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 +====== Best place to start ======
 +Have you ever thought about your relationship with God?   What do you want from him and, just as importantly,​ what does he want from you?   I think that most us go through life without ever really thinking – properly – about this.....we think about our human relationships all the time, but not our spiritual one.
 +What sort of figure do I want God to be; friendly, welcoming and generous like a Father Christmas; strict and benevolent like a headmaster? ​  The church gives us some tools with which to think about this, too help us sort out our feelings; to be more confident in our relationship with our heavenly Father. ​ The Lord's Prayer is a good place to start and there is also the Magnificat – the Song of Mary – used each Sunday at Evensong. ​  ​Perhaps the best place to start is here:
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 +PSALM 23\\ 
 +The Lord is my shepherd: therefore can I lack nothing.\\  ​
 +He shall feed me in green pastures: & lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.\\  ​
 +He shall con vert my soul: and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness for his Name's sake.\\ ​
 +Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:​\\ ​
 +For thou art with me thy rod and thy staff comfort me.\\  ​
 +Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me:\\ 
 +Thou hast anointed my head with oil and my cup shall overflow.\\ ​
 +But thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and\\  ​
 +I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.\\ ​
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 +The Psalm starts with God giving us all good things in beautiful places and teaching us (“Convert my soul”) how to walk the paths he has set for us (“paths of righteousness”) ​  But then the psalm goes on to talk about the dark times in our lives: “the valley of the shadow of death” and how God guards, guides and defends us against all assaults, and how we can be confident of his protection (“I will fear no evil”...”against them that trouble me”)
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 +Finally there are two promises; first that God “shall follow me all the days of my life” each and every day, regardless of what's happening, even if we are too busy to remember him.  Second “ I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever”, ie the Kingdom of God (heaven???​),​ is not just something that we aspire to after death, but a part of this world, here and now.   May God be your shepherd and may you dwell with him eternally.
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 +===== Confirmation =====
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 +As infants many of us are baptised/​christened,​ and during that service our parents and god-parents make promises to help us to explore the Christian faith. ​   When we are older, many of us chose to take these promises on ourselves and “Confirmation” is the service where we do this....we confirm our desire to continue the work begun at baptism, in exploring the faith of Christ.
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 +The process involves attending four “teaching” sessions with me and then attending the Confirmation Service where the candidates are “Confirmed” by the Bishop.
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 +The annual Confirmation Service this year is to be held on the  7th July at 7.00pm. ​  If anyone is interested in this, would they please contact me; if you have not been baptised/​christened then there are still ways of being Confirmed – again, please see me; thank you.   (The Rector) ​
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 +===== From the Church Registers: =====
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 +|6th May|Robert Harris|85 years old|Funeral and burial at Shepton Beauchamp|
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