Soul food

Dear friends,


It is surprising how nerve wracking singing in a talent show can be! East Budleigh certainly has got talent, and I was astounded by the range of musical ability on show. I was merely a part of a Barbershop octet whose first number was called “Graceful and easy” – anything but, though much fun and money raised for the benefit of All Saints church by the “Friends” (over £700 before expenses). There were two performances at 2.30 and 7.30 so huge thanks to the organisers and participants who made the day very special indeed.

Mothering Sunday

I was at St. Peter’s this morning. It was a lovely service at 10am with Stephen Tanner making his first appearance as our Director of Music. It was a happy occasion that matched the Sunny weather outside. If you’d like to read what I said just click here;

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Stephen relaxing after the service

Next Sunday is the 5th Sunday of Lent

I am in the villages this Sunday and Karen is in St. Peter’s.  

Isaiah 43: 26-21. If the sea represents the forces of chaos in Hebrew iconography, a path or way through it – the “new thing” prophesied in verse 19 – should resonate with Christians as being the way of Christ – the water in the desert, “the well springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14)

Philippians 3: 4-14. Paul explains how knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection has made everything he once prized “rubbish” in comparison and provides the impetus propelling him forwards in his ministry.

John 12: 1-8. In an act of extreme gratitude for the raising of her brother Lazarus, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with extremely expensive perfume. There is a parallel here with the foot washing at the last supper indicating loving service and gratitude towards Jesus outweighing present concerns for the poor voiced by Judas. The gospel is at pains to point out that this concern was actually self interest because he stole from the common purse rather than any genuine concern for poor people.

RMC Away day – 6th April. 10am – 4pm

This will take place at All Saints church in Sidmouth. There is parking available around the church. The reasons for this day are to build relationships across the RMC, to try and discern what GOD wants us to do here and will include teaching on the purpose of the church ending with a celebration Eucharist. Bring your own packed lunch. Signup sheets are in each of the churches.

Lent talks

The speaker today (the 3rd ) is the Baptist minister Julia Henley and she will be speaking on the evangelical tradition of Christian spirituality. 10.30 at Temple and 7.30 at St. Peter’s. The Lent lunch will be at St. Peter’s.

St. Peter’s school end of term Easter Service.

Around 300 children in church on Tuesday plus teachers and a few parents is always going to be a wonderful event. But it means that the technical side, sorting out the overhead screen and linking to the laptop needed doing. James McAdam used to do this of course but now it is down to us. Fran and Chris Parrish were on the scene and when Hannah Jenkins from the school arrived, we worked together to make sure it happened. Teamwork is wonderful – I recommend it. We staged the Last Supper and I washed the headmaster’s feet (because his were the smelliest!). We have agreed that next year the roles will be reversed!

The lighter side!

The Hindu doctrine of reincarnation receives the Bill Bailey treatment in this very funny sketch.

Thought for the day

No matter what you think about Teresa May’s politics or stance on Brexit, I wish I had her constitution. No matter what is thrown at her, how many setbacks she suffers she somehow finds the energy to plough on regardless despite being called every name under the sun by some.

I, in comparison am a wilting flower when it comes to any signs of confrontation and any adverse comments or situation plays on my mind terribly. There is a saying that goes “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”. That is just not true in my opinion because what people say in my experience can have devastating effects. James in his new testament letter appears to agree with me that the tongue is a fire that stains the whole body “set on fire by Hell” and is “a restless evil full of deadly poison.” Brexit has brought out the worst in people unfortunately and abuse is now the name of the game, but this should only encourage Christians to model something different, not only about Brexit but about everything our daily lives together throws at us. Politeness and tolerance is the oil that lubricates civilized society and we should always think before we speak. What was it our mums used to tell us? “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. But as Christians we should go beyond that and positively encourage each other and build each other up in our life and faith. We are to be a blessing to each other.

The Prayer for Today is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


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