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2012 Annual Report and Accounts

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The 2012 Annual Report and Accounts are available at the back of Church. Nomination Forms for Churchwardens and the PCC are also there.

The Annual Parish and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Sunday 28th April at 4.00pm.

Tea will be served from 3.30pm.

TCT Representative for St Mary’s

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We are looking for someone to represent St. Mary Magdalene’s at the TCT (Taunton Christians Together) meetings. (About 4 per year).

If you are interested in doing this please speak to Rod or one of the wardens.

Easter Joy – Worship

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The Reading: Matthew 28:1-15 

“… they took hold of his feet and worshipped him.” (v.9) RSV

Come to the feet of Jesus. A strange thought maybe, but when we worship we bow down low, indeed prostrate ourselves on the ground. To us who, like John the Baptist, are not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet, we count ourselves blessed to be in his presence and to cling to his feet.

Indeed we find the feet of Jesus to be beautiful. As Isaiah wrote, “How beautiful … are the feet of him who brings good tidings,” (Isaiah 52:7). The risen Christ is worthy to be worshipped. He has taught us the good news, he has shown us through his works the good news, and indeed he is within himself the good news. His resurrection shows that the good news works! He has overcome sin and death, disease and destruction. Alleluia, what a Saviour!

The Westminster Shorter Catechism of Faith (1642 AD) asks many questions and gives trenchant answers. The first question is: “What is the chief end of man?” The answer is: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.” There is no greater joy and purpose in this life and the next than to serve/worship God in word and deed. Our whole life is made worthwhile if this is our chief end (goal and aim).

Even if we are bed-bound or have lost our legs in combat, even if we are very young or very old, we can all fulfil this great purpose in life – worship the risen Christ who is our Saviour, our Love and our Life. Let us prostrate ourselves in worship and cling to his feet.

Thank you Lord for all you have taught and all you have done. You are my Saviour. I worship you and want to follow you all the days of my life. Amen. 

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1. What should your aim in life be?

Psalm 73:28

2. What will be our chief aim in heaven?

Revelation 4:9-11, 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, 15:4

Easter Heave

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Have you ever wondered where the expression ‘Heave Ho’ comes from?  It stems from the Easter Heave which is the lifting of a small person seated on a chair into the air by several strong people.  It represents Christ being raised from the dead.

From Birth through Death to Resurrection

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A journey from Christmas (birth of Jesus) through to Easter (re-birth of Jesus) began with our Christmas tree in all its glory only to be shorn of its branches and made into a rood cross and then finally clothed in flowers.

See the journey in video with commentary by Dennis Cavaghan.

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Our Christmas tree signifying the birth of Jesus.

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Through Lent we added the symbols of Jesus’ suffering.

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Stripped and naked representing the death of Jesus.

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On Easter Day our ladies added the flowers of new life.

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Adorned with flowers representing the resurrection of Jesus and new life for all.

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Paschal Candle lit on Easter morning representing Christ alive in our midst. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!  Halleujah!!

 

Electoral Roll

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Monday 8th April  is the last day that you can enrol on the renewed Electoral Roll for St Mary’s Church.

This membership is open to all who live in the parish or who attend worship regularly. It enables you to vote at the annual meeting. The form is available at the back of church.

This year a completely new Electoral Roll will need to be prepared which means that, even if your name has previously been on the Electoral Roll, you will need to fill out an application form if you wish your name to appear on the new Roll.

There are application forms available at the back of Church or alternatively you can download and print off the pdf below.

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Church Weekend Away

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Don’t forget to book now for our Parish Weekend Away: Friday 14th June until Sunday 16th.  Our speaker, Bishop George, spoke powerfully and amusingly at the 10am three Sundays ago.

Please speak to one of the clergy or a churchwarden if you want to know more. This will be an unique opportunity to build friendships, deepen your faith and have a lovely break.

Do see the display at the back of church.

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Spring and Summer Stalls

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We are arranging a number of stalls during the spring and summer, the first of which will be books, puzzles and tombola on the 11th May.

We would like donations of puzzles and prizes for the tombola and also, for future stalls, we will be looking for toys, bric a brac, handbags and accessories, and more prizes for future tombolas.

Please leave anything you may have in the box provided.

 

Would you like to be confirmed?

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Confirmation classes will take place at the Vicarage on the following Sundays at 3.00pm:

  • 24th March
  • 14th April
  • 21st April

The sessions will be led by the Vicar, Revd Rod Corke assisted by his Curate, Revd Sheila Murray.

The Deanery Confirmation service will take place at All Saints, Trull at 7.00pm on Thursday 2nd May.

If you are interested in being confirmed, please add your name to the list at the back of Church.