St Andrews Church, Taunton

Reaching lives for change and hope

Newsletter


18th APRIL 2021


THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

10.00am Parish Eucharist

Half an hour after the service:

Online Zoom Coffee


Collect: Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father.


Readings:  Acts 3.12-19, 1 John 3.1-7, Luke 24.36b-48


Post Communion: Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in all his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


For your prayers:

All those across the world affected by the Coronavirus; the sick and the frightened

For all medical professionals and researchers

The residents and staff of care homes, including those in our parish - Cedar Lodge, Aspen Court and Northway House

The sick and those who have died

Bishop Peter, Bishop Ruth and their families

RIP:  Mike Izzard


His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

The following message, as shared by Robin on our Facebook page last Friday, has been added to the Church of England's online book of condolence on behalf of all at St Andrew's Church Taunton:

“Our love, prayers and condolences go out to Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We give thanks for his life as husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and for his decades of tireless public service. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”  

If you wish to add a personal message, you may do so here: His Royal Highness Prince Philip book of condolence | The Church of England

Robin will be holding a Facebook live broadcast from the Vicarage at 6.00pm on Friday, 16 April - the night before the state funeral.

Information Update:

  • The Church will be open for private prayer on Sundays - 12 noon to 3.30pm and Thursdays - 9.00am to 12.30pm.

  • The Parish Office will remain closed to visitors.

  • For enquiries about the Church Hall, please contact Lesley Jones.
  • This year's APCM will be held on Sunday 23rd May, after the 10.00am service.
  • Katy Gough is off duty 12-19 April.

St Andrew's Sunday Coffee Chat via ZOOM

Join us for ‘Zoom Coffee’ on Sundays which will start 30 minutes after the service finishes to enable people to get home if they are attending in person.  Make a cuppa and join us for a chat for as long as you like.  It would be good to see you.

 

Zoom Morning Prayer - Tuesdays at 9am

Around 8 of us are enjoying beginning the day together once a week on Zoom with a time of prayer and Bible readings. There is usually time for a chat afterwards too in our meeting, which lasts for 40 minutes. All are welcome to join us. No books or apps are needed as all the words are shared on the screen from the Church of England website. 

If you would like the zoom access codes, please contact the Parish Administrator by email - standrewstaunton@gmail.com

REFLECTION

Luke 24.36b-48

“Peace be with you”


The last time I preached in church was on the fourth Sunday of Advent and we looked at the words of the Angel Gabriel to Mary “Do not be afraid”.


Today we hear from Jesus his words to his disciples “Peace be with you”.

Is this the same message as we heard in Advent or is this different? Is this a new message for Easter?

 

Just think about all that has happened between those two Sundays and between those two promises.

For Jesus, we have witnessed his birth; welcomed him with the Kings; we have been in the desert for forty days and nights as he was tempted; and over recent days shouted “Hosanna” with the crowds in Jerusalem and then walked alongside him to the cross and rejoiced in his resurrection.

For us, we have been in lockdown through the long, dark days of January; we have cautiously welcomed the spring; and in March have been able to make tentative steps outside to meet friends and family again.
And in the last week we can go shopping, have our hair cut and have a meal outside with friends.

We have shared services online and through newsletters, through phone calls and safely distanced visits and then on Mothering Sunday we were able to come back into the church building and share worship physically together.
On Easter Day St Andrew’s was as full as we were allowed to be and the sense of relief that we were back was palpable. 

We, like the disciples, have been through a rollercoaster of emotions. For them they were felt over a highly charged week, for us over several long drawn out months.

But at the end of a long, confusing, bewildering Easter day, into the midst of the disciples steps Jesus, and he says “Peace be with you”.
These are his first words to the disciples.

How would they react?
Can you picture their faces as he comes silently into the locked room?
Can you see their disbelief as they hold onto each other and then realise it is true what the women told them this morning?

How do we feel when Jesus steps into our lives and says to us “Peace be with you”?

Peace is not merely an absence of war, some paper agreement to hold off the enemy.
Peace is the word “Shalom” – a much richer, deeper, life changing gift.
Shalom means peace
harmonywholenesscompleteness and tranquillity.
It speaks to us of “wellbeing” in its truest and fullest sense.

Peace is something that we need for ourselves and for the whole world at this time.

And Peace is not a gift for us that we can cling onto and just keep for ourselves.
Peace is also for those who are far off, or for those down the road and for those who are dear to us.

Peace involves reconciliation; it may require forgiveness and a new beginning.

The words of Jesus then are a comfort to us but also a challenge.
Just as Jesus came to the disciples and as he comes to us, his body bears the marks of his suffering on the cross.

Easter joy does not simply mean life that is pain-free. We are called to be an Easter people bringing peace and love and hope to a world in pain.


God sent his Son, the Prince of Peace, because he loves the world so much.


Now he sends us, his followers, in the same way. We can’t go into the world in our own strength but with the power of the Holy Spirit within us.
With Christ within, we have all the resources we need.


The disciples went out into a new world, creating a new church, a new faith and the start of something wonderful.


As we emerge from lockdown, we too are venturing into a new world, a world where trust will need to be rekindled and a world which is desperate for that hope and love and peace.

As Robin said on Easter Day we need to seek a “re-newed normal” both in church and without.


“Peace be with you” – a different message?


Maybe - but one that has to be recalled beside and together with the voice of the angels “Do not be afraid”.

During the Communion service we share “The Peace” – when we do this, let us just pause a moment and consider exactly what we it is that we are offering – a gift indeed.


Amen

Ruth Cook


HYMNS OF THE WEEK


HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest yesterday afternoon following his funeral service in St George's Chapel Windsor.


Prince Philip had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and as a tribute to him I have chosen 'Eternal Father Strong to Save' as the choice for our Hymn of the Week.



Eternal Father, strong to save,
whose arm doth bind the restless wave,
who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
its own appointed limits keep:

O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

O Saviour, whose almighty word
the winds and waves submissive heard,
who walkedst on the foaming deep,
and calm amid its rage didst sleep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

 

O sacred Spirit, who didst brood
upon the chaos dark and rude,
who bad’st its angry tumult cease,
and gavest light and life and peace:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

O Trinity of love and power,
our brethren shield in danger's hour;
from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
protect them wheresoe'er they go;
and ever let there rise to thee
glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

 

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8y86qnKkmM

 

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord.
Who can compare with the beauty of the Lord?
Forever He will be the Lamb upon the throne
I gladly bow my knee and worship him alone

I will proclaim the glory of the risen Lord
Who once was slain to reconcile the world to God


Forever You will be the Lamb upon the throne
I gladly bow my knee and worship you alone


OTHER NOTICES


For Sale

1 x 16'0 long church pew.  Offers invited.

Enquiries to the Parish Office – standrewstaunton@gmail.com / 01823 332531.

Children’s Society Blue Box Scheme 

I have now heard from the Children’s Society that I can complete this year’s opening of the Blue Boxes.  I am grateful to those contributors who gave me their boxes at the beginning of the year (before lockdown) but I would now like to complete the process as soon as possible.  If you are able to bring your box to a Sunday service I would be most grateful, or alternatively do please get in touch with me, either by phone or by email (jpaynter@talktalk.net) and I will arrange collection.  Thank you very much, Janet Paynter

Electoral Roll Update
The Electoral Roll is currently being revised as per the dates already advertised.

As the APCM date has been changed to 23rd May, the Revised Roll will now be displayed from 9th to 23rd May.

Ruth Cook, Electoral Roll Officer

easyfundraising

Thanks to 16 supporters, St Andrew’s Church has just received £30.14 to add to £351 raised to date via easyfundraising!

Thanks to everyone who's helped make a BIG difference during this difficult time by raising donations for us. If you're not supporting St Andrew's Church, Taunton yet, and place lots of orders, or arrange insurances etc via the internet, please sign up.  It takes 2 minutes & 4,500+ shops will donate to us for free every time you shop with easyfundraising.  Visit the website on https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/standrewschurchtaunton/payments/60537b0af62fd200266cbd30/ to find out how easy it is!  Thank you.

Church Services by Telephone – free

A reminder of this service launched earlier in the year by The Archbishop of Canterbury.  This is a free national phone line which brings worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections, as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

 
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services.


NEXT SUNDAY



25th April 2021

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

10.00am Parish Eucharist

Half an hour after the service:

Online Zoom Coffee


Readings


Acts 4.5-12, 1 John 3.16-end, John 10.11-18









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