Archives for 7th September 2018
On Sunday 16th September, the patron saint of Tavistock Parish Church, St.Eustachius, will be will be celebrated. A patronal festival Eucharist will be held at 9.45 am and a festival Evensong at 6 pm. Our Church is named after a Roman general who became a Christian in the second century. It is thought that whilst hunting a stag near Rome he saw a vision of a crucifix lodged between the stag’s antlers and was immediately converted to Christianity. Eustachius’s name before his conversion was Placidus. He refused to sacrifice to heathen gods and died a martyr to his faith; he remained steadfast and faithful to his new found faith.
Ordination of Judith Blowey
September will see a number of new priests and deacons being ordained in the diocese. It is always very exciting and humbling to be involved with ordinations when those who have been exploring, and sometimes struggling, with their sense of vocation for many years take an important step on the journey of discipleship. It is also hugely encouraging to see new ministry emerge alongside the existing ministry and encouragement of others.
We are, of course, all disciples. I am always greatly encouraged by the number of those who offer themselves for ministry, whatever form that takes. The exploration, discovery, and nurturing of new gifts and abilities to further God’s work is something which we should all celebrate and rejoice in.
Please pray for all being ordained this September, and from our own Diocese and Benefice for Judith Blowey to be ordained priest in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday, 29th September. Full details of our own plans to celebrate Judith’s new ministry are contained within this magazine but please do come to Judith’s first celebration of the Eucharist which will be on Sunday, 30th September at 9.45 am in Tavistock Parish Church. Everyone is welcome.
With my love and prayers.
What a summer we have had. Some like it hot and they have surely had it these past few months, but the sky is rather ‘grey’ as I write this so change could be on the way as we move into autumn, but perhaps we shall be blessed by an ‘Indian Summer’.
Some of you will know that Joy and I have recently returned from a short stay in India, near Chennai, better known to many of us from our old school atlas, where much was coloured in pink, as Madras. We were there for the beach wedding of Joy’s adopted nephew, and the backdrop of the Indian Ocean made it especially special and to be remembered, together with cows strolling along the beach! A very different society with such extremes and still much poverty, but Joy could see considerable change had taken place since her last stay there nearly twenty years ago, but change for 1.4 billion people is not that easy to hasten along.
We in this country are used to the changing seasons and enjoy that change, most of us having a season that we love best; which is yours, I wonder? When I spent ten years teaching Physics in Cyprus the changing seasons were not so obvious, and a summer of 45°C in Nicosia was best avoided, with a flight back to Tavistock and then needing the central heating! But what of the changes and uncertainties in our lives?
Moving into September presents changes and uncertainties for many people. New beginnings for our children as they may move on to a different school or start higher education or work for the first time. New uncertainties for some of us of the ‘older generation’ as we retire, or as we begin to experience changes in our health or find ourselves alone or more dependent upon others. Last week I attended three funerals on consecutive days, and at times like that we come face to face with the fragility of our lives.
So how do we face these times of change and uncertainty? For those of us who have a sure faith and hope in the one true and living God, although these situations may not disappear, we have the promise that we shall not pass through those ‘troubled waters’ on our own but have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, promised by Jesus, to be with us. And we also have the fellowship of our Christian brothers and sisters to walk beside us along our pilgrim path, and we can all pray for one another.
Remember the advice given by Solomon when writing those beautiful proverbs (3v5), “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”, and also that special invitation and promise of our Lord Jesus (Mtt 11v28), “Come unto me all who labour and are heavy laden, and you will find rest for your souls”.
God has adopted us, who have put our faith and trust in Jesus, as His children, and He has also given to us a sure hope, a hope of eternal life, together with a mansion that Jesus has gone to prepare for us in His presence (John 14), and the promise of new beginnings when all things shall be made new (Rev 21v5).
Let us then take comfort and join in the beautiful nineteenth century hymn by Edward Mote:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
With such a hope set before us, brothers and sisters, let us enter the new season coming upon us with a confidence and comfort that we are not alone, knowing that we are special to God our Father, and that we can become a blessing to those around us even through the changes and uncertainties that we may have to face.
Take care, or if you can, as Bishop Robert has said, “Take risks for God”.
My love to you all as we work together and seek to advance our Lord’s kingdom.
Reverend Mike Loader, Assistant Priest, Tavistock, Gulworthy and Brentor.
Following the plan to do more fundraising there is to be an Auction of Gifts and Talents in the Town Hall on Friday 19 October at 7 pm. It is open to everyone. So far, there are many kind offers including a weekend for two in a local delightful holiday cottage, deliveries of logs, therapies, gardening, silver cleaning, wines, baking, pictures, etc. Tickets, £4, will soon be available to include a drink and a catalogue of bid items. This is to help raise funds for our Church. Drakes Auctions will officiate and value your gifts. If you have a gift to offer, a talent or professional service for an hour which can be auctioned, please get in touch with me on 610262, or leave a note at the Parish Office for me to contact you. Pat Warne
Building Work at Tavistock Catholic Church
Construction work is due to begin at the Catholic Church from September which means the building will be closed to the public from Monday to Friday each week. Following a request for help from Fr John, and having sought agreement from Bishop Robert, the PCC and I have agreed that Tavistock Parish Church may be used on a temporary basis to enable their midweek services to take place on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning. Chris Hardwick
Following last year’s highly successful appeal, we will again be donating any produce to the Tavistock Food Bank. We would also like to support the Shekinah Mission with any financial donations.
Thank you once again for your support. Hilary Johnson
Historic Churches Ride & Stride Day Saturday 8 September
We will be serving coffee from 9.30 am – 11.30 am and cream teas from 1.30 pm – 3 pm (wedding at 12.30 pm). Messy Church will follow this.
There will also be a craft stall. Please come and support us. Craft Group
CDs and DVDs wanted for sale at our Friendly Friday coffee mornings. Please leave in the Parish Office. Thank you. Shirley Martin
We are pleased to announce the release of the parish magazine for the month of September 2018. Some featured articles include:
- Page 11: Patronal Festival Celebrations
- Page 25: Gulworthy Notes