Rector’s letter

Dear FriendsThe Jubilee weekend was fantastic!  Well done, and a huge thank you, to everyone who had anything to do with planning, preparation, and delivery of so many amazing displays, events and services.  Thank you also to all the organisations and parish councils who were so generous with supporting the Jubilee in so many ways across the communities.  

I couldn’t get to everything across every parish in the Benefice (I think that would have required a Tardis!) but it was truly inspiring to see the outpouring of so many people’s gifts and be part of such a sense of joy.  You will all have your own special memories of the Jubilee I’m sure!  Mine is probably winning the wooden spoon at the bbq and quiz on Saturday night…
I would love to put together a Jubilee album of photos from around the Benefice that could be shared.  I have taken quite a few myself, but I would be delighted if anyone who would like to could email anything that they have taken that might be useful!  It was a once in a lifetime event and it would be very special to save some memories for the future.
It was also Pentecost Sunday on the 5th June.  Traditionally this is the day that we celebrate the gift of the Spirit upon all Christians; remembering the arrival of the Holy Spirit with the disciples who had been waiting and praying in Jerusalem after Jesus’ Ascension to heaven 10 days earlier.  The Holy Spirit fills and equips us to live lives to the full in the footsteps of Christ.  We are told by St Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians (12:4-12):
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.  For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
The Jubilee weekend has, in many ways, been a living example of the spirit of Pentecost.  It has been a time of togetherness through diversity (one body); a time of outpouring of passions, skills and gifts; and a time of great joy!  SERVICES THIS WEEK AND NEXT
Saturday 11 June 
2pm Wedding (Woodruff / Vincent) – St Mary’s, Cricket Malherbie – Rev’d Philip
3pm Wild Church – Outside St John’s, Tatworth – Rev’d Michelle
Sunday 12 June (Trinity Sunday)
8am BCP Holy Communion – St Stephen’s, Winsham – Rev’d Philip
10am Morning Worship – St Mary’s, Thorncombe – Lay Team
10:30am Holy Communion – St Michael’s, Chaffcombe – Rev’d Michelle (Rev’d Philip preaching)
2pm – Baptism – St John’s, Tatworth – Rev’d Michelle
4pm – APCM & Evening Prayer – St Stephen’s, Winsham – Rev’d Philip
Wednesday 15 June
9:30am Said Holy Communion – St Mary’s, Thorncombe – Rev’d Terri
Sunday 19th June (Trinity 1)
10am Holy Communion – St John’s, Tatworth – Rev’d Terri
10am Morning Worship – St Stephen’s, Winsham – Lay Team
6:30pm Service of Light – St Mary’s, Thorncombe – Lay Team
We remember those who we love but see no longer, and keep all who mourn in our prayers.  We especially hold the families and friends of the following in prayer:
Mrs Palmer (Cricket Malherbie), funeral at Taunton Crematorium on 15th June at 1pm.
Marjorie Emmett (Tatworth), funeral in St John’s Tatworth on 16th June at 1:30pm.
Joan Foote (Tatworth & Thorncombe), funeral in St John’s Tatworth on 28th June at 10:30am.
From within our communities please also pray for all those you know are struggling, including:Dave Boyland; Terri Boyland; Sheila Clement; John and Wendy Cotton; Hannah Knott; Jan Knott; Mary Marsh; Tony Taylor; Rosemary Walton; Margaret Bandy; Dorothy White, Tony Meech, Di Nicholls, Hester Down, Stella Hutchison.
In Celebration
Congratulations to Edward Rendell – baptised in St John’s on 29th May!  Also to Gemma Evans and David Brown, married in Winsham on 4th June; and Katrina Herrod and Luke Edwards, married in Thorncombe also on 4th June.
Alex Woodruff and Jonathan Vincent are getting married this Saturday in Cricket Malherbie.
Banns being read this Sunday for Archie Cunningham and Laura Long, both of Croydon, getting married in Thorncombe on 23 July.
The Collect for Trinity Sunday
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.
The Reverend Philip ButcherRector – Two Shires Benefice (Tatworth, Thorncombe, Winsham, Chaffcombe & Cricket Malherbie)The Vicarage3 Home FarmTatworthChardTA20 2SH01460 221286PASTORAL EMAILS – please to: twoshiresrector@gmail.comHOME 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!

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