Our Advent celebrations last weekend were enjoyed by folk of all ages. The Christingle Service attracted many of our Baptism families and the children enjoyed making the Christingles. I talked about our being reflectors of God’s light in our dark world. The From Darkness to Light Service went smoothly and the choir sang beautifully. It was amazing when Morwenna Crook sung her solo in the darkness and then the candles were lit flooding the church with a beautiful light.
Another memorable event this week were the two candlelight church tours. Someone wrote a review on line which said: “Wow….I went to a Candlelight tour of St Mary Magdalene Church last night, it was fabulous.” Thanks to Susan Whitehead who worked so hard on this project.
Rod Corke, Vicar
Thank you if you offered to distribute our Christmas leaflets.
These are now ready for you to collect from the back of church.
TAUNTON OPEN DOOR would like any blankets and clothing you are able to donate.
Well done to all who helped with the Christmas Craft Fayre – approximately £500 was raised.
CANDLELIGHT TOURS – Tuesday 5th (5pm) and Thursday 7th (7.30pm)
“Have you ever wondered what a candlelight tour of St Mary’s would be like? Following the success of last year’s tour we shall again lead a party around the church, bringing its history to life. We will finish with mince pies in the coffee shop. Why not come along to learn more about our beautiful building and bring a friend too.
Service: 7:00pm ‘Darkness to Light’ Service
Preacher: The Venerable Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton
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We have thought for many years that the season of Advent was being lost among the commercialism of Christmas. To counter this, we moved the Christingle Service to the Church Family Service at the beginning of December and introduced “From Darkness to Light”. Both services, in very different ways, point to the great Advent cry of hope from the prophet, Isaiah:
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
and fulfilled in John’s Gospel:
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world.
Advent is a season of expectation – we eagerly anticipate and prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus, our new born King and hope that He will soon return in Glory. It is a penitential season too, where we consider also our sinful nature and how this separates us from a close relationship with God. So, we journey throughout the weeks of Advent from our own darkness into His glorious light.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the choir, choristers, organists, musicians and Miles Quick, our Musical Director, for all the hard work they have put into preparing for From Darkness to Light. If you have never been to this service, why not come tomorrow evening at 7.00pm? Don’t forget, too, that the very special Service of Lessons and Carols will happen on 17th December at 6.30pm.