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Waiting – King Saul

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The Reading:  1 Samuel 13:8-15

 He waited seven days … but …” (v. 8) RSV

King Saul’s patience ran out at the last moment.  He had been told by Samuel to wait seven days until he would return and perform the sacrifice.  But Saul panicked when his troops started to be restless and to desert.  He felt he could wait no longer but must take matters into his own hands.  On the seventh day he performed sacrifice himself.

This was breaking the law of God.  He was king in charge of the temporal affairs of his kingdom, but Samuel was the prophet and in charge of the spiritual affairs of the nation.  The king must not interfere with the religion of his people.

Samuel (who represented God) was horrified: “What have you done?” (v. 11).  Such impatience and inability to wait on God’s timing showed that Saul was not worthy to be king.  If he had waited he would have become strong, but he blew it.  Samuel told him, “But now your kingdom shall not continue;” (v.14).

Patience helps us grow up and grow strong.  Only the immature want the ‘waiting taken out of wanting’.  Children wantChristmas ‘now’, but life is not like that.

The only way that a narrow boat can continue up the full length of a canal is by passing through locks.  Each lock causes the forward progress of the boat to cease; yet the change of water level while it is in the lock is vital if the boat is to move forward again.  Our times of no progress and frustration are not wasted if we accept them with patience.

God wants us to trust him.  If he says he will do something, then even if he appears to be delayed, we must not try to solve the problem for him.  St Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slow about his promise … but the day of the Lord will come …” (2 Pet. 3:9-10).

Help me, O Lord, to wait on your timing, for my times are in your hands.  Amen. 

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1  What other disobedience did Saul commit?

    1 Samuel 15:1-21

2  Who else couldn’t wait?

Exodus 32:1-8

Remembrance Sunday

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 Today we remember those who have given their lives defending our nation. We honour their memory.

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them”

We support  The Royal British Legion, Go Commando, Help for Heroes and Combat Stress in the work they do supporting injured servicemen and women. We remember too, the troops on active service in combat zones. 40 Commando Royal Marines, based at Norton Fitzwarren, are currently in Afghanistan. The Rifles, who have a Regimental Chapel in our Church, have now been a part of the regular army for five years and in that time, they have lost 62 men killed in action.

Halo Hunting or Friar Gumbo Rides Again

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HALO HUNTING OR FRIAR GUMBO RIDES AGAIN – performances take place in church on Friday 16th November at 7.30pm and Saturday 17th at 3.00pm and 7.30pm.

This is co-written by John Lee and Brian Cresswell, starring the regular members of the “Gumbo Players” drawn from our church and our neighbouring churches and will be immense fun!

Tickets, £5 for adults and £3 for children/students, are available from the Bookstall.

Profits will be divided between the Organ Appeal and the Ronald Tickner Educational Trust.

Christmas & Easter Leaflets

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We are still looking for more volunteers to help deliver leaflets to people in the parish for Christmas and Easter to tell them about our special services.

There are several vacant areas covering between approximately 45 to 120 households each.

If you would like to volunteer or require further information, please contact Roy or Mary Sims on Taunton 282030.To all current volunteers, ‘a very big thank you.’

Mini Chocolates for TCT Christmas Event

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PLEASE COULD YOU DONATE bags of ‘fun size’ or mini chocolate bars for the Taunton Christians Together Christmas Town Centre Event?

Anna really needs donations in order to continue with the success of previous years in giving out 1,000 bookmarks with a Christian message and a chocolate bar.

Please place in the box at the front of the church. Thank you!

SHOE BOX APPEAL

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These are being collected 19th November.   If you do intend filling a box we have plenty of shoe boxes should you need one.  Donations in lieu of filled boxes are also welcome.

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Waiting – Patience

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The Reading:  Psalm 40:1-5 

I waited patiently for the Lord;” (v. 1) RSV

Patience is a virtue, so they say.  In fact, according to Paul, patience is the fourth fruit of the Spirit – “love, joy, peace, patience …” (Gal. 5:22).

In this Psalm David is praying for patience to endure a very sticky time in his life: “the desolate pit … the miry bog” (v.2).  We don’t know exactly what period of his life is being referred to, but we probably recognise in our own lives that feeling, that the more we struggle the deeper in we sink.  We can’t get a foothold to get on top of the situation.

David had several such periods, for instance, being hounded for years in the wilderness by jealous King Saul; or the affair with Bathsheba and the unexpected pregnancy followed by the ‘murder’ of her husband and then the death of the child; or the occasion when his son Absalom drove him out of Jerusalem and slept publicly with his concubines, followed by the untimely death of Absalom.

Sometimes David had to hold onto God in submissive patience.  He trusted that sometime, hopefully not too far away, God would ‘return’ and save the day.

And he did!  “He drew me up … and set my feet upon a rock.  He put a new song in my mouth …” (vv. 2-3). In other words his circumstances changed, Saul committed suicide and he became king, and Bathsheba produced a second child: Solomon!

Our trials are an opportunity to learn trust and patience.  The Spirit of God will teach us.   As we take our eyes off the frustrations and hardships and focus on God, and as we learn to rejoice in all circumstances, so we will find the time will pass far more quickly.

Father, sometimes your hand is heavy upon me; teach me to rejoice in all circumstances, trusting patiently in you.  Amen. 

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1  Who else was sinking and cried out for help?

    Matthew 14:28-33

2   Who sank in a bog and was later pulled out?

    Jeremiah 38:6, 11-13

Taunton Street Pastors

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Taunton Street Pastors are looking for new volunteers to undertake the next training course.

You too can be one of the next ….

  • 12  people to give
  • 12 days
  • 12 nights over a period of
  • 12 months

Training commences on Monday 14th January 2013 at 7pm. Training will be on a Monday evening and some Saturdays.

Contact Babs Winterson on 01823 275 485 or email   taunton@streetpastors.org.uk