Our speaker on 10th April was the Rev. Keith Beardmore who brought a CD from Truro Cathedral of the choir accompanied by the BBC Wales Orchestra.  The tunes were not those usually played.  We heard five tracks:

Christ is our Cornerstone,

Love Divine All Loves Excelling,

Jesu, Lover of my Soul ,

Ave Maria and

We Three Kings of Orient Are.

Between each hymn Rev. Keith used readings from St. Mark’s Gospel, starting with the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, when a voice came from Heaven saying “You are my son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased”. Jesus was then tempted for forty days in the Wilderness, after which he called his disciples to follow him.  During his travels he healed many people and preached throughout the region using parables to illustrate his message.  When his actions were questioned by the Pharisees he said “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners”.  Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain where he was transfigured and a voice came saying “This is my son whom I love, listen to him”.

Throughout these readings Rev. Keith asked us to consider the relationship of Jesus with his heavenly father and his earthly family and the influences in our lives from family and others.  He also asked if we brought Jesus into our daily lives, what is the most important thing in our lives, actions speak louder than words, do we love our neighbours and strive to bring the teachings of Jesus into all our daily contacts.  We all enjoyed the music and the messages which are relevant in our lives and behaviour.

Our next meeting will be held at 2.30pm on the 8th May in the Church hall when our speaker will be Stuart Murray.  All are welcome, Dorothy Dyer.

St John's Church Maindee