Another full-on week which had some definite highlights. The Ascension Day service was well attended and felt good; On Thursday, Louise’s birthday meal at the Riviera in Sidmouth was lovely; with the help of my in-laws we built a scarecrow ready for the festival next weekend; On Friday we attended the wine tasting event in aid of St. Peter’s church (it’s a hard job but somebody’s got to do it), raising over £700 for the cause; Greek in Torquay; Archdeacon’s visitation service was packed on Monday night; and finally forward planning for a fortnight away to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
As a friend remarked…I’ve lost weight.
We will be away in Cape Verde for a couple of weeks so this is the last email for three weeks. The next time I will be presiding in the RMC will be on the 30th June for the patronal festival at St. Peter’s. For each patronal festival the other two churches will close and join together in the church whose patronal festival it is – so see you all then.
Last Sunday was the seventh Sunday of Easter and one of the themes was Freedom in Christ. If you’d like to read what I said just click here; http://revmartinjacques.blogspot.com/
Next Sunday is Pentecost
For the last Sunday before my hols I am at All Saints, Otterton’s service is cancelled to cover the open gardens day, and Karen is at St. Peter’s. In Prosaic terms Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the Birthday of the church so “Happy birthday everybody”
Acts 2: 1-21. Among the gifts of Pentecost was mutual understanding and excitement so great that people supposed they were drunk, and Peter able to recognise this work of God for what it was and prophesy boldly to the assembled crowd. Understanding, excitement and bold prophesy should be the marks of the church today also
Romans 8: 14-17. When we pray the words “Our Father” do we stop to consider the audaciousness of addressing God as Father and not just “my” Father but “Our” Father. The church is a family that shares family characteristics no matter how institutionally we are divided.
John 14: 8-17. When you see Jesus you see the character, nature and purposes of God the Father, and when the Spirit of both settles on our hearts that Spirit becomes our advocate and guide for ever.
Wine tasting event
This series of nights arranged by the friends of St. Peter’s raised over £700. Each night featured a certain country and when we went it was Australian wines. Five whites and five reds were tasted and described by a wine expert accompanied by canapes. Thanks to Betty and her team for organising these evenings which drew quite a lot of people from outside the congregation and to everyone who provided the food – well done!
Date for your diary
The next Dinner club evening at East Devon Golf club is set for 29th July at 7pm. We plan a slightly different format which will take advantage of what we hope will be a lovely summer evening. It will take the form of a buffet with a welcome drink on the veranda taking advantage of the beautiful views. We will still eat together coming together to listen to my wife Professor Louise Jacques talk to us. It should be cheaper as well! Watch this space for further details when I get back off my hols.
East Budleigh Scarecrow festival
Speaking of “friends”, the friends of All Saints church East Budleigh organise this gargantuan festival annually and the amount of work that needs to be done to prepare is amazing. Thank you in anticipation to Paul Kurowski and the entire committee for what promises to be another successful year. For a full programme via our wonderful web site just click here. https://www.raleighmissioncommunity.org.uk/uploads/1/4/7/3/14736256/scarecrow_festival_programme_2019.pdf
Otterton open gardens
Still another friends event in Otterton, also on Sunday 9th June, when the good people of the village open their gardens to raise money for St. Michael’s church. Because parking is tight a field at the bottom of Bell street is being given over as a car park. Lunches will be available at the village Hall. Tickets together with a plan of the gardens are available at Bell street, and the community shop and the village Hall.
We played a little game of Desert Island discs together and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that music accompanies pivotal moments in our lives. It brings back memories and you can get lost in nostalgia. Here’s ”True colours” by Cyndi Lauper which was one of Louise’s choices (her first dance at a disco); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPn0KFlbqX8
Thought for the day
In a lovely touch the organisers of the classic car show that will take place in our vicarage garden on Sunday will be married at All Saints church at midday and have a kind of informal reception afterwards in our garden (must remember to mow the lawn!). If I can get my car out of my drive, I’ll try to get to Otterton to see some gardens before shooting back to preside at the Scarecrow songs of praise. Hot on the heels of the wine tasting in Budleigh Salterton it is wonderful to se such creative engagement between the churches and their respective communities. One of the benefits of being the “national” church is the presence we enjoy close to the people we serve. Unlike other denominations we are not so much a gathered community (displaying various forms of theological purity) as the local people meeting together to worship God and “serve the people of Devon with Joy” as our Diocesan vision statement puts it.
The Prayer for Today is the Jesus prayer prevalent across the Orthodox world. It is said repeatedly like a Mantra and is said not to gain inner peace but to participate more fully in God’s Grace. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity. Like all ascetic practices it can be difficult to keep up. It can take slightly different forms sometimes without “a sinner” on the end.
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner,”
Love and peace