June is a busy month with lots happening at church, in the community and in the country! On 4th June the Church celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit in power, transforming the apostles from men and women in the background, afraid for their lives, to bold preachers, who were compelled to share their understanding of Jesus and the Good News he brings to all. They were able to tell from experience how Jesus had impacted their lives and they were able to witness to his death and resurrection. It was this message that would be taken to Greece and Rome and lives would be transformed. So amazing was this transformation that by 400 AD, this would be the religion of Rome. On Pentecost Sunday we are reminded that the Holy Spirit helps Christians in their daily lives, service and mission. We are not alone as we seek to discern God’s will and serve him with our gifts and talents.
On June 8th, we go to the polls and I invite you to pray for wisdom and discernment as we choose those who would lead the country in the next five years and negotiate the exit from the European Union. On 18th June, we celebrate Father’s Day. This can be a difficult day, if one has lost one’s dad, or did not have a good relationship or for what ever reason the relationship is broken. Whether this is a happy or sad day for you, most churches will refer to Father’s day in their services and appropriate prayers would be said. If you do not already attend a church, you would be very welcome!
I hope to see you at the village carnival on 24th June. I experienced this for the first time last year and was really impressed. It is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends, take part in activities and be part of the community. Finally on Sunday June 25th at 3.00pm Kings Langley Methodist Church will have its monthly Songs of Praise. Hymns are chosen by those attend with a reason of their choice (if they feel able to) and it is followed by tea and cakes. This event is growing from strength to strength and you would be very welcome.
Community is so very important and there is much that we can be grateful for here at Kings Langley. Please do partake in the church and community events if you are able to.
Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden
(Methodist Minister )
Christian Aid Prayers:
The Day of the African child
Friday 16 June is the Day of the African Child. Please pray for the thousands of children who were orphaned by the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2014-15. Give thanks for the role the faith community played to educate and inform, in order to prevent stigma and a return of the disease. Pray for the Christian Aid Team in Sierra Leone, and for the country manager, Jeanne Kamara. And pray for SABI, a four-year programme funded by UK aid and being delivered by a consortium of international and Sierra Leonean partners, led by Christian Aid.
Three in one, God, may your wisdom, love and peace be with the Christian Aid team and partners in Sierra Leone this week. Amen.
Christian Aid Week House to House: Final Totals
We are very pleased to announce that with the bulk of the envelopes now in the total is £4,857 compared with £4,622 last year, an increase of 5%. We collected 879 envelopes, and 56% of the money raised was gift aided. We are so grateful to everyone who helped with this throughout our churches. We give thanks to God for his blessing on this week and pray now for those who have the responsibility to decide how best to use it to support the poor in our world.
Read the April 2017 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2016 is available for download.