Dear Friendshttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86192583366?pwd=R1NvdXl4Mk9wb0QrZ0V5dUp1RzQ0QT09Meeting ID: 861 9258 3366 Passcode: 236460 SATURDAY 9th APRIL – WILD CHURCH 3:30 – outside St John’s. Wild Church – fun and fellowship exploring Easter through Creation with activities, story and refreshments. All Welcome! SUNDAY 10th APRIL – PALM SUNDAY 8am – Holy Communion (Said), BCP, St Stephen’s, Winsham – Rev Philip 10:30am – BENEFICE SERVICE. Holy Communion with liturgy of the Palms and the Passion, St Michael’s, Chaffcombe – Rev Michelle. This service will conclude with processing to the village hall for refreshments – ALL Welcome. PRAYERS: Please hold the following people from our parishes in your prayers: Dave Boyland; Sheila Clement; John and Wendy Cotton; Hannah Knott; Mary Marsh; Tony Taylor; Rosemary Walton; Margaret Bandy; Dorothy White, Tony Meech, Di Nicholls. We remember those who we love but see no longer, remembering especially at this time Raymond Haines whose funeral was held in St Mary’s Thorncombe last week. A prayer from The Way of the Cross (Common Worship): Lord Jesus, you entered the garden of fear and faced the agony of your impending death: be with those who share that agony and face death unwillingly this day. You shared our fear and knew the weakness of our humanity: give strength and hope to the dispirited and despairing. To you, Jesus, who sweated blood, be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. My blessings to you all Philip The Reverend Philip Butcher Rector – Two Shires Benefice (Tatworth, Thorncombe, Winsham, Chaffcombe & Cricket Malherbie) The Vicarage 3 Home Farm Tatworth Chard TA20 2SH 01460 221286 PASTORAL EMAILS – please to: email@example.com HOME PRAYER & WORSHIP: https://twoshires.wordpress.comRest Days – Mondays (Tuesdays where following a bank holiday) For non-urgent enquiries please allow up to a week for responses. Mornings are best times for phone contact!As I drove along the A358 between Chard and Tatworth yesterday, an incredibly familiar route, something surprised me that I have never seen before on this road. The traffic had all come to a stop, which is in itself not uncommon, but it wasn’t an HGV, a breakdown, a yacht (yes, plenty of large boats are trucked through on their way to the coast), or thankfully, an accident. It was a flock of sheep. Not just one or two sheep – hundreds of them – being ‘driven’ along the A358 by their shepherds, sheep dogs and a pair of quad bikes. It has to be one of the very few reasons for a traffic jam that makes you smile. For a few minutes we had a noisy sea of fleece flowing around the car – which the kids thought was very exciting, and the dogs thought was Christmas come early. It was a big surprise, but when I reflected on it later it seemed so obviously something that must happen! Sheep do need to be moved to new pastures! The journeys we take on a day to day basis are often very familiar. The same route, the same vehicle, the same reason. They become routine, time in a day when the thing that is happening has almost become subconscious. Our faith lives can be a bit similar, and that can be a real comfort in a pressured and changing world. A rhythm and heartbeat that is always there. Dependable, known, established – routine. When something different happens in the midst of that it can be very challenging, but sometimes it can also be incredibly life giving or affirming. The Easter Story is one of those familiar stories – most of us, I expect, could give a reasonably good account of what happens on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Indeed we recount parts of those narratives every Sunday through the regular words of our worship, week in week out. It is routine, part of our hardwiring as Christians. It is our rhythm of faith – the pulse if you like. The Stations of the Cross (14 prayer stations, each one relating to a specific point on the journey Jesus takes from his trial to his burial) is a Lent and Good Friday tradition that puts that familiar narrative through a different lens, and as such often presents a part of the journey that stops you in your tracks and makes you think. It presents a different understanding, a deeper understanding. One that can challenge, test, make you cry, and even give you hope and encouragement. On Tuesday night we completed our Lent course by following the Stations of the Cross – arranged as a combination of images and physical items. It was a moving experience, engaging with each ‘moment’ through scripture, picture, object, prayer, and movement. It is a way of prayerfully engaging with the Passion in a wholly sensory way and as such it is often a deep experience. Those stations will remain in St John’s so please do have a look. In Winsham Primary the children have made 8 Stations of the Cross, and they are wonderful representations of some of the key moments on Jesus’ journey to the Cross. They are now on display in St Stephen’s and well worth a look. Over the past few days we have also had school visits from all three schools engaging with the journey of Easter. Tatworth and Thorncombe each came for an interactive morning in church, and Winsham held a lovely Easter service of readings and songs, delivered entirely by the children. These were all great events – thank you to all who came and all who planned, delivered and helped! As we make the final steps of Lent this week and into Holy Week, do revisit Jesus’ journey for yourself and look for those things that stand out to you. Ask yourself this question; “why did Jesus do this for me?” Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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 for ever. Amen. SERVICES: TEZ – Tonight at 7:30pm 7 April. A 30 minute online service of reflection, music and prayer, thinking about Jesus’ words on the Cross.