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E-mail received regarding Zimbabwe

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR ZIMBABWE

SUNDAY 27TH April, 2008.

A message from Bob Stumbles; Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Harare. 19.04.2008

A desperate cry from the hearts of Zimbabwe screams across the world. It calls upon all Christians of every denomination in every nation to focus their prayers, in churches, halls, homes or elsewhere, on Sunday 27th April, 2008 on the critical situation in Zimbabwe, a nation in dire distress and teetering on the brink of human disaster.

Let the cry for help touch your heart and mind. Let it move you to do what you can immediately to ensure this DAY OF PRAYER takes place in your country and neighbourhood.

Please pass on this message right now to all the churches and Christian organisations known to you and to the media as well as to everyone anxious to rescue Zimbabwe from violence, the concealing and juggling of election results, deceit, oppression and corruption, and to bring about righteousness, joy, peace, compassion, honesty, justice, democracy and freedom from fear and want.

May a continual strong stream of prayer and supplication flow up to the Lord on behalf of all the people on this DAY OF PRAYER, exhorting His divine intervention throughout the nation.

“It is by making the truth publicly known that we recommend ourselves to the honest judgment of mankind in the sight of God.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:2)

SOME ADVICE TO ZIMBABWEANS
  • “Who so putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)
  • “Stand fast, and do not let yourselves be caught again in the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
  • “Make no mistake, you cannot cheat God.” (Galatians 6:7)
  • “Do not be overcome by evil but overcame evil with good” (Romans 12:21)
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Michael's Message May 2008

Michael’s Message An occasional letter from the Vicar, letting you know what’s happening in our village church.

Amidst all the regular Sunday services there is a whole raft of other activities that St Michael’s engages in: here are a few examples.

Weekday services are held on Tuesdays at 9.30am and Fridays at 8.15am. These are short Communion services lasting 30 minutes; they are simple and uncomplicated forms of worship designed put people in the right frame of mind at the start of the day. Tuesday is usually light-hearted but respectful; Friday is quiet and contemplative.

Buttle Close: we are very lucky on Shepton to have the facilities offered in Buttle Close. Vicky is a wonderful Warden and the people who live in the Close are an example of caring community spirit. Once a month, Joan Kennedy leads an act of worship, prayer and song (especially song! Anne plays the keyboard) mainly for the residents, but lots of others from the village also attend. Next services in Buttle Close Common Room: 1st May& 5th June at 11.30

Schools and Playgroups: a great school and playgroup; what more could we want for our children? On Friday mornings at 9.15am, the top class from school go to church for Assembly, where we explore what Christianity has meant through the ages and what it means, in Shepton, in the 21st Century. Parents are welcome to attend. At the same time Joan leads a similar exploration for the younger children in the school itself. On Wednesdays I visit the Playgroup and read a story which is usually about how we inter-act with other people – but sometimes its just a good, fun story!!!

Special Service: 11th May Whit Sunday – Celtic Prayers 5.00 A service of quiet prayers and music in the Celtic tradition.

Special Service: 22nd May – Corpus Christi 7.00pm Corpus Christi is translated as “the Body of Christ”, his sacrifice for us commemorated in the Last Supper, shared with his closest friends. This became the Communion service where we celebrate his sacrifice for us and his continued presence among us.

4th May 10.00am Family Service with Joan Kennedy. Thirty minutes of worship, music and stories, designed for those young of heart or of years (or both!) All ages catered for in this relaxed and gentle service.

4th, 11th & 25th May 11.15am Sung Mass (Vicar 4th & 25th: Nigel Whinney 11th) This style of this service harks back to mediaeval times but died out during during the Civil War when the Puritans implemented a very austere form of worship and living. It was brought back to our village by Father Stuckey Coles in the middle of the nineteenth century when the Oxford Movement revived this style of worship to reflect the hope and glory of Heaven in our praise and worship of God. A reverent and respectful service, but with a hint of humour and a focus on the practical realities of life as reflected in Our Lord’s word and mission.

20th May 10.00 Family Eucharist with the Vicar, Jesus shared the Last Supper with his friends and the Family Eucharist is the means by we offer his sacrament to our village. Different in style from the Sung Mass, this is the service for all who are confident in their faith, exploring or questioning. Jesus invites you to his supper: come & find out what it means to you. A good service for children and young adults.

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Michael's Message - April 2008

An occasional letter from the Vicar, letting you know what’s happening in our village church.

March has been a full and fun month with lots of activities and services leading up to Easter.

Mothering Sunday saw lots of people of all ages come along to church to celebrate all that Mothers do for us: and it wasn’t just children bringing Mum along. Many older people amongst the congregation came to remember their mums who have passed on or, where there were people who have not had particularly good relationships, this was a time to forgive, forget and move on. Lead by Joan Kennedy, this was a gentle and relaxed service for everyone.

Palm Sunday ….. what can I say ….. not the most traditional service I’ve ever lead but, with the help of Father Mark (a RN Chaplain) and some donkeys, the church was full of people and filled with happiness, laughter and fun. Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the start of Holy Week, we re-enacted his journey on the back of a donkey by processing around the church with two of Sarah Bucks rescue donkeys, everyone carrying palm crosses or waving palm branches. Then back inside for a very meaningful sermon by Fr Mark and his two lovely young assistants (!!) and an act of Communion.

Holy Week: as an addition to our usual weekly assemblies in school, Joan devised a daily re-enactment of the story of Jesus’ last days for the children from the school and playgroup, and a number of parents turned up each day as well. Each day Joan told part of the Gospel Story whilst the senior children acted the part of the characters and the younger ones joined in as the crowds and spectators. You could see the seriousness in the children’s faces, but they went away with much more understanding of what actually went on and how difficult it must have been for all involved in the original story.

When What & Who - April @ St. Michaels

6th April

10.00am Family Service with Joan Kennedy

Thirty minutes of worship, music and stories, designed for those young of heart or of years (or both!) All ages catered for in this relaxed and gentle service.

6th & 27th April

11.15am Sung Mass with the Vicar

This style of this service harks back to mediaeval times but died out during after the Civil War when the Puritans implemented a very austere form of worship and living. It was brought back to our village by Father Stuckey-Coles in the middle of the nineteenth century when the Oxford Movement revived this style of worship to reflect the hope and glory of Heaven in our praise and worship of God. A reverent and respectful service, but with a hint of humour and a focus on the practical realities of life as reflected in Our Lord’s word and mission.

13th April

11.15am Sung Mass with Rev’d Nigel Whinney

Same style of worship as above; Nigel brings with him, a lifetime of experience as a Pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, as Seaman in small ships and as a Commanding Officer in operational area. He leads worship with a gentle authority and a quiet confidence and focuses on making this service meaningful to the modern world.

20th April

10.00 Family Eucharist with the Vicar

Jesus shared the Last Supper with his friends and the Family Eucharist is the means by we offer his sacrament to our village. Different in style from the Sung Mass, this is the service for all who are confident in their faith, exploring or questioning. Jesus invites you to his supper: come & find out what it means to you.

Fr. Geoff

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