Prolific modern hymn writer Stuart Townend will be giving a concert at St Mary Magdalene’s on Friday 22nd April at 7:30pm. There are tickets left but you need to book them soon. They are £12 and available from 01823 332371, St Michael’s, Galmington. Enquiries to email@example.com. Booking office open from February 23rd Tuesday to Friday mornings.
Stuart has written several hymns we sing including “In Christ Alone”, “Vagabonds” “The Lords My Shepherd (I will trust in you always), “How Deep the Father’s Love” and “The Power of the Cross.” www.stuarttownend.co.uk Townend Diary
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Planning is happening for the Magdalene Fayre on Saturday 23rd July this year. A small team is working hard to come up with a plan for the day. If you would like to run a stall, please speak to Caroline Lee. The more variety we offer, the better the Magdalene Fayre will be, and the more money we will raise for our mission projects.
WEDNESDAY BREAKAWAY 13th April at 9.30 am. Jo Morling will be giving a short, child friendly talk entitled “The Lighthouse”, on the theme “Jesus the light of the world” followed by refreshments. Children and adults are welcome to come along and help build the model of the old lighthouse.
- 4th May at 9.30am: Jane Tibbs who is responsible for children and worship in the diocese will be joining us. She will give a talk about families and community, followed by refreshments;
- 1st June at 10.30am: join us for a family picnic (weather permitting) in Vivary Park during this half-term week
- 6th July joint quiz and cake sale with Just A Bite Group – more details to follow. Everyone welcome!
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!
Our next Away Weekend will be in 2017 at Buckfast Abbey with Bishop Peter Hancock as our speaker!
Reserve the date: 22 – 24th September 2017.
Service: 6:30 pm Holy Communion
Preacher: Revd Dennis Cavaghan
Readings: Revelation 1: 4-8 & John 20: 19-29
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“On Sunday we had a wonderful Easter Dawn Service held at King’s Hall School at 6.30am (which body-wise was 5.30am because of the clock change!). 28 of us had communion together standing overlooking Taunton, remembering Mary’s early morning visit to the tomb. It was wonderful watching the sun come up, and the amazing clouds sweeping across the sky, and luckily we all stayed dry while we ate some very tasty bacon butties after the service. Many thanks to Denise for providing our breakfast for us.”
Revd Sheila Murray
The Reading: Mark 5:21-42
“Little girl, I say to you, arise” (v.41) RSV
There are three recorded raisings from the dead performed by Jesus. We have already considered one: “Lazarus, come out” (John 11:43). The second is the widow of Nain’s son: “Young man, I say to you, arise” (Luke 7:14). And the third, which we consider this week, Jairus’ daughter: “Talitha cumi” which means “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (v.41). Surely the consistency of working cannot be missed, nor can it be coincidental. Each time Jesus gives a short word of command. This word is heard, received and responded to.
But as ever, faith is the prerequisite. Without faith it is not only impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), but it is more or less impossible for God to work through us. A world in rebellion and unbelief stifles God’s activity.
Jesus had to work hard to create the ambience of faith in order for the little girl to be brought back to life. Jairus, her father, had to overcome his status as a ruler of the local synagogue. Not only did he have to risk the disapproval of his congregation, but he also came in abject humility to fall at the feet of Jesus. This man expressed true love for his daughter; he would do anything for her. And the direction of his hope was Jesus.
All was well at first, Jesus “went with him” (v.24), but then disaster struck. Jesus was diverted and distracted with the needs of the woman who had been haemorrhaging for the past twelve years (the same length of time that Jairus’ daughter had been living). During this delay news came of the girl’s death. But Jesus strengthened the father’s faith, “Do not fear, only believe” (v.36). When they arrived at the house, Jesus put out all the unbelievers and scornful mourners. He took with him his strongest (in faith) disciples and the child’s parents. Their combined faith and love enabled Jesus to exercise that confident authority over all evil: “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (v.41).
Thank you Lord for those who are strong in faith. May we encourage one another so that we can become channels of your power to heal and save. Amen.
1 How did Elisha raise a dead boy?
2 Kings 4:32-37
2 How did God create the world?
Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 20, 24, 26
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