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Review: Psalms Vol 2 by Shane & Shane 

I was driving to work recently and a song came up on my Amazon playlist simply entitled 'Psalm 46'.  The lyrics were strong and powerful, lifted from the bible and interpreted wonderfully in song.  The song reminded me that God has promised to defend and deliver His people - that He actively fights for us if we have trusted in Jesus and belong to His family by faith.  Whatever situation I find myself in I can be confident that God is with me, leading me and that there is no better or safer place to be found but in Him.  As I finished my commute I read through the Psalm and some context around it...  

Slide4At the time of writing Judah was under siege by the Assyrian army.  Surrounded on every side by brutal enemies intent to kill, destroy and overtake Gods people.  There was nothing that the King or their armies could do in their own strength but they prayed to God and trusted Him (2 Kings 18-19).  God defended His people miraculously and, overnight, struck down the enormous 185,000 strong Assyrian army (2 Kings 19:35).  Imagine the terror, awe and wonder the next morning when God's people wake a scene of desolation and strewn carcasses that signified a seemingly impossible victory, freedom and deliverance by the hand of God.  In this context the words of Psalm 46 ring out...

Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.  He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.  He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire.  He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."  The Lord Almighty is with us; The God of Jacob is our fortress.

I have since immersed myself in the album Psalms Vol. 2 by Shane and Shane and have been encouraged, comforted and challenged by the songs of victory, songs of desperation, songs of deliverance, songs of repentance, songs of praise, songs of contentment, songs of wonder, of rest and reassurance in our Mighty God.  I have found myself committing to memory words from the Psalms and understanding them with a deeper connection.  I'd thoroughly recommend downloading or purchasing the album - especially as we spend a few weeks in Psalms together on Sunday mornings throughout the summer.  Why not take a look?

Steve Smith

Steve Smith, 09/08/2019
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Planning your Visit

New to Church? New to the area?

We are a growing family of Christians, committed to sharing the good news about Jesus, loving one another and loving our community in Pontprennau/Pentwyn, and beyond.

We'd love you to come and visit us for one of our Sunday meetings. Here are some answers to common questions, to help you know what to expect when you visit:

   

Where & when do you meet?

We meet every Sunday at 10am for our Sunday meeting in Pontprennau Primary School. If you are planning to visit for the first time you are welcome to send us a note to office@bridgechurchcardiff.org so that we can guarantee you a space and give you a warm welcome.  It helps to get there 15 minutes early to get a parking spot and find your seat in time for the meeting to start. Parking spaces are limited so please park considerately. We meet at:

Pontprennau Primary School

Heol Pontprennau

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CF23 8LL

  

What can I expect on a Sunday?

Our meetings are currently being managed in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidance.  As a result some of the activities listed below are restricted or look slightly different.  However, we can  assure you or a warm welcome and an informal, family feel despite the restrictions that may be in place when you visit.

You will be welcomed at the door, where we can answer any questions you might have and direct you to where you need to go. The service will last about 60 minutes and will 
include Bible reading, prayer and a sermon during which the Bible reading is explained. 

Tea and coffee are served after the service - there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions. Click here for more information.   

What happens to the kids?

We have a programme for Children and Young People during the morning service. Children will leave the main service  when announced by the service leader. 

Creche (up to 3 years). Led by our Crèche team, the youngest in our congregation enjoy a time of Bible stories, singing, craft and play.

Sunday School (reception to Year 6). Our Sunday School team lead the children as they learn about God from the Bible through videos, activities, games, and craft. 

Youth (years 7-13). Our young people stay in the service and meet afterwards to discuss and apply the sermon together with one of the youth leaders.

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Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes. 

Will I have to join in?

Not at all! You are very welcome to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.   

I have more questions, how can I ask them?

Please feel free to contact us, or speak to one of the leaders or welcome team on a Sunday morning.