1 March 2016
A great number of things are happening across the Benefice during March. Please do look at all the information contained in this magazine about services for Holy Week and Easter taking place in Tavistock, Gulworthy and Brent Tor.
There is no other day to compare with Easter Day. It stands out from all the conflicts and turmoil of our broken world. Early on the first Easter morning the power of God was revealed to a disbelieving world. Death is conquered – Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. It was an event which not only altered the past but also shaped the future. Nothing can be the same again. This is what makes Easter the greatest occasion for the Church and for the world. All our hopes for the future stem from this one event in our history. Easter announces that there is a way forward out of darkness. Easter assures us that transformation is possible and that change can take place in our lives.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead affirms that death is not the end for us. There is a life beyond our mortal life in this world. Our existence is not limited by the cycle of birth to death. Easter is a turning point which invites us to live in an entirely new way, one that goes beyond the limitations of this world. We are challenged to become part of a new creation, inspired by the life of God. But, life depends on how we look at it. It can be seen as an empty tomb, full of bitterness and confusion, or it can be seen as full of joy and hope. The challenge for us is to appreciate God and to see his plan in the ordinary, everyday events which surround us, and to place our faith and trust in the ultimate goodness of his purposes. The challenge is to open our hearts and minds to the risen Christ by allowing ourselves to be sent into the world to proclaim the Good News of this new life and new creation to all people.
God our Father, we thank you for the joy of this Easter.
May all who celebrate the resurrection of your Son experience his power in their lives.
We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Messy Church is church for children and adults of all ages. A new Messy Church will begin in St Eustachius’ Church on Wednesday, 2 March, at 3:30 pm. Everyone is welcome and I hope as many people as possible will support this. Messy Church meets at a time which I hope will suit many people. It’s not another club. It’s CHURCH. It’s a church for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age. Our aim is to be accessible to people and communities in a new way - to be a space where God’s Holy Spirit is at work. It’s an opportunity to meet God in a new way. Please tell people about Messy Church. Please do come along yourself and be part of Messy Church, you will be very welcome.
Holy Week Meditations
On Monday, 21 March, Tuesday, 22 March, and Wednesday, 23 March, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 7:30pm in Tavistock Church. Each will be followed by a short meditation on the Stations of the Cross using illustrations taken from original oil paintings of the Stations of the Cross by The Benedictine Nuns of Turvey Abbey. The mediation will finish by 8.30pm approx. Everyone is welcome.
Tavistock Church 700th Anniversary and Palm Sunday Lunch
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the consultation regarding the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the dedication of Tavistock Church to be celebrated in 2018. As well as a program of events to mark the anniversary, it is intended that there will be a major fabric project to adapt the building to meet the future needs of the worshipping congregation and the wider community of Tavistock. On Palm Sunday, 20 March, I invite you to lunch in the Parish Centre during which, on behalf of Tavistock PCC, I will share our proposals and plans following the consultation, and outline the next steps to be taken. This lunch is for everyone and is an opportunity for all to hear about, and be involved in, our future hopes and aspirations. To cover the cost of lunch, a £5 donation (Adult) is requested please, children free. For catering purposes, please add your name to the list in Tavistock Church if you are able to come.
Benefice Service of Light
A service of life will be held in Tavistock Church on Holy Saturday, 26 March (Easter Eve). In the Service of Light, the resurrection is proclaimed in both spoken word and dramatic ceremony - the Easter candle symbolising Christ, the light of the world, risen from the darkness of the grave: The Church is in darkness and a new fire is kindled. The Easter candle is marked with a sign of the cross, the symbol of life and death, and the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, Alpha and Omega, are marked on the candle as a reminder that Christ is the beginning and the end of all things. The numerals of the current year indicate that Christ is present, here and now, among his people. Five “nails” are inserted in the shape of the cross, symbolising the wounds of Christ. The candle is then lit and carried in joyful procession through the church. “The Light of Christ” is sung three times as the light is spread to all present until the Church is filled with light. It culminates in the singing of the ancient Easter song of praise – the Exsultet.
Weather permitting, please gather in the Churchyard by the South door for the lighting of the new fire. The service begins at 8.00pm.
With every blessing this Eastertide.
@ St. Eustachius’ Church Tavistock
Wednesday 4 May
May the fourth be with you!!!
3.30-5.30pm in the church
Come as your favourite super hero or bring a super hero toy!
Families – Why don’t you?
Have a night off from
cooking….TV….computers…being a chauffeur!
Come along for –
Hospitality (hot meal)
Crafts & activities (lots of messy fun)
Friendship (for all the family)
Fellowship (short Bible based celebration)
All the family welcome
(children must be accompanied by an adult)
There is no charge for Messy Church, but donations are welcome.