June letter by Bishop of Taunton
We all know the old adage, one volunteer is worth 10 pressed (wo)men. As we celebrate Volunteer Week 2018 (1-7 June) I want to give thanks for and to the thousands of volunteers across Somerset who love and serve our communities.
December Letter from Bishop of Taunton
This season of Advent is all about waiting.
March Letter by Bishop of Bath & Wells
I remember my father once saying ‘as you get older the seconds seem longer, but the years go by faster.’
Letter from Bishop of Taunton
This month I shall make my first visit to Zambia.
February Letter from Bishop of Taunton
'Letting go and letting God...'
Jesus' resurrection at Easter
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
Advent, Christmas and New Year
During this Advent season and into 2019 we are all given a Bible verse to carry around with us, these are available in church. The bible verse is:
"All of us, with unveiled faces seeing the Glory of God as though being reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit." 2 Cor 3v18
From Ash Wednesday to Easter
It is interesting to note that this year Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th (St Valentine’s Day) and Easter Day is the 1st April.
Christ is the Light of the World
Christmas 2018 now seems a life time ago and slowly but surely the days are lengthening by a few minutes each day. This month begins liturgically with Candlemas.
You will read elsewhere in another article about a Confirmation service to be held in St Andrew’s in September. It seems a good time then to ponder on our own Confirmation – however long ago it might have been.
Shining the light of Christ
Last week I had the privilege of attending a special service in the centre of Derby, to celebrate and commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale in May1820.
To the early disciples it must have seemed a cruel prank of Mary to come and tell them that Jesus was no longer in the tomb.
As I’m writing this it is unseasonably warm, and I’m enjoying the sunshine outside. According to Radio 4 the seasons are less defined this year, with spring flowers well on their way before time.
Spring is in the air!
As I write this (17th April) we are promised some warm weather following the very wet conditions we all had in March and April.
St. Francis of Assisi
“May God bless us with just enough foolishness to believe we can make a difference in the world”.
We recall the life and ministry of St Francis in October, and his quote bears pondering upon.