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Miles Quick plays Father Willis

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Miles Quick, music director at St Mary Magdalene, Taunton demonstrates how swiftly and smoothly the 1882 Father Willis organ can move from a ‘roar’ to a ‘whisper’.

He also explains what needs to be done to ensure that this historic organ remains a reliable and versatile accompanying and solo instrument for many years to come.

Youth Leader

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We are delighted that Becky Andersen has agreed to become our youth leader. She will begin to take Voice sessions on Friday evening for our young people. We are delighted that a large group (7/8) young people have said they wish to be confirmed. The classes will begin very soon.

Postage Stamps

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“Thank you for the continued supply of used postage stamps.  Please keep them coming, it is much appreciated.”

Heather Walker

“JUST A BITE” MOTHERS’ UNION MEETINGS

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‘JUST A BITE” MOTHERS’ UNION MEETINGS on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm.

See our full programmes for 2014 below.

Revd Jane Eastell will be talking on Spirituality on Wednesday 5th February.

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Lent Course

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LENT COURSE – with Dennis Cavaghan

The start of Lent this year (2014) starts with Ash Wednesday on 5th March.

There will be a service at 7.30pm.  the ash from burnt Palm Crosses will be applied to the foreheads of those who wish.  The sermon will set the theme ‘CROSS’ for the weekly meetings on Thursdays

13th March   Thursday 7.30pm    C – Crucifixion

20th March   Thursday 7.30pm    R – Rest

27th March   Thursday 7.30pm   O – Obedience

3rd April      Thursday 7.30pm    S – Service

10th April     Thursday 7.30pm    S – Salvation

This Course of talks will be accompanied by a handout each week containing the outline of the talk and some pointers for further thought and application.

Further details of the format and location (within St Mary’s) will be forthcoming soon.

Salt and Light – We are the Light of the World

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Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  1 Corinthians 2: 1– 16 & Matthew 5: 13-20

Salt stops the rot, whereas Light transforms.

We have this twofold task if we are going to bring glory to God: preserve and transform.

7 Deadly Sins – Evil Schemes

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 The Reading:   Proverbs 6:16-19

…  a heart that devises wicked plans …” (v.18) RSV

Some people seem very good at plotting the downfall of others.  Daniel’s peers in Babylon hated his success and his talents, and therefore they conspired to disgrace him.  They knew he prayed three times a day before an open window that faced towards Jerusalem and the Temple.  They therefore devised a plan.  They got the King to sign a document to forbid anyone praying to anything or anyone except himself for a period of 30 days.

When Daniel heard of this he resolutely continued to do as before.  His fellow ministers told the King, and that hapless man had no alternative but to throw Daniel into the den of lions.  Mercifully the plot backfired because God shut the mouths of the lions.  When Daniel was released the next day, his work colleagues were thrown in and were devoured immediately (Daniel 6:4-9).

The prophet Jeremiah angered powerful people in Jerusalem when he kept forecasting the destruction of that city and the exile of its people.  They felt he was undermining morale, so they plotted to kill him by lowering him down into a cistern where he sank up to his armpits in mire.  Fortunately others who had the king’s permission came by night, tied rags and old clothes together and hauled him out under cover of darkness (Jeremiah 38:6-13).

The worst plot of all was devised by Judas Iscariot who went to the enemies of Jesus and arranged to betray him in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:14-16).  This resulted in the death of Jesus.  However, God raised him from the dead, brought him out of the tomb (as he did Daniel out of the den, and Jeremiah out of the cistern).

Let us resolve not to plan against others to do them harm, to outmanoeuvre them at work, to cheat them out of their wife, or any other unworthy scheme.  Let us seek to do good to all people, especially the household of faith (Galatians 6:10). 

Father, forgive me when I have been too eager to devise evil schemes.  Help me give my energy to doing good.  Amen.

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1  Instead of evil schemes what should we devise?

    Isaiah 32:7-8

2  How did Nehemiah deal with evil plotters?

    Nehemiah 6:1-14

Accession

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This Sunday 9th February, we celebrate the accession to the throne of Elizabeth, our Queen. She was proclaimed Queen at the death of her father George V1 on 6th February 1952, 62 years ago. In the Nation Anthem , we sing “Long to reign over us” and Queen Elizabeth has certainly done that dutifully and with great energy and grace. This evening we celebrate her accession to the throne with a special choral Evensong. We are honoured that Lady Gass will be joining us. The Revd Peter Tullett, Paul’s father, will be preaching and we welcome him.

Somerset Levels

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The situation on the Levels doesn’t seem to get better. Flooding does great damage and the people living there have suffered a great deal. It was heartening to see Prince Charles’ visit last Monday which certainly lifted spirits. We need to remember those affected in our prayers.

Leaks

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What a week this has been for bad weather! Unfortunately we have had a few leaks in the roof, and the copper cladding means it is hard to determine where the leaks are getting in – so the buckets are out.!

We do not need to be too concerned because the building is in a good state of repair generally. David Havard is our new Property Officer.