At Pentecost we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit in the early chapters of the Book of Acts – and what a life changing power the Holy Spirit is. We welcome our Archdeacon, John Reed who will bring a message from the new Diocesan Bishop of Bath and Wells, The Rt Revd Peter Hancock who was installed on Saturday 7th June at Wells Cathedral. We are so pleased to have John with us on this festival day.
Taunton Town Chaplaincy has moved to its new offices in the Market House and we praise God for this provision. The back room is being converted into a prayer room and, on behalf of St Mary Magdalene , we have presented Steve Reed, the lead chaplain, with a Celtic cross to go on the wall. If you are passing by – why not pop in for a chat. You will be made very welcome.
One 20th June, our choristers and young readers will be presenting an evening of music and word.
More details to follow, but please make a note of the date and come along to be entertained by our talented young people.
MAGDALENE FAYRE will be held on July 19th from 10.00am-2.00pm. There will be a list at the back of church for those able to help, and if you have any items to donate , please bring them into church at the beginning of July. Many thanks from the team.
Saturday 7th Jnne TOWER OPEN 10.00am-3.30pm
Go to the top – watch some bell ringing, chime a bell! If you haven’t already done this, and have a head for heights, the view at the top is truly magnificent … all in aid of our bell fund.
THE FLOWER TEAM at St Mary’s is busy planning a Flower Festival to be held in July 2015. Prior to that date they will be undertaking various fund raising events to cover their costs so that all the proceeds can be donated equally to the church organ and bell funds.
The first event is a Day of Bridge to be held at Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall on 17th July 2014. Tickets are £15 to include coffee on arrival and a two-course lunch with a glass of wine or a soft drink. There will be the usual prizes and raffle. Tickets are available from Anne Chidgey 01823 276532.
The Reading: Luke 24:13-35
“… did not our hearts burn within us …” (v.32) RSV
Last week we saw how the Breaking of Bread opened the eyes of the two whom Jesus had met on the Road to Emmaus. Now we see the other great impact that Jesus had upon their lives. As he had walked with them “… beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (v.27). Some of us find many things in what we commonly call the Old Testament hard to understand or even objectionable. But the rule for Christians is that Christ can be found in “all the scriptures” (v.27).
In those sacred scriptures we can read of prophets, kings, priests, sacrifices, laws, obedience and acts of faith. All these things find their fulfilment in Jesus. He embodied all truth. So if the Old Testament is truth, then we will find it fulfilled in Jesus. What a bible study it must have been for those privileged two! No wonder they later explained, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he … opened to us the scriptures?” (v.32).
This is what God’s preachers and teachers should be aiming to do; to open the scriptures so that Jesus is seen. I remember a pulpit in a church that had a plaque on it for the preacher to read before he started; it read: “Sir. We would see Jesus.” Such Christ centred sermons will by the Holy Spirit quicken the Spirit within us, and make our hearts burn. We will be hungry for such teaching and instruction. “Lord, to whom else can we go?” said Peter, “You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68).
Let us pray for preachers and teachers. And let us take up our bible and read with renewed enthusiasm the sacred word that leads us through to the Living Word, even Jesus Christ himself.
Thank you Lord for the words that you have spoken to me from time to time. May I love your word and read with expectation, knowing that you will guide me into all truth. Amen.
1. What does Paul say a preacher or teacher should do?
2. What was King David’s reaction to the word of God?