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Our SAT (Social Activities Team)

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We are delighted in the response to the questionnaire about social activities. The Social Activities Team (SAT) have met to analyse the responses, take note of the suggestions and plan ahead.

The first provisional list includes a trip to China China in Station Road in May, a boat trip in June, a picnic at Kilve in August and ten pin bowling in September.

We have a committed and enthusiastic team but we would welcome new members to help us plan.

Please see Rod if you are interested.

Bell Fund

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Collages12We are delighted to report that the bell fund has been awarded a grant of £12,000 from the Bath & Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers.

Rosemary Tuhey is working very hard on the Heritage Lottery Grant application and hopefully this will be submitted in June .

We are making steady progress.

 

Mothering Sunday

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Mothering Sunday this year is on the 30th March.

Coffee and Simnel cake will be served after the 8.00am service.

Please do join us.

LENT TALK – REST

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LENT TALKS 2014 – “The Cross” given by Revd Dennis Cavaghan

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C = Crucifixion

R = Rest

O = Obedience

S = Service

S = Salvation

READING:  Matthew 11:28 – 12:8

“for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works …”  Hebrews 4:10

“Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin? The blood of Jesus whispers peace within. 

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed? To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.”

Bishop Edward Bickersteth (Mission Praise 184)

Music Quiz Answers

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Answers to the music quiz are also available at the back of church.

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Lost Years – Joseph

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 The Reading:  Psalm 105:16-22 

his neck was put in a collar of iron” (v.18) RSV

Joseph was a young man with a bright future ahead of him.  God gave him dreams that one day his father and mother and brothers would all bow down before him.  He became his father’s favourite son and was consequently given a coat with long sleeves (which meant he was above manual work).  Surely, he must have reckoned life was going to be continual ease and privilege.

How wrong he was.  In order for God to be able to exalt him, he had first to bring him down a few pegs.  Joseph was arrogant and conceited.  So much so, that his brothers hated his guts.  They decided to get rid of him.  At first they were going to kill him, but eventually they sold him to some passing traders.  He ended up in Egypt.  He must have been hurt, angry and embittered.

He was sold in the market as a slave and was brought into the household of Potiphar (who was captain of the guard).  There he quickly rose through the ranks.  But he was betrayed by his master’s wife who accused him of attempted rape.  He was thrown into prison where “his neck was put in a collar of iron” (v.18).  While in prison he again rose to a position of trust, but even after interpreting the dreams of the imprisoned butler and baker of Pharaoh’s household, he still remained forgotten for some years more.

Finally his break came.  He had learned his lesson.  He was now humbled and useful to God.  Pharaoh summoned him to interpret his dream.  The result was that Joseph became second-in-command to Pharaoh in all the land, and was in charge of all the food supplies.

When his brothers came looking for food because of the famine, Joseph had learned such grace that he told them that what they had done to him they had “meant for evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20).  God can indeed restore the lost years. 

Thank you Lord that you redeem my past and integrate it into my future.  Amen. 

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1  Who became useful to God and to his master after conversion?

    Philemon

2   Did Joseph regret his ‘lost’ years?

    Genesis 45:5-8

Second Sunday in Lent

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1-IMG_8942This Cross started with the bare remains of our Christmas Tree.

Last week was added the Purse of 30 pieces of silver.

This week was brought to the Cross the Red Robe that the soldiers put about the shoulders of Jesus hailing him mockingly as King (Matthew 27:28).

Archbishop Barry’s Visit

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We were delighted to welcome The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and his wife, Hilary, last week.

The morning was such a happy occasion and a big “thank you” to all who worked so hard. A particular thanks to the choir and choristers who sang beautifully, Albert and Rosanna who read beautifully, the MU for lots of delicious Welsh cakes, the team who organised the “bring and share,” and to the ringers who rang 10 or our 12 bells for the service.

Archbishop Barry wrote this week to say:

“Thank you very much for your kind e-mail and for the photographs. It was a great joy being with you and thank you for all you did to make us feel so welcome. The parish lunch was a great affair and we enjoyed ourselves very much.”

Lent Talk – Crucifixion

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LENT TALKS 2014 – “The Cross” given by Revd Dennis Cavaghan

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C = Crucifixion

R = Rest

O = Obedience

S = Service

S = Salvation

READING: Genesis 22:9-14

“I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)

Do we realise and understand what God has done for us?

Do we respond in heartfelt and joyful worship and obedience?