All Hallows Eve (Halloween) is traditionally part of the 3-day Christian festival ‘Allhallowtide’ that is made up of All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. Their origins are very much interlinked. Today as churches we still very much mark All Saints and All Souls, but even there we have sometimes struggled with a disconnect with how to do that ‘neatly’, and we tend to mark them now on the same day.
Halloween has generally evolved into a secular or pseudo spiritual festival that has some questionable influences and is in the main some distance from its Christian origins. However, Christian it certainly was, and it is thought its roots are in the practice of holding vigils from the evening before All Saints Day (and then into All Souls) to prepare for those celebrations. These vigils often had a theme of light, and the use of candles extensively. Our modern-day pumpkin lanterns can be traced back to those practices of using the harvest to adorn places of remembrance.
As we move through this weekend, where you see light in the darkness, pause to think about those people who have been a light for you in your lives. Give thanks for the light of Christ. As we celebrate the Saints, give thanks for those people who have brought you closer to God, who have helped you develop your faith. And as we remember those who we love but see no longer, give thanks for them and their love in your lives.
Here are the words of hymn; For All the Saints:
1 For all the saints, who from their labours rest;
who to the world by faith their Lord confessed,
your name, O Jesus, be for ever blessed:
2 You were their rock, their fortress, and their might;
you, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight,
and in the darkness their unfailing light.
3 So may your soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old
and win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
4 One holy people, fellowship divine!
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine
in earth and heaven the saints in praise combine:
5 And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
faintly we hear the distant triumph-song;
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
6 The golden evening brightens in the west:
soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest,
the peaceful calm of paradise the blessed.
7 But look! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
saints all-triumphant rise in bright array
the king of glory passes on his way!
8 From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest shore
through gates of pearl, ascending, they adore
the Father, Son and Spirit evermore:
Sunday 1 November – 8am Forde Abbey BCP (Rev Philip)
10am Holy Communion for All Saints – Winsham (Rev Philip)
4pm All Souls service – Tatworth (Mary Dewar)
Wednesday 4 November – 11am Holy Communion – Cricket Malherbie (Rev Philip)
Sunday 8 November – Remembrance Sunday (at the War Memorials):
10:45am – Chaffcombe, Tatworth and Thorncombe
3pm – Winsham
Online: Thursday 5th November Zoom at 7:30pm:
Meeting ID: 717 4519 2963
8th November Remembrance Sunday – Video service available at:
Further ahead: 29th November – this will now be a 10am service in Thorncombe for Advent Sunday. It will also be videoed and available online later in the day. More details in due course.
All churches continue to be open during the week for an hour for private individual prayer.
Wednesdays – Tatworth, Cricket Malherbie & Thorncombe at 11am
Thursdays – Chaffcombe & Winsham at 11am
FOR YOUR PRAYERS:
We (the Butcher family!) have been thinking and praying about how to carry out Bethany’s Baptism in these difficult times. It is incredibly important to us that Baptism is about welcoming into our Church Family, and it is also important to us that Bethany is baptised sooner rather than later. Due to restrictions it is not possible for us to hold a Baptism to which we could invite our own family and all the church family – which saddens us greatly.
What we have decided is that we will baptise Bethany privately now, accompanied by only ourselves, Godparents and immediate family. In 2021 we will then carry out a special service of thanksgiving and celebration to formally welcome Bethany into our Church family and also so that we all have an opportunity to renew our baptismal vows.
We would be very grateful for your prayers for Bethany, her Godparents and sponsors, over this weekend.
I polled our kids for things they would like to say ‘thank you’ to God for and things where we might ask for God’s help:
· Thank you for things that are fun! (Duplo, toys, play…)
· Thank you for light
· Thank you for our food
· We pray for the countryside and the environment.
· Animals who share the world with us
· People who don’t have access to water
We also pray for those we know who are sick, and those we don’t know, including those we are asked to pray by name for:
Bishop Peter Hancock; Hannah Knott; Rob Allen; Lynne Applegarth; Phyllis Baker; Margaret Bandy; Sue Bennett; Sue Cheese; Terry Conway; Nick Frankau; Paul Glazier; David Goodwill; Mike Heywood; Joy Howard; Ann Jarvis; Frank Long; Peter McHugh; Diana Rowlands; Ann Ricketts; Jim Tucker; Rosemary Walley; Rosemary Walton; Vivien Wheaton; Alan Wills, Anna Woodward; Pamala Young; Milly granddaughter of Jane & Alan Rudkin; Gillian Muggeridge; Chris Gould; Brian Griffiths; Peter Hathway; Dorothy Down
For the Bereaved – The family & friends of: Rachel Lambert; Mark Lindsey; Meg Terrett; whose funerals are being held this week.
SCRIPTURE FOR THIS WEEK:
Thurs 29 Oct – Eph 6:10-20; Luke 13:31-end
Fri 30 Oct – Phil 1:1-11; Luke 14:1-6
Sat 31 Oct – Phil 1:18-26; Luke 14:1, 7-11
Sun 1 Nov – Rev 7:9-end; Matt 5:1-12 (All Saints); Luke 14:12-14 (All Souls)
Mon 2 Nov – Phil 2:1-4; Matt 1:18-end
Tues 3 Nov – Phil 2:5-11; Luke 14:15-24
Wed 4 Nov – Phil 2:12-18; Luke 14:25-33
Thur 5 Nov – Phil 3:3-8a; Luke 15:1-10
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK:
God of holiness,
your glory is proclaimed in every age:
as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,
inspire us to follow their example
with boldness and joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Alt. Collect for All Saints Day
With every Blessing