Day 11: Thy Kingdom Come – Pentecost

BIBLE READING

Acts 2: 1-47

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ 22 “You that are Israelites,[a] listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth,[b] a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death,[c] because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29 “Fellow Israelites,[d] I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Foreseeing this, David[e] spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah,[f] saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’ 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at[g] the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.”’ 36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,[h] this Jesus whom you crucified.”

The First Converts

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers,[i] what should we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptised, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Life among the Believers 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds[j] to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home[k] and ate their food with glad and generous[l] hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

THOUGHT

It’s not all as it should be, is it?

Those friendships. That situation. That difficulty. Not to mention the pain and hardship in the lives of others around the world that you just can’t bring yourself to imagine. And because all is not well with the state of the world – we pray: Thy Kingdom Come.
We pray: Jesus, please bring change, make thing different as only you can.
But before we do –  just one thing.
If you dare to pray this prayer, be ready that God will take you far more joyfully and seriously than you take yourself. Be prepared not just to look on as an observer, but to take a full part in His mission to see His Kingdom Come.
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Day 10: Thy Kingdom Come – Silence

DAILY NOVENA – SILENCE

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh God of the new day, Your Son Jesus knew what it meant to watch and wait through the dark silence of the longest night. Teach us how to wait with heaven’s indrawn breath on tiptoe with anticipation, until all of our being reaches towards you, all our desire is for you, and all our onward movement is for your Kingdom coming.
Amen.

THOUGHT

Stop.

Your head. Your hands. Your feet.
Breathe in deeply.
Hold it.
Breathe out.
Take 10 breaths.
And listen to the quiet. The noise of the silence.
Allow God to fill the space.
Now what?
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Day 9: Thy Kingdom Come – Celebrate

DAILY NOVENA – CELEBRATE

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain. (Isaiah 25:6-10)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh gentle God, You cross all the barriers of separation; longing to be near us, you wipe away our tears, you shower us with precious gifts; your comfort soothes away our shame. May we spread the word that you have spread a table – and that all are welcome at your feast.
Amen.

THOUGHT

THERE’S JUST SO LITTLE THAT WE GET EXCITED ABOUT… CELEBRATE

Apart from our favourite things of course. But we are so ‘meh’ about nearly everything else. So little impresses us. So little really stirs us to deep joy. Because of this, we can bring our general boredom with life into how we see and think about God.
We’re a bit bored with faith too. Our eyes are so distracted by the million everyday things around us, we never let it sink in: we know the God – the maker and holder of the whole universe. We are loved and have been given life for ever. We have reason to live and light to live by. These are things to celebrate… but so often we almost give them the ‘whatever’. So in the boring, grey ‘meh’ of our everyday lives, look up today. Let’s realise the awe and wonder of God, hiding in plain sight just beyond the ‘meh.’
Why not take some time today to list the things you know about God that are so beyond ‘whatever’? Surely they’re worth celebrating…
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Day 8: Thy Kingdom Come – Adore

DAILY NOVENA – ADORE

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. […] And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!” The shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. […] The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:8, 13-18, 20 abr.)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh revealing God, as we stand transfixed in an unexpected place, crumpled and surprised to find ourselves here, invited, yet uncertain on the threshold, help us to recognise our gorgeous Lord Jesus. Drawn in, may we kneel in wonder. May we go away changed. May we draw others to the stable too.
Amen.

THOUGHT

Why are so many of us so desperate to be famous?

Maybe it’s because really, we’re just desperate to be loved. No, more than that: adored.
We see celebrities, singers and actors in front of their legions of fans and imagine what it must be like to have that many people obsessing over your every move.
Except of course, even those people don’t live as if they’re adored. Because deep down, even they don’t trust that the love directed at them could ever be true.
Like them, we know ourselves, and we know that we’re not really that adorable.

There’s one person who truly is, and his name is Jesus. And even though he knows everything about us, he chooses to adore us. Even though we might not deserve it, we truly are adored.
This is the thing we all hope for… and it’s true for us. How will it change your day today to really know – deep down – that you are loved and adored by the God who made the universe?

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Day 7: Thy Kingdom Come – Help

DAILY NOVENA – HELP

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven […] I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:1-5, 11-12)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh faithful God, help us to find our way through the crowd to you. Grant us faith to rip off the roof so we may see your face; help us not to mind the mess when we bring others into your presence for the first time. And if we should ourselves be paralysed by fear and indecision bless us with friends who will place us before your eyes and entreat your healing.
Amen.

THOUGHT

Most of us find it hard to ask for help.

Whether it’s being stuck on an impossible level of a video game, or struggling to complete a piece of work, our stubbornness and pride can be our biggest enemies.
Who likes admitting they haven’t got what it takes? It’s ludicrous, but we live with the lie that strength is found in having it all together.
God invites us to see the world the other way around. To admit you’re weak is to be strong. To come clean that you’re broken, is actually to be whole. To ask for help shows how together you really are.
Jesus is here. Right by your side to help you. Put down your stubbornness and pride, and let him.
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Day 6: Thy Kingdom Come – Pray for

DAILY NOVENA – PRAY FOR

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-12)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh God of invitation, as we stand at the door, as we ask the hard questions, as we search you out, may we sense you already at work preparing a feast of answers, drawing us over the threshold and satisfying all our hungers.
Amen.

THOUGHT

Some people work out.

Committed to working on those six packs or getting Beach Body Ready. Some people lift weights to strengthen their shoulders. But some of the weights we really have to carry are too heavy for anyone to bear alone.
Prayer is simply refusing to carry things ourselves. It is the practice of loading the things that are too heavy for us onto the shoulders of Jesus.
And when we do, we find that there is not a burden, not a person, not a situation that he wasn’t carrying already. When we whisper our prayers for the things we carry – if we listen closely enough – we hear back the whisper that he has been praying for them already.
Don’t bear your own burdens. Or those of others. Pray for them by loading them onto Jesus. And listen in to what he is already praying for.
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Day 5: Thy Kingdom Come – Offer

DAILY NOVENA – OFFER

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

They brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” She left him there for the Lord. (1 Samuel 1:25b-28)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh self-surrendering God, you are glad for each gift we offer up to you. As Hannah let go of everything she had prayed for, everything she had longed for, everything you blessed her with, it seems her heart did not break and that you blessed her more. So in our letting go of everything we pray for, and everything we long for, may we too know your blessing breaking in our lives.
Amen.

THOUGHT

There’s a famous old story about five thousand hungry people with no food. 

The gig had gone late, and no-one had expected it. The only person to plan ahead was one lad with a bit of bread and fish. In Jesus’ hands, that’s all that was needed to feed all 5,000.
Sometimes it can feel like there’s so much need in the world. Five thousand, five million times more problems than we could possibly seek to solve. What on earth have we got to offer God, when we have so little? The amount is never the issue. It’s simply about our willingness to give it all.
And hold nothing back for ourselves.
All through history, the people who’ve seen God do the most, have simply given him everything, even if they didn’t have very much.
Today, whatever you have to give – your time, your skills, your money, your heart – offer if all to God.

 

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Day 4: Thy Kingdom Come – Sorry

 

DAILY NOVENA – SORRY

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.” But he denied it, saying, “I do not know or understand what you are talking about.” And he went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed. And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about. “At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept. (Mark 14:66-72)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh God of the cock-crow and the bitter tears, may our hearts be truly broken by every denial of your long, suffering love for us, every rejection of each other, every cowardly and self-protective moment. With the morning, bring your mending so that dauntless we may find ourselves able to walk the way of the cross again.
Amen.

THOUGHT

 “Sorry seems to be the hardest word.”

No it isn’t. It’s one of the easiest. It trips right off the tongue. You forget to do something: “sorry”. You hurt someone’s feelings: “sorry”. It’s like a knee-jerk reaction to get ourselves off the hook, to shut down the conversation or stop the criticism.
What’s much harder is a real sorry. Saying it, and also meaning it. A true sorry has given up the fight of trying to prove you’re right. To justify or explain.
It’s a coming clean.
Come clean before God now. Everything. And ask him to help you to really mean it too.
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Day 3: Thy Kingdom Come – Thanks

DAILY NOVENA – THANKS

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11-19)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh God of pity and of the pitiful, help us to recognise ourselves in this story and to weigh the gratitude in our hearts. As we throw ourselves at your feet, heal us, and be a wellspring of thankfulness rising up in us for change and transformation.
Amen.

THOUGHT

There are two ways to live life. 

One way is to live as if we’re owed it all, that we deserve everything good that comes our way, and that anything bad we receive is an unfair mistake.
The other way is to see it all as a gift.
Everything around us seems to hardwire us to believe we deserve it. All of it: education, fun times, money, respect, friendship, love. But deep down, we know it’s a lie. We know we don’t deserve it any more than anyone else.
Thankfully, God doesn’t work in terms of ‘deserve’. He doesn’t give people what they’ve earned.
Instead, he gives gifts. It’s all an utter gift. Your health. Your friends. Your family. Your future. His love for you. Everything. Gift. Gift. Gift.
And knowing that, the response from us shouldn’t be living like we deserve it, but being thankful.
How might today be different if you chose to see all these gifts for what they are, and be thankful?
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Day 2: Thy Kingdom Come – Praise

DAILY NOVENA – PRAISE

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” By your favour, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed. To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!” You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. (Psalm 30:6-12)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh God, maker of mountains present in our highest heights and lowest depths, as we recognize all that you have saved us from, help us also to see the life you lead us to. Drawn from the pit of despair may we stir up dust to sing and make it our delight to dance in praise of you.
Amen.

THOUGHT

Think of your best friend

Think of that person who makes you smile. That person who, when you reflect on the comedy things you’ve done together, makes you laugh out loud. You love spending time with them, because you love who they are and what they do. You find yourself talking about them to everyone. Are you ever like that about Jesus? Do you ever find yourself blown away by who he is, and by the fact that he’s with you? If not, maybe you’ve not really grasped quite who he is. Today, try to list ten things which are worth praising him for. They don’t need to be big things, just the stuff that makes you smile. The stuff that you might tell others about, if you were telling them about your friend Jesus.
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Day 1: Thy Kingdom Come – To Jesus

 

Acts 1: 6-14
The Ascension of Jesus
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of[c] James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

THOUGHT

The key question isn’t so much where you are, but where you’re going. 

Are you close to Jesus today? Or feeling far from him? Perhaps that doesn’t matter so much to him. Perhaps what really matters is which way you’re heading. Are you walking, stumbling, trying to step through the mud toward Jesus? Or when you think about it, are you slowly drifting away? Come back to him today. Turn around if you’ve been facing in the wrong direction; turn that walk into a run if you’re already heading towards him. Now, pray for those friends whose lives would be utterly different if they joined you in running to Jesus, instead of wandering away from him.
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Christmas at St Edward’s 2017

Our Christmas Cards with this year’s Christmas services are out from this Sunday.

This year, our Christingle is at the new time of 11am to connect with our new Quest (11am) service that started weekly in October. It will also be in the Church Hall (not the Church this year), to help you get a better feel of what our new Quest service is like. Christingle is a different and very tactile way to consider what Christmas is all about using oranges, candles and sweets (what’s not to like?!)

We are also offering two times for the popular Carols by Candlelight service at 5pm and 7pm. The 5pm featuring the St Matthew’s Community Choir and the 7pm Eggbuckland Community Choir. Both services will have our very own St Edward’s Church Choir, a selection of readings telling the story of God’s plan for the world, plenty of Carols and lots of candles!!! It’s a beautiful traditional service, and with an additional time more space to invite friends, family and neighbours. Do come along – you will be made most welcome.

Our Christmas Eve Nativity service, which has become very popular over the last few years now has an additional slot – so now 2, 3 and 4pm! We are also hoping the Donkey from Ivybridge will be able to join us (although the Donkey costume and the Vicar are on standby if not!!) While you are waiting for the previous service to finish you are encouraged to go to the church hall where you will find mince pies, mulled wine/apple juice and superb festive crafts – a great way for all the family to start Christmas Eve!

Our Midnight Communion service (sometimes called Midnight Mass) is a traditional way to start Christmas day – the first Holy Communion of the Christmas season. Even if you do not regularly take communion, you will find this service a reflective and meaningful way to begin Christmas. You are welcome to talk to the vicars/ministers Chris, Keith or Carl if you have any questions about Communion (01752 781 564).

Our Christmas Day  Service helps to put the festivities in a helpful context of worshipping ‘the new born King’. Children are encouraged to bring a present that they have opened, to show to everyone. We will sing carols together, reflect together on God’s Word, pray for our world and receive strength and encouragement as we share Communion together. This is a lovely service whether you a on your own over Christmas or with your extended family and friends.

But before all that we will be welcoming our local schools and nurseries, as they have their special services here too. This year Eggbuckland Vale, Honeyshute, Austin Farm Academy, St Edward’s School and St Matthew’s Academy are all having Christmas services in Church.

Whether you are coming to support the schools or attending one of our Christmas services you will be made very welcome this Christmas at St Edward’s Church. May you experience the joy of the peace and presence of God this Christmas and as you begin the new year.

John Hawken (1937-2017)

This afternoon we had a memorial service for John to celebrate his journey of faith and service over 60 years at St Edwards.  The following is the tribute delivered by Pat Whatty:


John Hawken (Memorial Service 16 June 2017 at St Edward’s)

At his funeral service in April, I related some personal memories of John and I make no apology for repeating some of these today in the belief that those of you who were present then will not object to hearing them again.

For me, John’s association with and service to this church is put into some perspective when I realise that my connection has been for more than 45 years and his was for considerably longer. Indeed, I would estimate that it was something like 60 years ago that John became aware of St Edward’s when passing by on a bus one day. From the mid 1950’s he had lived in a prefabricated bungalow at Michigan Way in Little America with his father and step-mother. It wasn’t until at least 20 years later that the prefabs were demolished, the site subsequently re-developed, and the present housing estate built.

Anyway, John decided to come and visit the church and the Vicar at the time, Rev Charles de Cerjat, learning of this, contacted him and eventually invited him to become a Server. It would seem that this was an inspired decision, for it gave John, a young man with a mild learning difficulty, a purpose in life and some responsibility to which he was able to respond and fulfil.

So it was that over the intervening years he assisted four of Eggbuckland’s incumbents with the preparation of the vessels used for the bread and wine of the Sacrament and tidying away afterwards. It would have been difficult to have found anyone more dedicated to the task and to St Edward’s. John could always be relied upon to undertake his duties when required, quietly and efficiently. He was an ever-present on Sundays and most other church occasions and became well loved by all who came to know him.

He remained resident in the parish, first at Austin Farm then, after the death of his father, at Silvermead where he already had some friends and quickly settled in for a happy 30 years.

John enjoyed company. He appeared at ease with everyone – those he had known for some time and those he had only just met – he liked nothing better than to share his travel experiences. These almost invariably included churches, pubs, tea rooms and pasties. It was if public transport had been laid on especially for him. He was familiar with all the local routes and had no second thoughts about hopping on buses beyond the city confines to all points north, east and west, exploring wherever it was he decided to visit on any particular occasion.

On a Sunday morning here in church, his face would light up with glee when asked where he had been the day before. Not that he needed the invitation to relate his latest gallivanting – he was just as likely to say, “Guess where I went yesterday?” And then he would relive the experience in the telling and always let you know the quality of any refreshments, especially if they had included a pasty.

There was so much more to John than anyone meeting him for the first time could imagine. His interests in steam trains, photography and following the daily happenings at Ambridge were important to him and gave him much pleasure. The care and stability provided by the staff of Silvermead was a major factor in John’s quality of life.

However, undoubtedly the catalyst for his confidence in coping with life and developing into the man he became, was his membership of and the friendships he enjoyed here at St Edward’s where he grew in faith through the knowledge he gained from his most cherished Bible.

Sunday mornings are not the same without you, John.

Pat Whatty

Thy Kingdom Come

The Archbishop of Canterbury is calling Christians to join a wave of prayer across the UK and around the world – praying that people you know might know Jesus

It’s happening between Ascension and Pentecost from 25th May – 4th June 2017

Across the Forder Valley Mission Community we will be hosting a number of events during the week, to which anyone is invited to come along.

Ministry Team
Date Morning Afternooon Evening
Thursday 25 May Ascension Day 7.00pm TKC Ascension Day Eucharist at St Edward’s
Friday 26 May 10.00-11.00am TKC "Upper Room" Prayer at St Edward’s (Upper Vestry) 7.00-8.00pm TKC “Upper Room” Prayer at St Edward’s
Saturday 27 May 2.00-4.00pm TKC Prayer Walk at Christ Church Estover
Sunday 28 May 2.00-4.00pm TKC Prayer Walk at St Edward’s 6.30pm TKC Evening Prayer at St Edward’s
Monday 29 May 8.30am TKC Morning Prayer at St Edward’s
Tuesday 30 May
Wednesday 31 May 7.00-8.00pm TKC "Upper Room" Prayer at Christ Church Estover
Thursday 1 June
Friday 2 June 10.00-11.00am TKC "Upper Room" Prayer at St Edward’s (Upper Vestry)
Saturday 3 June 2.00-4.00pm TKC Prayer Walk St Matthew’s CofE Primary & Nursery Academy (Seaton) 6.00-7.30pm TKC "Upper Room" Prayer at St Edward’s (Church Hall
Sunday 4 June Pentecost 6.30pm TKC Beacon Event at Exeter Cathedral

More Information about The Kingdom Come

Yew Tree Planting at St Edwards

On Saturday 8th April, a yew tree sapling was planted by our vicar Chris Routledge and our associate minister, Keith Murphy.

The sapling was grown from a cutting taken from a certified 2000 year old tree in the churchyard of St. Margaret the Queen’s Church, Buxted, East Sussex.  Hundreds of cuttings were taken during the year 2000, to celebrate the millennium, blessed by Bishop Eric and distributed to churches across the country.

Our ground steward, Jon Lake, was on hand to make sure all went well and the short, informal ceremony was followed by coffee and home made cake.

EddyBears Easter Egg Hunt

This week was the last meeting of EddyBears before the Easter Holidays, so as has become a tradition an Easter Egg Hunt took place.  It was a lovely morning out in the church garden, and I am sure the children will look forward to restarting on 24th April.

Earth Hour at St Edwards

On 25th March we switched off all the lights inside and the floodlights outside of St Edward’s as we observed Earth Hour (www.earthhour.org). We joined with others in 178 countries around the world to show government’s, business leaders & politicians of the world that we want action on climate change.

During the hour we prayed for our planet, with readings and meditations. To add some atmospherics we listened to birdsong being played throughout.

Iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel tower, Sydney Opera House,  Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Empire State Building, all took part.