“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Earlier this year I was approached by our local community Councillors; Gwyneira Clark, Wayne Tomlinson and Mayor Giles Davies about putting on a social gathering for the churches in Abersychan, to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.
This was an answer to prayer!
I have longed for greater unity between the churches in our Village and was looking for an excuse to get us together! Yes we are in different denominations but we all have the same Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Throughout history the church has sadly been split by various secondary issues, we too often let politics get in the way of worship and sadly we divide into factions just like those of the world do.
What a witness it would be to the world if they could see “Christians” work together in the common ground of a shared love for Jesus.
This was not just my prayer, but the prayer of Jesus Himself.
“I pray ……. that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23
After brief introductions and prayer we shared some wonderful buffet food (all courtesy of Gabby’s Diner). Then our brother Terry Jones read some of his Gospel poetry for us. He provided a great mixture of humour as well as thought provoking rhyme – all of which was beautifully Christ centered.
After dessert our sister Maureen from Trinity Methodist church lead us all in a “sing a long” with classic songs throughout the Queens reign, ending in Land of Hope and Glory, all on our feet with flag waving.
We finally came to the Birthday cake, where to our surprise; we welcomed the Queen and Duke who blew out the candles (I am pleased to report they were looking really well).
It was a great day had by all!
A big thanks to Gabby’s Diner for all the food (including the amazing cakes), the Councillors, Mayor and Mayoress, Rev Martin Freeman, all at Trinity Methodist, High Street Baptist and all the gang at Noddfa!
We continue to pray for the Queen and thank God for Her faithful service!
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” 1 Timothy 2:1-2