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One Can Make a Great Difference


Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Rod Corke

Readings:  Romans 12:9-21 & Matthew 6: 21-34

Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan!” because Peter, upon whom the Church would be built in the future still had a wrong idea of the Kingdom; he was still thinking as man not as God would think.  Peter needed to get it right to make a great difference.

7 Ages – Elder


 The Reading:  1 Timothy 6:11-21 

“as for you … aim at righteousness, godliness …” (v.11) RSV

These past weeks we have been working through the Seven Ages of man as listed by Shakespeare, and we have been applying it to the Christian life.  Today’s Age is actually expressed by Shakespeare by the word ‘Justice’ (or Judge), but I have changed it to ‘Elder’.  The relevant point is that this person has reached full maturity and bears great responsibilities.  He has fought at the front but now is in leadership.

Timothy was Paul’s protégé, and was comparatively young to be an Elder of a church.  And yet he was a mature young man, and was being encouraged by Paul to become a pastor of others.  “But as for you, man of God, shun all this [love of money, etc.- 1 Timothy 6:9-10]; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” (v.11)

Elders in the faith are dependable, steady, balanced and helpful.  Such people may not always exude superficial enthusiasm and overtly spiritual manifestations.  They are not ‘Lovers’ (see last week’s reading), but are mature.

Timothy’s task was to “Fight the good fight of the faith” (v.12).  He was, as Paul wrote to “Do your best to present yourself as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

How many of us have failed to grow up like this?  The writer to the Hebrews was almost in despair at the immaturity of his flock.  He wrote of them, “by this time you ought to be teachers, (but) you need someone to teach you again the first principles of God’s word.  You need milk, not solid food” (Hebrews 5:12-13).

How many of us are still Indians and not ready or not willing to be Chiefs?  God is looking for those to whom he can entrust the leadership of others.  “If anyone aspires to the office of Overseer, he desires a noble task.” (1 Timothy 3:1).

Make me fit to be an Elder, O Lord. May I become steady and dependable, and may I study to be approved.  Amen. 

Explore More

1  How does Paul define maturity?

    Ephesians 4:13

2   What did God say to Joshua when it was his turn to lead?

    Joshua 1:9

Thanks Annie and Gypsy!


Annie's Ride - P1010682 Annies ride blessing 3 Aug 14

It was a thrill to welcome Annie and Gypsy, the horse, after their epic ride around 51 church bell towers – ringing in each one.

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The reception on Tuesday went well and Annie has raised over £12,000. What a wonderful achievement!  We are so proud of our bell ringing team who did so much to support Annie’s ride. Well done all!

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And from Annie’s Blog …

“A few days into the Ride, Pearl, Jo and I never thought the last day at St Mary’s would ever arrive – there were so many towers to ring, so many miles to cover on Gypsy, so many long days ahead……but amazingly here we are – we have reached Tuesday 26th and the Ride is now officially over, 150 miles and 51 towers later……
What a reception we had as we rode down Hammet Street the wrong way, the imposing tower was looming ahead of us, people were waving and clapping, the bells were ringing and Jo and I have to admit that we felt more than a little choked – it was a moment never to forget – all this was for us and our endeavours to raise funds for the Bells of St Mary’s. Even Gypsy sensed the occasion and stepped along nicely with a spring in her step knowing the applause was for her and the amazing effort she has made to fulfil the role she stepped into after Mieke fell. I found out today from Cherie that she had indeed belonged to the gypsies until she was 7 years old and this explains a lot about her unstoppable attitude to marching out no matter what and also her hoof waving performances, perhaps used to convey her feelings in the only way she knew how?
She has been a star and as we have got to know her she has relaxed in our company – she has tried her hardest to please and given us her all – tomorrow she returns to Gunnislake with Cherie and probably a lot more adventures will unfold in her life but I like to think that she will always remember the 3 weeks she spent with us here in Somerset helping to raise the money for the Bells of St Mary’s and giving us such pleasure and amusement along the way ……..Thank you Gypsy!”

Donations can still be made at

Copper Lighthouse!


The copper mountain is back. This time the ski slope has morphed into a lighthouse.

Can you help build a copper wall of two pence pieces to support our mission work in the church?

Harvest Festival


As we look forward, Harvest Festival is on 5th October. It will be a Family Communion Service with a bring and share harvest lunch to follow. The days are cooling down, and there is an Autumnal feel in the air. The harvest has been gathered in and we meet together to give thanks.

MU Just a Bite


Meetings resume at 2.30 pm on first Wednesday of the month. On Wednesday 3rd of September 2014 new members are being enrolled before we look at The book of Esther with Rev Dennis Cavaghan. Tea and cake will be served and Bring and Buy as usual.

For your diary- Lynne Tembey the MU Worldwide President will be at the Corner House Hotel, Park Street Taunton TA1 4DQ at 3pm on Monday 20th October. There is a cost of £6:00 for afternoon tea, rsvp necessary please contact Marlène or Margaret by the 30th September.



We are a 20’s-30’s group of people from churches across Taunton and the surrounding area seeking to develop our faith in God and fellowship with each other. We meet for informal bible study on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 7.30pm in the vicarage next to St Mary Magdalene church in the centre of town.

If you would like to find out more do come along to our BBQ at the vicarage on Friday 5th September from 7.30pm.

Hospital Hat Knitters


“Thank you to all who have knitted bootees for the hospital. These are really appreciated.”


Taunton Foodbank


“We have raised £23 from the sale of short grain rice.  Thanks to all who contributed.”

Diane Bayliss & Derek Hicks