Weekly Parishes Update – 2nd June

Dear Friends

On this day in 1953 the world witnessed the coronation of the then Princess Elizabeth; crowned Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Nations.  She was just 25 years old and is now the world’s longest reigning living monarch, the world’s oldest monarch, and our longest ever reigning monarch.  We are all incredibly blessed to live in her reign.

2 June 1953 was not only memorable for being the Coronation of The Queen.  It is also the day that the world heard that Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had become the first people to successfully climb, and return from, Mount Everest.  It is a feat that has been repeated many times since, but still remains a fantastically dangerous challenge.

The Coronation is a moment at the beginning of a journey, in the case of The Queen, a journey that is still continuing through countless moments of personal and public history, and with quite extraordinary grace and devotion to service.  The ascent of Everest marked the completion of a long strived for journey.  A very short journey by comparison to the reign of a monarch, but nevertheless world changing in its feat of mind over matter and achievement of what was thought impossible.

In our Christian lives we are devoting our lives to following Jesus.  It is the journey of a lifetime – and not just this one, but also whatever follows.  It is a journey that goes through many twists and turns, ups and downs, and often requires us to problem solve and adapt, just as there are also times when the going may be smooth.  There will be challenges on the way that will often seem unsurmountable.  One of the great obstacles to the summit of Everest is a great lump of rock over which climbers must find a route.  It is now known as the Hillary Step because it was Edmund Hillary who worked it out.  And once it was worked out it became possible for those that came after to follow.

As you reflect on your faith lives, what are the hallmarks of the journey travelled so far?  How does the road ahead look to you?

And if there are obstacles, spend some time studying them!  Don’t ignore them.  You have the tools and the equipment to overcome them!  And where you lead, others will follow.


The prayer for Her Majesty The Queen from the Book of Common Prayer:


O Lord our heavenly Father, high and mighty,

King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes,

who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth;

most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour

to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth;

and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit,

that she may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way:

endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts;

grant her in health and wealth long to live;

strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies;

and finally, after this life, she may attain everlasting joy and felicity;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 





Rotas for Sunday Worship and Midweek Worship are now available online in this link

As we re-introduce Sunday worship in our churches we need to balance our online worship so that we can provide, as far as we are able, what is needed in terms of both public gathered worship and digital availability. 

The rotas are prepared for the summer (June, July and August).  Once a month we will have an online service available on a Sunday on a specific theme, as shown.  Every week during term time we will continue to have live Zoom worship on a Thursday evening at 7:30pm. 


Church based:

Sunday 6th June – Trinity 1

8am:  Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at Forde Abbey

10am:  Holy Communion at St Stephen’s, Winsham

10am:  Morning Worship at St John’s, Tatworth

6:30pm:  Holy Communion at St Mary Magdalene, Cricket Malherbie



This week being half term there will be no TEZ tomorrow.  The next TEZ service is at 7:30pm on 10th June.

If you would like to watch the online Trinity Sunday service from last Sunday you can do so here:





We pray for those we know who are sick, and those we don’t know, including those we are asked to pray by name for:


Hannah Knott; Rob Allen; Lynne and Bruce Applegarth; Phyllis Baker; Margaret Bandy; Sue Bennett; Sue Cheese; Terry Conway; Nick Frankau; David Goodwill; Mike Heywood; Joy Howard; Ann Jarvis; Frank & Celia 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; Max Woehrle; Michael Mutch; Kelvin Yendell; Winnie Barge; Izzie Luty-Wells; Tracy; Mary Butler.


We remember all those whom we love but see no longer, and pray for all those bereaved.  We remember Terry Ward and Kenneth ‘Ringo’ Gough.  Ringo’s funeral is in St Stephen’s, Winsham, this Friday at 11:30am.


Please also pray for the following couples as they prepare for marriage in the next 3 months:


Charlotte Down & Nick Hawker

Lindsay Blackshaw & James Spurdle

Ashleigh Chislett & Keiren Pope

Julie Hampshire & Chris Bingley

Thomas Palmer & Lisa Bicknell

Carl Sheehan & Karen Boyland






Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family[a] heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”


The Alternative Collect for Trinity:

Holy God,

faithful and unchanging:

enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,

and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,

that we may truly worship you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.





Rev’d Philip

The Reverend Philip Butcher
Rector – Two Shires Benefice (Tatworth, Thorncombe, Winsham, Chaffcombe & Cricket Malherbie)
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