A monthly letter
March ends Lent with Holy Week, Easter Sunday being 1st April. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday 25th March. Summer time begins that day so it is good that the service this year is a Benefice one to be held at Rimpton at 10.45. Lots of time to get over losing an hour's sleep. We are using each of our Churches for one event in Holy Week this year but having a service on Easter Day in every Church.
This will be the first Benefice Palm Sunday. It will begin by gathering at the end of the road where the Church is, for the blessing of palm crosses and then following the donkey to Church, to remember Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem. We know that a procession with palms was held in Jerusalem as long ago as the 4th century, with the reading of what is called the Passion Narrative. This is taken from one of the gospels, telling us about all the events of the last week of Jesus' life. This will be done by people reading the parts of all the characters involved and the congregation being the crowd. This year we will be using Mark's Gospel, the shortest and most direct of the Stories of Jesus and maybe the earliest account of Jesus' life.
A Diary of Lent and Holy Week
Friday 2nd March Women's World Day of Prayer 2.30pm Marston Magna Church
“All God's Creation is very good”, prepared by the women of Suriname, followed by refreshments.
A joint service with Queen Camel Benefice
Tuesday 6th March Lent Group on the Psalms Mudford Village Hall 7.30pm
Tuesday 13th March Lent Group Mudford Village Hall 7.30pm
Wednesday 14th March Lent Lunch in aid of the British Red Cross.12.30 Rimpton Village Hall £5
Monday 19th Deanery Synod with Bishop Peter, Holy Trinity Church, Yeovil 7,15pm
Everyone is welcome to come and meet the Bishop.
Palm Sunday 25th March
Maundy Thursday 29th March 7pm Mudford Church
We remember the Last Supper shared by Jesus and his disciples.
Good Friday 30th March An hour at the Cross 12 noon Marston Magna
Music and Poetry for Good Friday 7pm Mudford Church
Holy Saturday 8pm Easter Vigil. We first held this last year. We begin with a new fire outside the Church to symbolize Jesus' resurrection and light candles from it. There are readings in darkness so a torch may be a good idea to supplement the candles. Then the lights go on with a great joyful noise when we get to the resurrection, so you need an instrument to play, keys, spoon and tin plate, bell, anything to make a joyful noise. (Kirk had brought an oboe reed last year which I was very pleased to manage to “crow!”) We then renew our Baptismal vows around the font and end with a celebratory drink and nibbles. (A bit shorter than Theological College when the readings went on all night and we ended with breakfast before we went home.)
To end, a quote from Gerard Hughs, a spiritual writer.
“The tomb was near at hand, they laid Jesus there.” John19.42
“This is my body given for you”. “Unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit” “The Spirit, who lived in Jesus and raised him from the dead, now lives in you.”
Christ is risen. He is risen indeed alleluia-
It is very strange writing 2018 for the first time. First of all, thank you for all the lovely Christmas cards. I love enjoying them hung from a ribbon with tiny gold and silver pegs. I feel quite sad when the decorations come down on Twelfth Night. I then get out the hyacinth bulbs which have been under the stairs and am reminded of the coming of Spring and longer days. This leads us to Easter and the celebration of more hope as we remember the Resurrection of Jesus.
The New Year brings in the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the First Sunday of Christmas and then four Sundays of Epiphany. At the Feast of Epiphany, 6th January, we remember the Magi or Wise Men coming to greet the Christ child. I have had lots of cards this year depicting the Wise Men. This will be celebrated with an Epiphany Carol Service with the Benefice Choir, to be held in Mudford at 4pm on Sunday 7th January.
The next important date in January is Sunday 21st when the Benefice Project for 2017 is officially ended. Mike and Kersten Wakely from Starfish Asia will be coming to tell us how the money has been used. Starfish Asia is a registered charity which seeks to bring Education and Hope to the poorest children in Pakistan. Lots of fund raising activities have been going on across the Benefice and our target of £1500 has more then been doubled. I think the fact that we have been kept informed of how exactly the money is used makes a big difference and when you know money is not going into administration. A little money spent in Pakistan goes a long way. A Big Thank You to all who have made the Benefice Project of 2017 such a success.
I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year of 2018
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