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Koinonias Kairoi (‘Fellowship Times’)

On the official website of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, one web-page presents photographs of some of the major events that have taken place in the world during the 60 years of her reign. Some images that stick in my mind are those of Edmund Hillary and Sardar Tenzing Norgay sharing their conquest of Mt. Everest, 29 May, 1953, a group photo of some boys marveling at a 50p coin, as if it had arrived from Mars, on Decimalization Day, 15 February, 1971, and the unforgettable image of a lone student standing before a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square during a student-led demonstration for democratic change in Beijing, China, 5 June, 1989; and then there was 9/11, of course, and the tsunamis.


In a world of accelerating change, the Queen has represented for many of us a source of much needed stability. But the tempo of change has been such that even her long pedigree and wise and pleasant reign cannot offset the threat that the waves of change have brought; and she is not getting any younger! This is in some contrast to how the psalmist (in Psalm 102:25-27) approaches God: ‘In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain, they will wear out like a garment. Like clothing You will change them and they will be discarded. But You remain the same and Your years will never end.’ In other words, God does not change (Malachi 3:6 and James 1:17). It is a source of great comfort to believers, in a world of great change, that God is unchanging, and that He is unchanging in His being, perfections, purposes and promises.
Through the prophet, Isaiah, God claims that there is no-one else like Him in this respect: ‘I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish my purpose’ … I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it’ (Isa. 46:9-11).
Herman Bavinck says that God’s unchangeableness is of the highest significance: it is the contrast between God as our Creator and us as creatures. We are changeable, constantly striving, ‘becoming’, seeking rest and satisfaction. And God alone, being pure, has no need or reason ‘to become’ something different from what He already is. It is for us, then, to find our rest in God, and ultimately in Him alone, which we do, of course, through faith in His only Son, our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Might we rejoice together this month in the relative stability we have enjoyed under the long reign of our present monarch; and might we rejoice all the more in the everlasting reign of our great God, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ!

Yours, in Him, Gareth




  • For Home Group details, please contact one of the elders, or if you wish to join the Welsh-speaking Group, Ioan Davies (01678 – 521086), or the Dolgellau Group, Alan Woodbridge (01341 – 423218).

  • For Coffee Morning information, please contact: Carolyn Perrin, 01678 – 540614, and Edith Roberts, 01678 – 520274.

DIARY / DYDDIADUR : JUNE / MEHEFIN 2012

PM = Prayer Meeting; BS = Bible Study; LBS = Ladies’ BS; YM = Youth Meeting

HG = Home Groups; CM = Coffee Morning; SS = Sunday School;

CE = Christianity Explained / Explored; Dol. = Dolgellau

(All meetings in Canolfan Bro Tegid, unless stated otherwise)


Fri 1 10.30 am CM (+ 4.30 pm YM)
Sun 3 10.30 am Morning Worship (+ SS)

Preacher: Gareth Williams + pm

Ioan Davies is in Craig fechan (10 am) +

Bryn Seion (2 pm)



5.50 pm Lord’s Supper

6.30 pm Evening Service

Tue 5 7.30 pm PM

Fri 8 10.30 am CM
Sun 10 10.30 am Morning Worship (+ SS)

Preacher: Gareth Williams + pm

Ioan Davies is in Cerrigydrudion, Cefnbrith + Cwmpenanner (am + pm)

6.30 pm Evening Service (PM, 6.00 pm)

As arranged: HG

Fri 15 10.30 am CM (+ 4.30 pm YM)
Sun 17 10.30 am Morning Worship (+ SS)

Preacher: Gareth Williams

Dave Wilmot is in Caergwrle (am)

6.30 pm Evening Service

Preacher: Dave Wilmot

Tue 19 7.30 pm PM

Thurs 21 10.00 am Ladies’ BS

7.15 pm Men’s Meeting (Bryn y groes)

Fri 22 10.30 am CM (+ 4.30 pm YM)


Sun 24 10.30 am Morning Worship (+ SS)

Preacher: James Cornford, Llangollen (am+pm)

Gareth Williams is in Llangollen (am+pm)

Ioan Davies is in Caersalem, C’narfon (am+pm)



6.30 pm Evening Service

As arranged: HG

Fri 29 10.30 am CM (+ 4.30 pm YM)
NB. Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 June, Ministers’ Conference, Bryn y groes
BALA EVANGELICAL CHURCH

EGLWYS EFENGYLAIDD Y BALA
JUNE LLYTHYR NEWYDDION
2012
NEWSLETTER MEHEFIN

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.’ (Hebrews 13:8)




Photo: Crib Goch from Snowdon Summit
‘Iesu Grist, ddoe a heddiw yr un, ac yn dragywydd.’ (Hebreaid 13:8)

Elders: Gareth Williams 01678 (Bala) 521527

David Wilmot 01678 520752


Website: www.balaevangelicalchurch.org


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