Saturday 7 June and the following Lord’s day was a truly family affair, as members of Coedpoeth Evangelical Church joined with many friends from far and wide. They were gathering to give thanks and praise to God for his great faithfulness to them over six decades.
Coedpoeth, like so many villages and towns up and down our nation, bears the sad sight of many former churches and chapels once thriving, now turned into houses or flats. Worshippers at the Evangelical Church recognised the truth that, ‘It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not’.
The service of praise on the Saturday was led by current pastor Rev. Paul Ackerley, before a previous minister of the church, Rev. Neil Pfeiffer (Swansea Evangelical Reformed Church), preached from the account of Jonathan and his armour bearer (1 Samuel 14). He drew attention to the vibrant faith displayed in their assault on the Philistine garrison, and the fruit and the root of that faith.
The Lord’s day ministry saw David Pfeiffer preaching at both services; in the morning, looking at the church — its catholicity, unity and holiness — from Ephesians 2; and, in the evening, preaching the gospel, from the account of the Pharisee and the publican (Luke 18).
It was a particularly special occasion for all, with father and son being used of the Lord to bring his Word to his people. On both days, services were followed by a packed table, laden with a typically abundant Welsh spread. The centrepiece was a cake decorated with the text 1 Samuel 7:12: ‘Ebenezer, hitherto hath the Lord helped us’.
So, over the weekend, all were well fed, both spiritually and bodily, and truly thankful to the Lord for his faithful covenant blessings in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pic (l to r): Colin Jones (elder), Rev. Neil Pfeiffer, David Pfeiffer, Rev. Paul Ackerley