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Charis Update

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“I am delighted that progress is being made by Charis, the Trust set up by St Mary’s, Vineyard Fellowship and Creech Baptist Church to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis. The government pledged that 20,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees would be found new homes in the UK and we hope that the churches in Taunton, working together, will bring a family over to resettle later on this year. The refugees that will come over are not economic migrants. They will have arrived at a refugee camp traumatised from war-torn Syria and will have come with problems that the refugee camp is not equipped to cope with; e.g. kidney dialysis. Many of the refugees will resettle here for a short while but their heart is in their homeland and they will want to return. Our aim is to show Christian compassion and love to these unfortunate, displaced, people. Charis is holding a public meeting at St Mary Magdalene on Wednesday 22nd June at 7.30pm. Please come along if you can.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Christian Aid Week

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Christian Aid week has ended and we had a good response on Wednesday in the Coffee Shop. We will let you know the final total of how much we raised very soon. It is not too late to contribute and many thanks to those who have already done so

Worship@5 – Our new Service

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WORSHIP@5 is having its 6th service on June 19th.

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‘How do we withstand bullying?’

If you know someone who might benefit from its relaxed, contemporary style please do tell them about it.  They can also get a feel for the service by looking at the short video on this website.

The service starts at 5pm but the doors are open from 4:30pm and folk are very welcome to come early for a cuppa and a biscuit.

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Magdalene Fayre – Call for Items

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MAGDALENE FAYRE 23rd July 2016

This is an early request for you to begin looking out any items that you could donate for the following stalls!

  • BOOKS, PUZZLES, BRIC A BRAC, WHITE ELEPHANT, BOTTLES & CANS TOMBOLA, HANDBAGS & JEWELLERY, TOYS & GAMES, BATHROOM/TOILETRIES (We need a volunteer to run this stall!)
  • CAKE & PRESERVES Stall, for which homemade cakes etc will be needed.
  • COFFEES, TEAS & LUNCHES produced by our wonderful catering team led by Sandra and Margaret.
  • RAFFLE – We would like to have a really good raffle, so prizes for this would be extremely welcome, and can be handed in to Tim (caretaker), Caroline Lee, Sandra Daw or Debbie Whittaker any time from now.
  • BOOKS – Usborne Books will be having a stall and will donate 20% of their takings to us.  They sell very good educational children’s books, and others, eg cookery, craft books, and it will be something different.

There will not be a second-hand clothes stall this year. Items cannot be stored in the pews until after 9th July when there is a wedding, so please keep them at home and bring them from 11th July onwards. All proceeds from the Fayre will go to the Mission of the church.

Thank you, from The Team.

The Venerable Nicola Sullivan

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We welcome the Venerable Nicola Sullivan, currently Archdeacon of Wells but soon-to-be Dean of Southwell, who is preaching and presiding today at St Mary’s. Nicola led our last parish weekend away and her ministry was welcomed by all who went. We are celebrating Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Malachi – 5th Question to God

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 The Reading:  Malachi 2:17-3:5 

How have we wearied him?” (v.17) RSV

When we weary the Lord with our words, we weary him both with what we say and with the number of words we use.   Do we think we will be heard for our “many words” (Matthew 6:7)?  We love arguing and justifying.  God is not usually impressed with our logic, but he is much more impressed with our heart.  He sees the heart and he sees our actions, for these speak to him more loudly than heaps of words.

In today’s reading the Lord is wearied not only by Israel’s endless talk but also by their defence of evil!  They were arguing that “everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them” (v.17).  This is not quite the same as calling ‘evil’ ‘good’. If they had done so then they would have been guilty of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 12:31).

However, their wrong belief was that people who do evil things are nevertheless good in God’s sight.  In other words God is not troubled or offended by evil behaviour.  He winks at it and continues to pour out his love and blessing on such evildoers.  This attitude robs God of justice and morality.  God hates sin and evil behaviour even if he continues to love the sinner.  But even that love cannot bring blessing or benefit to the evildoer.  God does not have the wool pulled over his eyes, for as St Paul says: “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7).

That’s life.  Call it karma or what you will, evil has its inevitable consequences.  We cannot appeal to God to ignore our deeds and bless us.  There is only one way to open ourselves to his blessing and that is to admit our evil and to cry for his grace and mercy.  We deserve nothing; we merit nothing except judgement.  But we can be assured of God’s loving kindness and his desire to forgive.

Lord, forgive me when I weary you with many words and wrong ideas.  May I come in humility and trust.  Amen. 

Explore More

1  What does God look for from us?

    Matthew 7:21-24

2  What sort of actions does God want from us?

    Matthew 25:31-46

In Celebration of Christian Aid Week

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“To celebrate Christian Aid Week, Revd Dr Susan Durber (Taunton Baptist Minister) and others will be in our Coffee Shop for Lunch on Wednesday, 18th May.  This is the day, of course, when all of the proceeds from the Coffee Shop will be donated to Christian Aid.  I will be there all day, and hopefully, Fiona Daborn from the charity, will be with me to welcome everyone.  On the same day, a Christian Aid Director will be in Taunton to address the local Chamber of Commerce at breakfast and it may be that he will visit us at St. Mary’s later on.”

Ronnie King

Archdeacon John Retires

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Archdeacon John retires this year after thirty years of ministry in this diocese, the last seventeen as your Archdeacon. There is to be a farewell service for John and Gill at St Mary Magdalene on Thursday 30th June at 7.00pm. This will be open to everyone.  Afterwards there’ll be some refreshments and an opportunity to say goodbye. Many people have asked how they can express their thanks to John for hisdistinguished ministry as Archdeacon of Taunton and Warden of Readers. If you would like to contribute to a thank you presentation gift please hand to a churchwarden or to the Parish Office.

Magdalene Fayre – Call for Items

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MAGDALENE FAYRE 23rd July 2016

This is an early request for you to begin looking out any items that you could donate for the following stalls!

  • BOOKS, PUZZLES, BRIC A BRAC, WHITE ELEPHANT, BOTTLES & CANS TOMBOLA, HANDBAGS & JEWELLERY, TOYS & GAMES, BATHROOM/TOILETRIES. (We need a volunteer to run this stall!)
  • CAKE & PRESERVES Stall, for which homemade cakes etc will be needed.
  • COFFEES, TEAS & LUNCHES produced by our wonderful catering team led by Sandra and Margaret.
  • RAFFLE – We would like to have a really good raffle, so prizes for this would be extremely welcome, and can be handed in to Tim (caretaker), Caroline Lee, Sandra Daw or Debbie Whittaker any time from now.
  • BOOKS – Usborne Books will be having a stall and will donate 20% of their takings to us.  They sell very good educational children’s books, and others, eg cookery, craft books, and it will be something different.

There will not be a second-hand clothes stall this year. Items cannot be stored in the pews until after 9th July when there is a wedding, so please keep them at home and bring them from 11th July onwards. All proceeds from the Fayre will go to the Mission of the church.

Thank you, from The Team.

Worship@5 – Our new Service

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WORSHIP@5 is having its 6th service on June 19th.

bully-655660_960_720-pixabay-croppedIts being led by Dennis who’s going to talk on …

‘How do we withstand bullying?’

If you know someone who might benefit from its relaxed, contemporary style please do tell them about it.  They can also get a feel for the service by looking at the short video on this website.

The service starts at 5pm but the doors are open from 4:30pm and folk are very welcome to come early for a cuppa and a biscuit.

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