By -, Aug 3 2018 01:23PM

This week has been a physically tough week. We’ve been thinning a small woodland for a few weeks now reviving an old woodland that once was managed, but is in need of replanting and reviving in some areas. We have been removing the Ash trees, but leaving the Oaks. This takes precision in how you fell the tree so it falls where you want it to and doesn’t damage the trees you want to leave.


Why am I telling you about my week in the woods? Here's why:

Not only do you need to fell the tree, you also need to cut it to the correct length so that it can be lifted by way of a tractor-mounted crane onto a forestry trailer. And in order to keep the tractor driver happy, you move all the logs into reasonably convenient stacks, so he doesn’t have to play hide and go seek for every log that’s been cut. This is where the “physically tough” bit comes into play. It’s tiring as it is, carrying the saw around, bending down to saw things, stepping around and over branches all over the place. But then, you have to lift, or at the very least pivot all the logs (that are reasonably movable) into a stack? There was one little reprieve in the middle of the week: My boss (tractor driver) saw me moving logs and told me that I don’t need to worry about the bigger logs (12” or greater) as they’re going to be too heavy and, as he put it, moving them would be a “recipe for a bad back if I ever heard one.” He said that the tractor can do all the hard work and save me for cutting trees down. But I still need to stack the smaller logs (under 12”) into neat stacks so they go onto the trailer tidily. After a week of this, I’m physically exhausted and sore. Jennie reminds me regularly that I have very few days left in this job.


I’m a lay Pioneer Minister. I’ll be going into training beginning in September, but I already feel that God has placed me where He wants me, but also when and how He wants me. When I walk into town, I see loads of needs. I also know there are needs we aren’t seeing, but are equally as important, sometimes far more important than the obvious needs. Sadly, many needs are going uncared for, at least not adequately. Things like homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and sexual abuse, family dysfunction and neglect, depression and anxiety in young people… I could go on and on. It is easy to see these things and begin to take them on as a personal burden.


But here’s the thing, we have a relationship with the Living God! He is BIG and He is more capable than we can even imagine. He has promised us that if we are attentive to the Lord, He will carry us through and will complete everything He has started in us.. You know, all those things I listed above, None of them are too hard for God to handle through us! He’s promised! He told me through His word!


If you’re coming to the end of a particularly rough week, take a minute to reflect on these verses and talk to God about them. Really question Him and tell Him why you agree or disagree with what His Word says!



Here are the verses:

2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV)

13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.


Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


Isaiah 40:30-31 (MSG)

27-31 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,

or, whine, Israel, saying,

“God has lost track of me.

He doesn’t care what happens to me”?

Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?

God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.

He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.

He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.

And he knows everything, inside and out.

He energizes those who get tired,

gives fresh strength to dropouts.

For even young people tire and drop out,

young folk in their prime stumble and fall.

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.

They spread their wings and soar like eagles,

They run and don’t get tired,

they walk and don’t lag behind.


Luke 1:37 (NKJV)

37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”


Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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Schools Work

Schools are still out for summer holidays this week! 4 more weeks to go! I’ll be squaring up some much needed paperwork and catching up with some emails that have gotten out of control!

But as the news in Selwood is still so fresh and new and is actually really important that you pray about it, I’m going to reiterate the news:

“We have some good news to share about work in Selwood Academy next year! Richard Kelley, a local pioneer ordinand (and good friend), and James Markham, Trinity’s new Children’s and Families worker (and also a good friend), have organised a 3-person chaplaincy role at the school! The three of us will be interchangeable in our approaches, however, we’ll each have our own focus between leading Assemblies, Pastoral care for Staff and Pastoral care for Students. The Chaplaincy project validates the work I’ve been doing over the last few years and broadens this work substantially. This is an incredible step forward in our ministry to young people in Frome!”


Please pray:

• For the new Chaplaincy project! Pray that God would equip all of us and give us distinct vision for the work God is putting us into.

• For the young people in the schools that God has opened the doors for us to minister in.

• That God would open the doors to the other schools and other various places for youth across town. Pray for detailed vision for the ministry God is going to do in this town!

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

This is another multi-event weekend for the Hope Frome Team! The HOPE Coffee Van team will be out on the streets of Frome in St John’s Forecourt on Friday Night from 10pm-2am, serving hot tea, coffee and Hot-Chocolate (with all the trimmings) to whoever stops by for a chat!


The HOPE OASIS will also be at the Frome Independent Market in the Market Square (near the loos in the middle of the Cheese and Grain Car Park). We’ll be serving cold water and a place to sit and relax during the market. We are also a “designated water refill point”! So come by and get your free refill!


Please pray:

• For God to move in us as we care for whoever He sends us.

• That we would be ready and faithful in sharing the Love of Jesus when the opportunities arise.

• That God would bless this time with changed lives and hearts transformed for Him!

As many of you now know, I’m leaving Tree Surgery in order to retrain in Lay Pioneer Ministry Leadership through CMS. I know this will be a challenging time as I’ve not been in education for a good number of years. I even had someone say to me “It sounds to me like you’ve got this all in your head. Why do you need to retrain?” I replied that it’s God equipping me even more for what He has in mind for me.

We WON’T be moving to the college in Oxford. We’ll stay in Frome, but I’ll travel up for classes one day a week, then I’ll return to pursue ministries locally.


Please pray:

• For provision for Jennie and I through this time.

• For clarity and peace of mind for what God needs me to do. As well as FRESH VISION!

• That others would be blessed and God would be Glorified in everything I do!

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Church Youth Work

SUNDAY CAFE is on SUMMER BREAK until the 9th of SEPTEMBER!

Please pray

• For the kids of Sunday cafe. Pray for more kids from more places! Pray for engaging kids who are curious and eager to really GET the Bible, to really know what it all means. Pray for the existing kids that they would continue in the things we’ve been doing thus far and that God would meet with them this summer and really connect with them in a personal way.

• For the leaders of Sunday Cafe. Pray for bigger vision for the ministry that God wants us to do in this place! Also pray for rest and recovery for everyone involved!


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Bryce Tangvald

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Youth Leader

- Holy Trinity Church in Frome (Sunday Café Youth Group)

- Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)

Contact me at:

- bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

- 07730-589-559

Read my blog at:

- http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com

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John 20:31

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By -, Jul 27 2018 08:55AM

My wife is awesome! She's clever in so many ways! She's a self-taught graphic artist and often designs things for church events and groups. If she has an idea in mind for what she thinks something should look like, she'll find a way to make it happen. I kinda like her a lot!


A little while back, Jennie's dad handed her a very old photo that had been substantially sun bleached. It was of some family members, most of whom were identifiable, some of them we couldn't. It was just too damaged. He asked her if she could try her hand at reviving this photo, to bring it back to something recognisable. It took a few head scratching moments, but she did it! Somehow, she managed to give it definition, colour and life where there was none! It wasn't perfect, but it did look loads better.


How is this important? The population of the entire world is damaged. We've been diluted from the very good creations we were originally created to be to the point that the goodness is no longer visible. All the “good” that we attempt to “conjure” is a poor imitation of the intended design, no matter how hard we try. We no longer reflect the image of our Creator to one another. This has got to change!


The point is this, God is restoring the whole world back to the way it’s supposed to be. We are part of that restoration project. THIS is our role here!! We can't afford to live as part-time Christians, showing and telling others of God’s Love only when we feel like it, when it won't inconvenience someone, when it's not embarrassing or uncomfortable, or only when we're in the “right” place like at church or somewhere “safe”. This isn't right. This isn't what commitment looks like.


If we made a commitment to Christ, we've invited Him to TAKE OVER our lives, not just to take a small part of it. We now reflect God to the world! In our day to day activities, we must allow the Father to manifest Himself from every part of our being! If Jesus is the light of all humankind, and we are full of that Light because He is in us as we are in Him, we can't help but shine that light everywhere we go! There should be no need to wear a distinctifying uniform or a cross necklace to show others that you're a Christian. It should be obvious and part of who you are!!


Here's the thing, when Jesus was with us, He told us that WE are the salt that adds flavour to the world, that we are the light of the world! He said that if anyone lives in Him, they are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come! We are the colour being returned to the bleached portrait of humanity! It is Christ, through us, who is the Hope of Glory!


I’m writing this to myself as much as anyone else… God is SO REAL! I’m starting to get that, I think.


God Is Awesome! He's clever in so many ways! He's a self-inspired Creative Artist and creates and restores things for and through His Son and to glorify His Name! If He has an idea in mind, He speaks it and that thought is compelled into existence! I’m totally in love with Him! He is restoring the Image in us that humanity was created for! We LIVE to manifest His Love!


Colossians 1:15-23

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.


21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

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Schools Work


This week, SCHOOLS ARE OUT! If you haven’t noticed, I’ve decided to keep writing and asking you to pray for some things that we need God to move on.

We have some good news to share about work in Selwood Academy next year! Richard Kelley, a local pioneer ordinand (and good friend), and James Markham, Trinity’s new Children’s and Families worker (and also a good friend), have organised a 3-person chaplaincy role at the school! The three of us will be interchangeable in our approaches, however, we’ll each have our own focus between leading Assemblies, Pastoral care for Staff and Pastoral care for Students. The Chaplaincy project validates the work I’ve been doing over the last few years and broadens this work substantially. This is an incredible step forward in our ministry to young people in Frome!


Please pray:

• For the new Chaplaincy project! Pray that God would equip all of us and give us distinct vision for the work God is putting us into.

• For the young people in the schools that God has opened the doors for us to minister in.

• That God would open the doors to the other schools and other various places for youth across town. Pray for detailed vision for the ministry God is going to do in this town!

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome



Nothing is on THIS week, but the Coffee van and Oasis at the Sunday Market will both be on NEXT week.


Hope Frome is growing in the ministry God is leading us into. While the mission of the HOPE Oasis at the Market and the efforts of the Friday night coffee van team are brilliant and effective, we’ve been invited to do more. We’ve had invitations to offer an Oasis-style rest station at other public events across town. While we’ve been using a gazebo tent for most of the daytime events, it would be good to have a decent, fully kitted out, fully operational van to make a nice atmosphere for visitors, day or night.

Please pray:

• For enough support to be offered for us to be able to invest in a new, bright and shiny van.

• That we would be faithful to the call God has on ALL of us, no matter what context we’re in.

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Church Youth Work


SUNDAY CAFE Youth Group is on SUMMER BREAK! We’ll be back in action on the 9th of September!


We have a small group of awesome, incredibly bright kids at the moment!

Pray that God would build a hunger for His kingdom in the hearts of these young people!

Pray that He’d send us a load of new kids (from one of the schools???) who need to know that God Loves them and is passionately pursuing them!

Pray for us leaders and that we would be able to relax and enjoy the break. As well, that we’d be inspired in our leadership, that we wouldn’t settle for the same-old, same-old, but that we’d know how to invest our time and energies in the right places.


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Pioneer Ministry


I may not have been approved for Ordination, but I’ve been affirmed, strongly, as a Pioneer. Whether or not God’s call on my life is affirmed or not, one thing is for certain, I am Called by my Father, God, to spread the Good News about His Kingdom. I have been planning on pursuing Local Mission and Pioneer Ministry full-time beginning in September, no matter what.

With that said, I was helped by several leaders in the church who campaigned for me to be supported through Pioneer Ministry Leadership training through CMS (Church Mission Society), in Oxford. This has been approved and I begin training in September!

This DOES NOT mean that I leave Frome or stop the things I’m currently involved in. I stay “in context”, meaning: in the same place I’m in now, but I travel one day a week to train, then spend some time studying, then put some efforts into developing a local mission project. I’ll do my best to let you know how it’s going!


I’m hoping to be able to continue writing these prayer requests and reflections, but there may be a gap once in a while.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME IN THIS!!! It’s entirely new territory for me, so I’m a little nervous and still working out what God wants me to be doing… Pray for wisdom, clarity, CONTINUED PROVISION and peace!

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Bryce Tangvald

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Youth Leader

- Holy Trinity Church in Frome (Sunday Café Youth Group)

- Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)

Contact me at:

- bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

- 07730-589-559

Read my blog at:

- http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com

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John 20:31

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By -, Jul 20 2018 09:26AM

I like comic book movies. I like them a lot! They give you a sense of the impossible becoming possible. I know a few of the story lines pretty well, but there are others I’ve never even heard of until they hit the cinema. Guardians of the Galaxy was one of these. Apparently it has a connection with the X-Men and Avengers… I am still working this connection out. Guardians features a series of unlikely heroes who, uh, guard.

One of the guardians is a sentient tree. It’s name is “Groot”. In the film this giant tree is voiced by Vin Diesel and the three words he says in the entire film is “I am Groot”. Sometimes it says this phrase with a slightly different inflection which communicates a different message to the recipients depending on the situation.


I have just been told that I am going to train in pioneer ministry leadership with the Church Mission Society this September. I’ll be doing “context based” training, which means I’ll be staying in the “context” of Frome at least during the duration of the training. The outcome of this is that I’ll be trained in ministry and will be (during and after training) considered a Lay Pioneer Minister (or missionary).


The thing is this, in interviews, I was approved as a pioneer, but not approved for ordained priesthood in the C of E. I KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that God has called me… has called US… to spread the Gospel of His Kingdom! I feel like I’ve been saying these things a lot lately, and other similar things. If all Groot can say is “I am Groot”, then all I feel I can say is “We are Called!” But we ALL desperately NEED to know what He’s calling us into! We need to know who HE says we are! There’s a substantial part of this that involves us listening for Him to speak, but at the same time, we already know what He says about us! We can read it in scripture.


We are chosen! We are forgiven! We are new! We are righteous! We are Heirs to His Kingdom! We are anointed to carry on the Royal Priesthood of Christ (ALL of us)! We are the salt and light in the world!


And finally, If this is the one thing I say to you like a broken record...



If you do nothing else today, take 10 minutes to listen to this song, even if it’s style is not to your liking. Pray out the words to God as praise and recognition of everything He does for us!



“Who You Say I Am” ~ Hillsong Worship





Who am I that the highest King

Would welcome me?

I was lost but He brought me in

Oh His love for me

Oh His love for me


Who the Son sets free

Oh is free indeed

I’m a child of God

Yes I am


Free at last, He has ransomed me

His grace runs deep

While I was a slave to sin

Jesus died for me

Yes He died for me


Who the Son sets free

Oh is free indeed

I’m a child of God

Yes I am

In my Father’s house

There’s a place for me

I’m a child of God

Yes I am


I am chosen

Not forsaken

I am who You say I am

You are for me

Not against me

I am who You say I am

I am who You say I am


Who the Son sets free

Oh is free indeed

I’m a child of God

Yes I am

In my Father’s house

There’s a place for me

I’m a child of God

Yes I am



2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Schools Work

This week, I’ll be in Frome College. As it’s the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for summer holidays, it’s a short day, so it’s very unlikely that I’ll be able to meet with any of the young people I might normally meet with. That doesn’t mean that God could use this as an opportunity to speak through me. Pray that I’d be present to God using me and that I would constantly be in a surrendered place to Him so that He can manifest through me. He is SO GOOD, isn’t He!

Please pray:

• For the young people, that God would protect and guide them.

o That they wouldn’t be so influenced by the pressures of life.

o That fear, anxiety and depression would be ultimately banished from their lives.

• For me, that I’d be faithful to do what God has sent me to do!

• For the Staff at Frome College

o That they would also be protected and guided through their holiday.

o That the pressures of their jobs and the particular changes at school wouldn’t intimidate them orlead them away from the privilege of teaching young people.


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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

This Friday night, the Hope Coffee Van will be in the St. John’s forecourt from 10pm-2am!

Please pray:

• For WISDOM, and a servant heart for all the volunteers.

• That God would send more people than usual.

o That those who visit would be actively asking about God.

o That several people would request prayer and give their lives to Jesus

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Church Youth Work

Sunday Cafe is on BREAK through the summer! The group will start up again on 9th September!

We’ll be taking this opportunity to relax, get rest, be inspired, listen to what God’s leading us to do, get ready for the September launch!

Please pray

• For the kids who regularly or irregularly come to SC.

o That they would seek God through the next 6 weeks and be actively pursuing truth!

o That they would start talking to their friends about God, and inviting them to SC to introduce their friends to Jesus (through us).

• For the leadership.

o That God would really mold and shape our hearts for these young people.

o That we would recognise the places where we haven’t yielded to God’s leadership in our lives and that we would give those places over to Him.

o That God would reveal Himself to us and through us as we actively pursue Him.

• For the other area Youth and Children’s workers.

o That they would know the hand of God on their ministries.

o That they would be directed in all the right ways to go, for where and how they lead in their ministries.

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Bryce Tangvald

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Youth Leader

- Holy Trinity Church in Frome (Sunday Café Youth Group)

- Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)

Contact me at:

- bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

- 07730-589-559

Read my blog at:

- http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com

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John 20:31

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By -, Jul 13 2018 10:00AM

I love good old films. By old, I don’t mean black & white, silent, or classic films. I mean films that’ve, yes, may have been around a while, but much MUCH more importantly, they played a part in my life. Whether it’s “The Fox & the Hound”, being the first film I watched in the cinema, or “Jungle Book”, being a film I must’ve watched well into the hundreds of times over the course of my childhood. What about “Lord of The Rings”, which I saw with my wife on our first date (that wasn’t actually a date).

What inspired me today? I just finished watching “Pete’s Dragon”, the 2016 remake of the 1977 Disney film of the same title. It doesn’t have the same nuanced humour or quirks of the original, but it’s incredibly sweet. Worth watching!


Taking the nostalgia theme a step further, the modern “Pete’s Dragon” was set in a mountainous, densely forested landscape, VERY similar to my childhood home and the place where we moved from. I see snowy mountains and tall forests and I get wistful and part of me really misses these things. If I could stay where I am, pursuing God’s calling in this place where He has put me, and at the same time be in that landscape, I’d be in heaven!


I’ve never been to Jerusalem, or any of Israel for that matter, but I know that it symbolizes something intensely beautiful. It symbolizes God’s provision for His people, His protection, His love. The Jewish people still hold to these memories as something solid that they can look to for reassurance. A while back, I heard a song by a Jewish American named Matisyahu who converted to Hasidic Judaism. The song is called “Jerusalem”.



[Matisyahu, “Jerusalem”] (youtube song link)

(a selection from the lyrics)

In the ancient days, we will return with no delay

Picking up the bounty and the spoils on our way

We've been traveling from state to state

And them don't understand what they say

Three thousand years with no place to be

They want me to give up my milk and honey

Don't you see, it's not about the land or the sea

Not the country but the dwelling of his majesty


Jerusalem, if I forget you

Fire not gonna come from me tongue

Jerusalem, if I forget you

Let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do


I love this! The first time I heard this song and really listened to the lyrics, I cried! I could hear the emotion connected to the words. Throughout the song, it speaks of the hope for Jerusalem, the memory of the brilliance of what that place symbolizes. It also speaks of the horrible things which the jewish people have endured, especially in the 20th century and how the City of Jerusalem is the beacon of the promise God gave to Moses, the land flowing with Milk & Honey, in the face of chronic adversity.


When we look back at our lives, where do we see God’s hand present? Is He aloof? Does it seem that He’s sleeping? Are the stories of the Bible speaking of something that happened back then, but not now, because if they happened now, the world would be a different place, a perfect place? Do we choose to give our lives to God in order to go to Heaven when we die? Or is there more to it than that?



What if God has been there ALL ALONG? When we look back to see where God has been active, we realise that each and every day is a gift from God. We see creation with different eyes as we begin to realise that EVERY. SINGLE. THING. that humans see, feel, taste, smell, touch or perceive in any way, is itself a miracle. Without Him, nothing was made that has been made (to borrow from scripture)!


“What about all the bad stuff? The suffering and pain that we inflict on eachother? What about the illnesses and disasters that nobody could control? Where is God in those places?” people often ask. I just read something from Isaiah that connects all these things:

Isaiah 25:1, 4, 6-9

1Lord, you are my God;

I will exalt you and praise your name,

for in perfect faithfulness

you have done wonderful things,

things planned long ago.

4You have been a refuge for the poor,

a refuge for the needy in their distress,

a shelter from the storm

and a shade from the heat.

6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare

a feast of rich food for all peoples,

a banquet of aged wine—

the best of meats and the finest of wines.

7 On this mountain he will destroy

the shroud that enfolds all peoples,

the sheet that covers all nations;

8 he will swallow up death forever.

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears

from all faces;

he will remove his people’s disgrace

from all the earth.

The Lord has spoken.

9 In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;

we trusted in him, and he saved us.

This is the Lord, we trusted in him;

let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”


There is SO much more to it. 5 Chapters in Isaiah (22-26) all speak to prophecies about Jerusalem and Judah/Israel, but in reading them, you hear the promises God gave to the people, and the reality of His presence and hand in their lives. Take a moment to read through these verses and look to see where God was active, where He is active and where He will be active.


Now that you’ve taken some time to reflect on these verses, take a moment to think through your life with the same introspection as the prophet Isaiah has for Jerusalem.

Where has God been active in your life or the lives of those around you?

Where is He active, at this immediate point in time.

Where will He do something? This can be a promised thing or just something hopeful.


Finally, I want to leave you with this verse that sums up the nostalgia theme nicely. Take a moment to think on these things and talk to God about them. It will be a blessing for you and will move you in the way He wants you to go!:

Isaiah 26:7-9

7 The path of the righteous is level;

you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.

8 Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,

we wait for you;

your name and renown

are the desire of our hearts.

9 My soul yearns for you in the night;

in the morning my spirit longs for you.

When your judgments come upon the earth,

the people of the world learn righteousness.

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Schools Work

This week, I’ll be in Frome College for the last time this school year!!! It seems this year has really flown by! I’ve seen a whole group of kids come through almost from the beginning of their time at FC, right through to graduation! What a privilege this has been!

With that said, I’m still looking to regather some of the young people who I know from Selwood Academy to reboot the CU. Those I’ve found are in a challenging place socially. I’m looking to help shape character traits so that they begin acting with more respect and regard for eachother than I’ve seen.

Please pray:

• For the kids, that they’d be receptive and appreciative of anything God has me do there.

• That the kids I mentor would be able to hear what God is speaking through our discussions.

• That those who need further help get help in full and are grateful.

• That God would open my eyes to the opportunities around me and use my lips.

• That I would continue to be a willing vessel of His love to those I meet.

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

Well! HOPE Frome had an intensely busy few days last weekend! We started with the normal friday night coffee van. Saturday, we helped the set up, collected rubbish, and cleaned up at the end. Then Sunday was the Children’s Festival! Loads of fun, but still fairly tiring all the same.

I look forward to the day when we have 5-10 people working FULL TIME for Hope Frome! Imagine all the people we could care for! Sounds like busy bliss to me!

Please pray:

• For Hope to continue to grow in profile and effect.

• That God would bless the volunteers and future volunteers with open eyes for what He’s calling them into!

• That we would see the community of Frome changing even more dramatically as God makes a stronghold here!

• That the people of His Kingdom would take every opportunity to build this Kingdom in the hearts of others.

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Church Youth Work

This week, SUNDAY CAFE is ON! For the LAST TIME this year! We’ve finished our series “Love Is…” at the park last week and are planning on having a social night this week. This is likely to include Icecream (but that may just be my wishful thinking!

Please pray

• For the few young people that God is sending to us week after week! That God would really speak into their hearts and lives. That He would make his home in their hearts and that they would really know His presence!

• For us as leaders. That we would be continuously grateful for what God is giving us in the gift of the time with these kids. Pray that we would be inspired, more and more, and that the things we’re inspired to do are all in direct line with what God wants us to do/say.

• For the future group of kids that God is sending us. That we would be a welcome space for them and that they would feel at home and comfortable in that place. That we would be good stewards of the time we may have with them. That they would leave blessed and committed to living for Jesus!


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Bryce Tangvald

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Youth Leader

- Holy Trinity Church in Frome (Sunday Café Youth Group)

- Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)

Contact me at:

- bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

- 07730-589-559

Read my blog at:

- http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com

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John 20:31

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By -, Jul 6 2018 08:58AM

I had an interesting week. I was asked to help another contractor to act as their “Site Warden” for the week (See “The Cold Warden” for an explanation). I had forgotten what it was like simply watching the dynamics of how people work together. It’s interesting how we often choose tasks that are less of a challenge, or are less tiring, or simply mean less work for us, even if it means more work for someone else somewhere down the line. I noticed that there were times when one person regularly carried out the lion’s share of the work while another person took that “free” time to look at their phone. At the end of the week, I saw this sort of thing going back and forth and both had done their time working and checking their phones. Interestingly, the one who used their phone the most was the boss (but he actually had a good excuse for needing to use his phone as it was for business purposes).


It’s hard to find a situation where we don’t do a little skiving to get out of work or even just limit the work we are expected to do. The easiest way is to choose to do things that, while they’re good in their own right, are non-starters if the other jobs aren’t taken care of first.


Take sandwich making for example. In order to make a sandwich, you at least need bread, so you need a baker to bake it. Before bread, you need flour, so you need a miller to grind it. Before flour you have raw grain, so you need a winnower to clean the grain. And finally, before the grain is winnowed, it needs to be harvested, so you need a harvester to cut the ripe grain. The one pulling in the harvest needs to be on the ball. And the one step preceding all this is that the grain needs to be planted and to grow into a full, healthy crop.


In my analogy, I’m not saying that we don’t need any one person in this chain of workers or that any one role is of more value than another, but I am asking what good would any of them be without the first link in the chain connecting them with the anchor point? What if God starts the planting process (see Mark 4), those who have yet to know of God’s love are the “grain”, the harvester is the one who shares the Message of God’s Love and Kingdom with the “grain”, the winnower and miller spend time building Truth and Understanding, discipling the “grain” into “flour”, the baker is the one who develops the grain from flour, helping them to grow and lifting them up (growing with yeast) into a life giving person (an edible product, like bread), who then feeds the world by the work that God started in us.


I have a bunch of things I pray about on a regular basis. I have heard that there are enough prayers written in the Bible to encompass the entirety of your prayer life! I love this idea and often read and re-read these prayer-scriptures loads of times whenever I find them. However, I come across one on a very regular basis to the point that I almost ignore it when I see it. But today it struck me pretty hard.


As a side note, while praying is talking with God the Father, don’t let intercession (asking God to move or act on behalf of another person or situation), or written prayers (praying from a daily prayer book or plan or a list of prayers) take the place of in-the-moment conversation. God is more interested in you as a person, in hearing from you as you are, and not just hearing requests, but also thanks, adoration and reflection. It’s amazing how readily God replies if you let Him!


Anyway, One of the “Biblical prayers” that I pray fairly often is from Matthew 9:35-38 and Luke 10:1-2.


Matthew 9:35-38 New International Version (NIV)

The Workers Are Few

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”


Luke 10:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.


So, you’ll notice a lot of similarity. In fact, it’s pretty much the same (in Matt 9:37-38 and Luke 10:2). But what are these verses trying to tell us? Here’s my take: We’re the workers.

My understanding of “Labor Day” was to allow time for EVERYONE to go to the fields and desperately assist with hauling in the harvest. What if this is as relevant now as it was 2000 years ago? Jesus was saying that the crop is RIPE for harvest and we need ALL HANDS ON DECK!

So, If you’re called to share the Gospel in an obvious way, like an evangelist, you need to be on your A-game. Don’t let up! If you feel called to teaching and discipleship, you will need to take every opportunity to share the Good News of the coming of God’s Kingdom, even if it seems foreign. If you feel that you are called to intercession, pastoral care and leadership, whatever you do, DON’T STOP sharing God’s Love with EVERYONE you meet!


God has been preparing you for this day since the moment that you met Him! It’s easy to find reasons not to help pulling in the harvest, but imagine how amazing it will be when the God is made KING in people’s lives!


1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Schools Work

This week, I’ll be in Selwood Academy! Next week begins the countdown from 10 days left till summer break begins! ALL of the kids (and teachers) are SO ready for summer and the hot weather we’re having isn’t helping matters one bit. Tomorrow is a social/transfer day at Selwood, so I’ll be going along to act as help where needed. (I’m told there’ll be loads of activities including a mobile CLIMBING WALL!!! So, I’m excited!)

It’s times like these that small conversations matter more than anything. And it’s times like these when you’re just shooting the breeze with someone, young or old or anywhere in between, that God chooses to prompt a particular discussion and you end up praying with the person! I don’t know what quality of discussion I’ll have with anyone tomorrow, but pray that I’m open to God moving in me and through everything I do, and that He is glorified above all else!

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

This weekend is a busy one for Hope Frome! Friday night from 10-1:30, the Hope Coffee Van will be at St. Johns forecourt. Saturday afternoon/evening from 5-end, Hope volunteers are helping set up the Frome Food Feast and collecting rubbish throughout the event in the Cheese & Grain Carpark. Then on Sunday afternoon from 12-6:30, the Hope OASIS will be set up to provide refreshment and relaxation space at the Frome Children’s Festival at Frome Victoria Park.

As I said in my comments about schools, these are all platform opportunities for God to use us and for us to step into our calling as followers in the footsteps of Christ! Pray that God would work through all that we do, prompting conversations and opening our eyes for opportunities to love and serve those in our community! Also pray for those who God is preparing! Pray that they would be eager to hear God’s truth in their hearts and be receptive to His love.

If you’ve missed the semi-monthly Live Lounge events at Costa, so have I. But at the same time, I feel we’re in a patience point for them. We’re going to leave Summer open and reassess doing another event in September, (nothing is set in stone, so don’t spread the word just yet). Please continue praying for the future of these opportunities. If they’re what God wants us to pursue, then we’ll continue them. If they’re a good thing, but not a God thing, we’ll stop doing them. Pray for wisdom and that God would be glorified in our plans and efforts!

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Church Youth Work

This week SUNDAY CAFE is ON!!!

It’s the second to last week before we take a summer break. Usually, this break would be our build up to Soul Survivor, but as we’ve not had any interest from young people this year, we’ve decided not to go for the first time in ages! Sad, but understandable. That said, if we have last minute requests, we’ll work something out.

This week we’ll be summarizing our “Love is…” series! We’ll be meeting at the VICARAGE on Orchard Street as there is an event at the church happening at the same time.

Please pray

• For God to work through the fun and discussions.

• That the hearts of the kids coming to SC would be prepared to hear from God and eager to know His truth.

• That the leaders would be inspired, ready and able to serve and care for the young people God sends us.

• That God would be Glorified in these evenings!


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Bryce Tangvald

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Youth Leader

- Holy Trinity Church in Frome (Sunday Café Youth Group)

- Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)

Contact me at:

- bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

- 07730-589-559

Read my blog at:

- http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com

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John 20:31

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