Weekly Parishes Update – 9th June

Dear Friends

Today (9th June) is St Columba’s Saint’s Day.  Columba was an Irish Abbot who, having established a number of monasteries in his native Ireland, arrived on the Scottish island of Iona in the mid 6th Century.  It is said that he travelled from Ireland to Iona in a coracle; a tiny rawhide boat.  Having arrived on Iona he helped develop the monastery there, and in effect brought Christianity to Scotland.  Towards the end of his life Columba made it his work to transcribe the Gospels so that they could be used for mission and to spread Christianity as far as possible.  To this day the Christian community on Iona has a hugely influential ministry, and the island is an important place of pilgrimage.


The Collect for St Columba:

Almighty God,

who filled the heart of Columba

with the joy of the Holy Spirit

and with deep love for those in his care:

may your pilgrim people follow him,

strong in faith, sustained by hope,

and one in the love that binds us to you;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




Church based:

Sunday 13th June – Trinity 2

10am:             Holy Communion – St Michael’s Chaffcombe

                        Morning Worship – St Mary’s Thorncombe



Thursday 10th June – TEZ

7:30pm:          Compline.  Live online on Zoom: 


Meeting ID: 859 2035 4599

Passcode: twoshires


Sunday 13th June

An online service will be available to view from anytime on Sunday 13th June through YouTube or our website.  This Sunday will be a service of Morning Worship in the Celtic Tradition using liturgy from Iona.



Please remember in your prayers Charlotte Down & Nick Hawker who are getting married in St Mary’s, Thorncombe, this Friday.  Also, Michael Mutch and his family as he is Baptised in St John’s, Tatworth, this Sunday.

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; Tom Down; Mary Marsh; Diana Kershaw.


We remember all those whom we love but see no longer, and pray for all those bereaved.  We remember Kenneth ‘Ringo’ Gough whose funeral was held in St Stephen’s, Winsham, last Friday.



SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK – Mark 4:26-34 – The Parable of the Growing Seed


26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.


A Blessing from the Iona Community:

May God

be a bright flame before you,

a guiding star above you,

a smooth path below you,

a kindly shepherd behind you,

today and tomorrow and for ever.






Rev’d Philip

The Reverend Philip Butcher
Rector – Two Shires Benefice (Tatworth, Thorncombe, Winsham, Chaffcombe & Cricket Malherbie)
The Vicarage
3 Home Farm
TA20 2SH
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