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Holy Week – Fickle Folk

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The Reading: Matthew 21:1-11

“… the crowds … shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’” (v.9) RSV

Oh, the fickleness of our friends or our admirers. How we long for people who will love us and stick by us. Jesus “knew what was in man” (John 2:25). He was not fooled or swayed by the praises of men and women. Of course he benefitted from the support of his disciples. Remember how in the Garden of Gethsemane he wanted them to watch in prayer with him. How it would have helped and strengthened him. Yet, he was not dependent on them. If all else failed he would find the strength he needed from his Father and from within himself.

So as he rode into Jerusalem he was not buoyed up by the crowd’s joyous praises and affirmations. Instead, as you can read in Luke’s account, he wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). Far from being puffed up with popularity; he knew how the crowds would turn on him, and how the powers (both secular and religious) in the capital would try to exterminate his ministry; that is why he wept. But he did not weep for himself and what he would suffer; he wept for those who through their fickleness were now cheering him but who would soon turn and reject the truth, the truth that could have set them free.

How distressing it is when those whom we love and pray for think that they are doing just fine, yet we know that all is not well. They are lost. It makes our heart grieve within us. We plead with God for them, we agonise on their behalf, we try to reason with them and warn, and yet all to no avail. Part of the agony of Holy Week or the ‘Via Dolorosa’ for Jesus was the pain and consequences that others would suffer through their rejection of him.

We are in good company when we feel this way. We have a high priest (Jesus – see Hebrews 4:14) who knows exactly why we weep. He intercedes with us and will strengthen us to carry on praying and loving those who as yet continue to reject.

Lord, keep me from cheering you one day and rejecting you the next. May I be faithful and true. May I support you and your cause through thick and thin. Amen.

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1 Ponder again Jesus’ knowledge of people.

John 2:23-25

2 See how quickly people can turn on you.

John 6:66 & Matthew 27:22-23

Archdeacon John Reed

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This Sunday 10th February, we welcome our Archdeacon – The Venerable John Reed. John will preach and preside at the 10.00am service and we are looking forward to his ministry. I have now worked alongside John for over seven years and he has been a considerable source of support and encouragement to Rita and I.

Ash Wednesday Service

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Don’t forget to come to the Ash Wednesday Service , this Wednesday at 7.30pm. The imposition of ashes will be offered to those who would like to receive this ministry.

This marks the beginning of Lent.

MU’s “Just a Bite”

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This week saw the beginning of the MU’s “Just a Bite” sessions and we were pleased to welcome so many people. We intend to run the group once a month on the first Wednesday at 2.00pm and a programme of speakers has been arranged. We would be delighted to see more folk come along.

Candlemas

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On Sunday 2nd February we celebtate Candlemas.

Candlemas is the remembrance of the time when Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth to complete Mary’s ritual purification after childbirth, and to perform the redemption of the firstborn, in obedience to the Law of Moses (Leviticus 12, Exodus 13:12-15, etc.). St.Luke says that Joseph and Mary take the option provided for poor people (those who could not afford a lamb) (Leviticus 12:8), sacrificing “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Leviticus 12:1-4 indicates that this event should take place forty days after birth for a male child, hence the Presentation is celebrated forty days after Christmas.

The pigs are coming!

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The pigs are coming to St. Mary Magdalene! The bronze pigs, were originally in the Town‘s pig market (Orchard Court). They have been restored and painted and they will be placed near the children’s corner to raise money for the church bells. Look out for them!

Prayer Book Society – Volunteers

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Volunteers are sought to act as Secretary to the Branch Representatives’ Council and Chairman of the Marketing and Communications Committee. Details are at the back of Church.

Spring/Summer Stalls

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As there is no Magdalene Fayre this year we would like to have some stalls in the Churchward during the Spring and Summer. If you are interested in either helping to run a stall or providing something to stock any of the following, please let Nik know. Nik would set up and clear away on the day. Intended stalls, Books; Toys & Games; Puzzles; Gardenng; Bric a Brac; Cakes; Tekna Activities; Tombola; Flower Displays. If anyone can suggest any other type of stall please speak with Nik.

Baby Hats

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BABY HATS for Musgrove Park Hospital – Just a reminder, Musgrove are need of more baby bonnets so we are grateful to any of you who are able to knit some. There are patterns and wool available at the back of Church. We are also grateful for any 4ply or DK wool.