On Friday our choristers and reading group held their summer concert. We heard songs from, “Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo” which is a delightful retelling of the Bible story and other musical renditions. Our reading group gave us Shakespeare, Jane Austen, G K Chesterton to name just a few of the items. Well done to all involved and thanks to Miles Quick and Margaret Roe for their enthusiasm and dedication to our young people.
We do need to repair our Father Willis Organ. When the weather conditions are right, and under the direction of a skilled organist, it can sound amazing. Sadly, when it is dry for a prolonged period, Father Willis seizes up and no amount of musical skill can rescue the situation. The problem is worsening—the leathers are particularly worn. We now have over £130,000 in the restoration fund but this is likely to be only just over half way to the final target. Every penny and pound counts, so why not sponsor a pipe today?
Last Sunday afternoon, we enjoyed a very special concert called “Rejoice The Lord is King” in celebration of our Queen’s 90th birthday. It was a wonderful occasion—the music was a delight, the royal birthday cake delicious and over £700 was raised for our organ appeal. Father Willis is most grateful! I would like to thank the soloists, our church choir, Taunton Choral Society and especially our musical director , Miles Quick, for a splendid and enjoyable musical extravaganza.
The next Worship@5 Service is dealing with the difficult subject of bullying.
Remember, this is informal worshipful and only 45mins long. Doors open at 4:30pm with coffee and biscuits. Service starts at 5pm on Sunday 19th June.
Why not come along?
“I do urge you to vote in the referendum decision. Matthew Jeanes, pastor at Canon Street, Pentecostal Church, has written a blog exploring the thought, “What Would Jesus Do?” It is an interesting contribution to the debate (search: unicycle contemplations EU). “
Rod Corke, Vicar
Service: 6:30 pm Evensong
Preacher: Revd Rod Corke
Readings: Genesis 13 & Mark 4:21-41
Service: 10:00 am Holy Communion
Preacher: Daphne Seddon (Reader)
Readings: Galatians 2:15-21 & Luke 7:36-8:3
The Reading: Philippians 1:1-11
“… he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion …” (v.6) RSV
Paul’s usual opening gambit in his letters is to say something positive about his readers. In this case the Philippians pose him no problem. They are doing pretty well in their faith journey. Though, as we shall see they had problems like troublers who were “enemies of the cross” (3:18), and the two women who were in conflict (4:2).
So Paul starts with affirming words and encouragement. He thanks them for supporting him while he is in prison. And he is full of praise for their “defence and confirmation of the gospel”. They are plainly “partakers of grace” (v.7) and are destined to stay the course (v.6).
The story as to how the Philippian church came into existence is told in Acts 16:11-40. There we read of Lydia’s conversion down by the riverside. Then the girl with the “spirit of divination” is delivered, which causes an uproar resulting in Paul and Silas being thrown into prison.
This is followed by a midnight earthquake and the conversion of the Jailor and his household. What a rip roaring start to the church in that city. Since then it had manifestly put down roots and grown. Thus Paul is writing to them from prison (again!) in order to guide and strengthen them.
There is one other reason that Paul is so thankful and encouraging at the start of this letter. Despite his imprisonment, he has discovered the secret of joy and contentment (4:10-13). No letter is as joyful as this one. Paul is obviously in a good place spiritually, and his joy is infectious.
His is a lesson for us. It is not our circumstances that will enable us to rejoice nor will they lead us to help others. Paul did some of his best work when in prison! Let us learn to rejoice and out of this abundance seek to bless others.
Thank you, Lord for those who encourage me. May I always speak good to those around me. Amen.
1 Was any other church in ‘Partnership’ (koinonia) (v.4)?
2 Compare Paul’s prayer for the Philippians (v.9) with that for the
On Sunday 12th June, we are marking the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. All our services will include special prayers and, at 4pm we have a special birthday concert called “Rejoice The Lord is King!” followed by refreshments. This will be an opportunity to give God thanks for the Queen’s long reign. Queen Elizabeth’s strong faith has sustained her throughout the years as our sovereign and it is our delight and privilege to celebrate with her today. Any donations given will go towards the fund for repairing the Father Willis organ.
This week leaders from the Taunton Churches went a way together for a B1 24 hour retreat. We worshipped together and prayed for one another and for Taunton. Doing this brings the kind of unity Paul describes in Ephesians 4:
‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.’
On Thursday we enjoyed Tenpin Bowling together as a Signature Event. It was great fun and thank you Derek and Margaret Allen for organising this. Don’t forget the Signature Events are social happenings, open to anyone. All you need do is sign up at the back of church and come along. The next event is the Kilve Picnic on Sunday 10th July. More details to follow shortly.
We are in the advance stages of planning a new youth group for our older young people. The name is still being considered but I am calling it Voice PC as a working title. PC stands for Priest Chamber where we hope to meet. We will being on June 24th at 7.45pm, after choristers have finished. Please pray for the success of this venture and for all our work with children and young people.