On Thursday evening, we said goodbye to our wonderful Archdeacon, John Reed. The church was packed for his farewell service and it was an emotional and lovely occasion. Thanks to the team at St Mary’s for all the hard work put in to make this happen. It was greatly appreciated.
You will be pleased to hear that our first Voice PC in its new location in the Priest’s Chamber was a great success. We played Bananarama (a kind of Scrabble), watched a video, worked on some rhythms, ate chocolate, considered Moses fighting the Amorites, and talked and prayed about the team that supports each one of us. This week we are expecting more young people to come and so Tim and Derek have worked hard moving trunks and chests to give us more room. If we are going to continue to use the Priest’s Chamber in the autumn/winter we are going to need some heat up there. We have begun to consider this as we will need a faculty. Friday evening has a real buzz at St Mary’s with the young people’s reading group, choristers, choir and Voice PC.
Have you seen the bell casting video? It shows the first casting of the bells and captures brilliantly the excitement and joy of the day. We still have not heard who will be officially opening the bells in March – watch this space! We are most grateful to Rotary for a very generous grant towards the cost of the bells.
“This week I attended an Open Door Trust meeting and I was delighted to hear of the success of Do More. This is a programme to help those clients of Open Door who need to find housing and employment. This means lives have been transformed and we rejoice!”
“Have this mind … which you have in Christ Jesus” (2:5) RSV
This is a rich passage that can only receive scant treatment this week. Paul’s plea is that Christians live up to their high calling, “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ” (v.27). The result of doing so does not sound too tempting for it will involve “suffering (v.29) and “conflict” (v.30). But the fact is that it is the path trodden by Jesus Christ, and if we are to follow him then we cannot expect better treatment.
We are, in other words, to have the same “mind” or attitude as our Saviour. The word “mind” is used three times in this passage (2:2, 5). The Philippians are to have the “same mind” and “one mind” which they “have in Christ Jesus”. And what was that “mind”? It was, “To empty ourselves of all but love”.
Jesus “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on the cross” (v.8). Jesus travelled from Heaven to Hell and back again. It was excruciatingly costly. But he did it out of love. No other motive could have paid the price. The temptations of Jesus in the Wilderness at the start of his ministry and in the Garden of Gethsemane at the end of his ministry show us the painful process of fighting the battle against the Evil which has this world by its throat.
Of course the sacrifice of Jesus (who was God in human form vv.6-8) was not the end of his story. Any sacrifice done out of love will have a happy ending. Jesus died, yes, but Jesus rose from the dead, “death could not hold him” (Acts 2:24). Jesus “for the joy that was set before him” (Hebrews 12:2), endured the cross.
God is no man’s debtor. If we give to him and for him, then he will give to us. Eternal and everlasting life lies before us. Let us keep that strongly in mind, as did Christ; it will strengthen us in our time of trial.
May the mind of Christ my saviour live in me from day to day. And may I have the courage to live it out. Amen.
Valerie and Derek would like to give grateful thanks to everyone from St. Mary’s who volunteered to help at our Archdeacon’s final retirement service. It was a great effort to serve drinks and nibbles to 500+ people and the clean up was done with everyone helping to put the church back straight. John was so happy to finish his ministry at St Mary Magdalene.
On Wednesday 6th July at 10am at St John’s Church, there will be a joint meeting of MU Just-a-Bite and Wednesday Breakaway. Join us in a fun quiz and cake sale – all money raised will go to support the Mothers’ Union Big Summer Appeal. Everyone Welcome.
Signature Events Our next outing is the annual picnic to Kilve on Sunday 10th July. The picnic will begin at 1pm followed by Evensong at St Mary’s Kilve at 4.30pm. Please bring your own picnic and chairs. Cream teas will be available at £2 each which includes a cup of tea, 2 scones with jam and cream. Please pay in advance at the Bookshop. If it’s raining on 10th July, a decision will be made at the 10am service whether or not to postpone. Therefore, it is very important that you leave a contact number on the “sign up” sheet which you will find at the back of the church.
On Saturday 16th July 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene there will be a concert in aid of Parkinson’s UK. “The Rivertones Harmony Chorus” will be singing and Harpist, Elizabeth-Jane Baldry will also be performing. If you would like to volunteer, please let the Parish Office or Kate know if you are able to help.
Have you seen the Christian books in our bookshop? Through a partnership with Aslan Books we can now offer the latest titles and a wide range of Bibles and Prayer books. Other Christian books can be ordered and the delivery is fast and efficient. Why not take time to browse?
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