGS:
Warmest greeting to all our members and friends. Greenfield chapel is closed for the foreseeable future but the work and mission of the church goes on. We are a family of faith and as a family our love and care for each other continues especially during these difficult times. May our hope be in the constant love of the Lord.
‘God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. ‘The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress’ (Psalm 46)
Please ensure that any information regarding our members and friends are passed on to me. My e mail address and telephone numbers are above. I will be in weekly contact by phone to all members and friends who are unwell and/or confined to their homes. The deacons and district officers will also be in contact with members in their districts. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the church officers should any pastoral need arise.
LATEST NEWS -5th JULY 2020:
Good to hear that Terry Pike is home from hospital. Terry is in good spirits under the watchful care of Cheryl – Our love and best wishes to Terry.
Congratulations to Nathaniel and Emily Ellum on the birth of a beautiful baby boy. A joyous event to lighted these days of lockdown. We wish them all the love and warmest congratulations we can give.
At 14:10, on the 1st of July 2020, Samuel James Ellum entered this world weighing 7lb 3oz. Both he and mum are doing well. Dad is an emotional wreck however!
Robert and Susan Tiplady celebrate their Golden wedding this month and we warmly congratulate them on this special anniversary. They were married in Bethel and I played the organ – now I am feeling old! Susan and Robert have given and continue to give untiring service to Bethel where Susan is a deacon of the church. Their children Mark, Lisa and Huw have set up ‘Just Giving’ page for donations to causes which both Bethel and Greenfield support. Those causes are: BMS World Mission, Christian Aid, Ty Bryngwyn Hospice, the Richard Taylor Foundation and our ‘Soup Station. We are grateful them for their thoughtfulness in celebrating this special anniversary in such a loving and caring way.
Thanks for the financial donations being made to the church from members and friends. The thoughtfulness and generosity of so many has been a great encouragement. Thanks also for the donations toward the postage costs for sending the Newsletter to those who do not have on line facilities. We send out Newsletters, DVDs and CDs this week which we hope are of help. Anyone who would like a DVD or DVD of the services please let me know.
Thanks to Darryl for his continued expertise when it comes to the recording and uploading of the services. It’s incredible to think that this week we recorded our 28th service from Greenfield. They are getting may views’ and for this we are grateful. We look forward to welcoming other Ministers and friends in the coming months including Rev Carys Awen Jones, Lisa Isaac, Steve Tucker, and Rev Alan Jones among them. Thanks also to Wendy for ensuring fresh flowers every week. If anyone would like to donate flowers Wendy would be delighted to hear from you. They can be given in memory or make an anniversary and we can include the memorial on the service introduction.
We have decided to suspend the ‘Zoom’ meeting for those new to the church and our young adults. I know that some are with us on Tuesday and Sunday evenings and it seemed one meeting too much at the moment. We may well begin again in the autumn with a ‘Discipleship Explored ‘on line course.
Although we cannot open the ‘Soup Station’ until restrictions are lifted it’s good to know that other local churches are providing a night service at Ty Gwyn Community church in Vauxhall. This is council sponsored at the moment with volunteers from the churches. As soon as we are able, we will open the ‘Soup Station ‘again every Wednesday evening.
Thanks for the donations to the local Foodbank which have been coming in in recent weeks. These have been passed on to the Myrtle House Foodbank.
Our Services this week are
Sunday 10am ‘Oedfa Cymraeg’ (Welsh Language service.)
Sermon translation notes are on the Facebook page and below.
11am Morning Worship. Rev David Jones
6pm Evening ‘Conference Call’ Service.
Tuesday 10.30am Morning Worship from Greenfield. Rev David Jones.
7pm Bible study and prayer: We continue our study of the Gospel of John.
This week John 9: 1 – 12,
WELSH SERVICE 10AM 5TH July. –
Some have asked for a translation of the main points of the sermon. Hope the following will be of help.
1 Corinthians 13: 13.
The summer season is especially popular for weddings and here at Greenfield as in other churches many couples have had to re-arrange their intending date of getting married. Some as far ahead as next years with others hoping that it won’t be too long before restrictions are lifted.
Our reading from 1 Corinthians 13 where Paul speaks of ‘Faith, Hope and Love’ is often read at weddings because in all marriages those three virtues are so very important. I don’t think, however, that Paul had marriage on his mind when he penned these words. He had already written about his concern for the life of the church at Corinth. Things had gone badly wrong in the life of the church. Paul had received reports of jealousy, divisiveness, failures to disciple and these were other delicate problems to deal with. His way to remedy was to speak directly yet honesty and fairly and Chapter 13 is like an oasis of refreshment and renewal.
Paul, of course, was a master of words and his eloquence was beyond doubt. – He had the authority to chastise and criticise, to judge others with words that would leave them reeling. He could also choose to speak like an angel with messages of warning and condemnation as well as being a herald of good news. He knew, however, that without love such words would be like a ‘sounding gong or a clanging symbol’ He chooses then the way of love – Did he remember, I wonder, the example of Jesus which he speaks of in Philippians 2? ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit’ but in humility consider other better than yourselves’ (Philippians 2: 3).
Faith is God’s gift to the church. We look to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. In Hebrews 11 the author speaks of the great heroes of faith who trusted God despite the circumstance in which they found themselves. Their experience, however, was incomplete as they had not seen the fulfilment of God’s Messiah as the Hebrew Christians had. Like them our faith is grounded in the incarnate love of God and by faith we enter into a relationship of grace, peace and forgiveness. We can often lose faith, in each other, often in the political system when promises made are not fulfilled, even in ourselves when we know we have hurt others or let ourselves down by actions we deeply regret. Peter confessed faith in Caesarea Phillip after having been witness to Jesus’ life and ministry. He had heard the words of eternal worth. He had witnessed the miraculous. He had failed so often and yet he came to a day when he was able to declare to Jesus ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’ Are you tired with the empty promises of the world?, do you often feel that you could have done better and feel such self-remorse? By faith in Jesus we can know the balm of forgiveness and restoration. Jesus will never disappoint or leave us – By faith we are redeemed and brought back to the Father’s pleasure. The reward of faith is the crown of life.
Paul’s hope was grounded in resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Through all his sufferings and times of trial Paul know he was on a journey home. From his experience on the Road to Damascus to the very end of his life Paul was sure of a hope that would one day be fulfilled in the very presence of God. It was the resurrected Christ who met with him on the road to Damascus. A hymn we often sing says ‘We have a hope that is steadfast and certain’ That’s a hope which is not a passing whim but a sure hope which has thrilled Christians since the days of Paul. Tortured and cast to the lions in the Ampetheatres of Rome the early Christian believers faced death singing their praises to God. Scapegoats for Nero’s burning of the Rome the ‘Appian Way’ was illuminated by Christians set alight in the cruellest and most barbaric way. To this very day Christians are suffering daily because of their faith. Recent reports from Nigeria brings news of almost daily massacres of Christians. In other parts of the world to confess Jesus Christ as Lord brings torture and death. Their hope that will never be extinguished because their eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!
Our second hymn today was written by William Williams Pantycelyn. It was not included in the ‘Llawlyfr Moliant’ of 1956 nor the latest ‘Caneuon Ffydd’. You have to go back to the Baptist hymn book of 1925 to read the word of ‘Rwyn’ ceisiocadw’ ngolwgarhyfrydwaed y groes’ (I keep my eyes lifted to the Cross’) William Probet was the choir master at Bethel and so moved by those words he composed a hymn tune and named it ‘Buddugoliaeth’ (Victory). Not really an appropriate title for words of a hymn that in the main speaks of the suffering and death of Jesus – very appropriate I’d say – Willie like all the saints through the ages knew that that Victory was coming. ‘Buddugoleaeth’ ‘Victory’ over Satan , death and the grave Jesus won for us that day on Calvary when Jesus died for the sins of the world. No wonder Paul declared ‘Death where is they sting grave where is your victory’ Thanks be to God who give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ’. The third day dawned Christ is alive – our living hope
The greatest of these is love. ‘He loved me’ Paul proclaimed – ‘the chief of sinners’ and from that perspective Paul wrote to the church at Corinth. Remember what Paul’s intention was in writing to the Corinthians? it was to remind them that they were the church, the redeemed of God, the body of Christ loved beyond their deserving that they might be ambassadors of that love – a community of faith, hope and love. The Corinthians were loved despite their rebelliousness and their failures.
The New Testament in its entirety embraces fully these three truths, Faith in the unchanging God of the Bible who invites to trust and believe even in the secularism and cynicism of the world. We have a hope grounded in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul would go on to expound the great truths of the resurrection and the Christian hope. The resurrection is central to the Christian faith and one day our hopes will be fulfilled when we shall be with Him. Do not lose this joyous hope even when you are tested and the trials and sadness of life come. What a glorious inheritance awaits the believer – all will be revealed to us when the trials of this life are over for by faith we will have believed in Jesus and trusted him fully for our salvation.
What assurance we have in the love that embraces us each and every day. George Matheson penned one of the most beautiful expressions of God’s love in his hymn ‘O love that will not let me go’ He had many trials, the loss of his sight at as young man, the loss of his bride to be. He trusted and believe in a love that ‘would not let him go’ ‘I trace the rainbow through the rain and know the promise is not vain the dawn shall tearless be’ Matheson proved that assurance in his life despite his great pain and suffering and so can we.
Believe then in the living hope of Christ and celebrate the love that God has for you. ‘Whosever’ believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Come in faith, know that living hope and be sure of that eternal love.