Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Matthew P. Harrington, presiding
offered prior, at 2:00 pm
The new Church year is in full swing, and some exciting things are happening at Eglwys y Cymry.
In September 2016, we welcomed our new minister, The Reverend Dr. Matthew P Harrington. Mr. Harrington is a long-time friend of the Church and takes over from the Reverend Dr. Philip Newell, who served our congregation for so many years.
The year began with a wonderful Homecoming Service on Sunday, September 11. We were joined at this service by the famous Welsh tenor, Rhys Meirion, who brought along a team for S4C to film an episode of Deuawdau Rhys Meirion (Rhys Meirion Duets). Rhys was joined by the incomparable Iris Williams for a rousing rendition of Calon Lan.
October saw a lovely service led by Dr. Harrington, followed by our annual Noson Lawen (roughly translated as “Happy Evening"). A full program of poetry, recitations, and music was organized by the indefatigable Don Farrow. Mr. Simon Owen-Williams kept the proceedings moving apace as master of ceremonies. It is these kinds of activities that enhance our congregational life. And Simon’s generous offer of teaching Welsh classes prior to each service is invaluable in keeping our language strong.
Of course, we now approach the holiday season. November 13, sees the annual Remembrance Sunday service. This is an important milestone in the Church year as it is a time to recall the work and sacrifice of those who served in our armed forces, helping to preserve and protect peace among the nations and liberty for all. Poppies will be available for those who wish to mark the day in the traditional way. The sermon for the day is entitled, “Greater Love.”
Our final service of 2016 will be the annual Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols on December 11. Join us to help ring in the celebration of the birth of the Saviour. After all, this is a very special time of the year, one where we recall that our God loves us so much that he sent his only Son to redeem us, to reconcile us to him and show us the way home. The service will feature the traditional Christmas hymns, anthems, and carols, as well as readings appropriate to the season. A special Te Bach / Christmas party and carol sing will follow in the common room. You are once again very welcome to bring along festive treats for the occasion.
Every new year brings with it feelings of anticipation, of resolve, of desires for new and better things for ourselves and those around us. The same holds true for church communities. Thus, our new year will bring some old favorites and new ones. January sees a visit from the New York Children’s Chorus, who are busy learning to sing in Welsh especially for our service. In February, we anticipate the annual performance of Under Milk Wood, led by the man who has become our de facto “chief entertainment officer.” Of course, March 12 marks our annual service in honor of Dewi Sant and April 9 brings the Cymanfa Ganu.
We also encourage those of you on Facebook to follow our church page and to also join the Welsh Meet Up in NYC group where many of our community post items of interest and arrange Welsh based group events. This allows us to come together a little more frequently and to learn a more about each other.
It is at this time of the year that we also seek your support of the work and mission of the Eglwys y Cymry. Our ministry spans more than half a century in New York providing a special witness for the Gospel to the Welsh people of New York. We join a long line of faithful Christians worshiping in this place, spreading the Gospel, offering comfort to strangers and newcomers, and speaking words of Christ’s peace. Without your support, this work cannot continue.
As a result, we ask that you join us in helping to keep the work of the Church going. Enclosed with this letter you will find the Yearly Pledge form. Your pledges allow us to continue our programs and events that help knit us together as a group and keep our unique heritage, culture and beautiful language strong. You will also have the opportunity to donate to the Poinsettia Fund to cover the costs of decorating the Sanctuary for our Christmas worship and to remember our loved ones. Please give as generously as you are able.
Thank you for your support, your friendship and your commitment to the Welsh Congregation in New York.
Pob bendith i chi gyd.
Caroline von Reitzenztsein
President of the Church Council
Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrington
Minister Eglwys y Cymru