If you would like the weekly "Stay Connected" emailed
to you, please contact the Benefice Office Contact
and we will put you on the mailing list. This is a replacement
for the weekly pew sheet and contains many useful things so
that you don't feel so isolated.
Tuesday last week we started the day in summer and ended it
feeling very autumnal. As I type this the sky is heavy grey
and it has been raining. If I was reading a novel I would
say that it foreshadowed difficult times ahead. On Tuesday
we heard announcements made by the Prime Minister about changes
to the rules and of tightening of what we can and can't do.
I must admit that I was surprised that the changes weren't
more stringent. The day before you may have heard Patrick
Vallance and Chris Whitty share statistics about where we
are now and where we might be if things don't change. It was
sobering listening as it is clear that the trajectory of cases
is rising considerably. We are in a precarious and potentially
dangerous time. So as Christians how should we respond?
Firstly we are not to fear. Boris spoke about an invisible
enemy - which it is - but we should not be consumed with fear
and anxiety, which will sap any joy or peace from our lives.
In Isaiah 41: 10 we read 'So do not fear, for I am with
you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen
you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right
The Lord's presence can and will bring us His peace and comfort
when we feel anxious and afraid. Many people have commented
to me that they have lost the confidence to do things. This
is understandable but the Lord then offers us His strength.
While I would say that we have no need to fear, we should
not go to the other extreme and be reckless, because this
virus is dangerous and has the potential to wreck lives. Being
a Christian does not give us some supernatural immunity or
give us some bubble of protection that God will keep us safe
in some way. Yes we are to trust the Lord, but we are not
to put Him to the test. Christians can catch this virus as
much as everyone else can. God has given us minds and common
sense to play our part and to do the right thing. I would
say that anyone who is acting recklessly has every reason
So let's trust in the Lord and may His perfect love cast
out all fear. But also let us all play our part however hard
it is. While it is lovely to see other people please don't
be tempted to get close, to hug them or even shake hands.
Loving each other means protecting each other from this virus.
weeks Stay Connected Sheet pdf
Calendar September pdf
Calendar October pdf
Sunday Services - St Augustine’s Locking
and St Mary’s Hutton are open on Sundays for worship
at 10am and then at 11am. There are a limited number of seats
at each service due to social distancing. Because of this
we are asking everyone to REGISTER EVERY WEEK to say that
they are coming to either service. In order to do this please
ring Phil Etchells on 814461 from 12noon – 5pm any day.
Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The wearing of a face covering is mandatory.
United Holy Communion this Sunday 27th Sept in Hutton
It is lovely that we are able to hold our first Holy Communion
Service since lockdown. As with the other services it will
be shorter and simpler. Members of the congregation will receive
Communion in one kind only - a wafer - as we did before lockdown.
I will bring the wafer to you as it is easier and safer to
do this. You can stand or sit as you wish. Also I will celebrate
Communion in front of the screen so that everyone can see
and feel involved. This is another step that we are taking,
which is good. Thank you for all your support and understanding.
A big thank you to everyone who donated harvest groceries
last week. They have all been taken to Weston Food Bank. With
a greater need for the Food Bank please keep giving while
you can. Thank you to everyone who helped with the harvest
celebrations this year. Although it was different it was still
good to give thanks.ou.
Private Prayer - St Augustine’s Locking
and St Mary’s Hutton church buildings are open for private
prayer on Thursdays 10am - 12noon. Each session will be supervised
and all seating is at a distance of 2 metres. If you have
any questions about this please contact the wardens: For Locking
Eddie and Mary French 01934 813634, for Hutton Dave Bradley
01934 814205 and Mary Potter 01934 812788.
If you are self-isolating and need shopping or supplies please
ring Anne 01934 823556 for Hutton and Locking villagers or
Steve Cope 01934 813871 for Hutton.
Any Foodbank donations can be left on the doorstep of John
and Margaret Bailey, 31 Willow Drive, Hutton or Chris and
Anne Wilkins, The Vicarage, The Green, Locking, where they
will be collected and taken to the foodbank. They are in need
of: Tinned potatoes, Instant mashed potatoes, Shampoo and
deodorant, Tinned meats, plus any other food items people
want to include but please no pasta! A thank you to everyone’s
generous gifts from Hutton for the Foodbank, a weight of 109.35
KG was taken to their North street office on Wednesday. Margaret
I want to give thanks that on 1st October I will be celebrating
25 years of being ordained. I give thanks for the privilege
of serving the Lord in this way and thank Him for His faithfulness
and sustaining power. Through all the joys and all the sorrows
He has never forsaken me. Anne
When you can't attend a funeral. One of the really sad things
at this time is that not everyone who would like to attend
a funeral can, due to the restrictions on numbers. Over lockdown
I have been sending this service to people and suggest that
they read it and light a candle at the time of the service
to feel that they are part of it. I do hope that it helps
you. See - A
Simple Reflection at home on a Funeral
Shoebox Appeal 2020
Just to let you all know we will be continuing with our Shoebox
appeal again this year even with COVID-19. In fact there will
be more need this year too especially because of COVID and
the recent disaster in Beirut. I am going arrange with Anne
how we can distribute the empty boxes and any issues regarding
collection of them. We will again purchase the boxes for us
all to fill. So you could now start collecting small items
to put in them as you you now start to go out shopping again.
The launch in both churches will be on Sunday 4th October
and the final date for collection is Sunday 1st November.
Also if you have spare time knitted hats and gloves are always
required and I do have patterns and some wool if anyone wants
them. Please contact me if you need any further information
or if you would like to fill a box and haven’t done
before. John Bailey Tel 815308. Thank you.
Collect for Harvest
Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you
give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that
we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in
need and for our own well-being; through Jesus Christ your
Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
From Lamentation to Hope
In collaboration with Wells Cathedral, the diocese is to offer
an online service to remember all those who have died during
the Covid pandemic.
Led by Bishop Ruth and the Dean of Wells, families of the
bereaved are invited to send in names of those whom they mourn,
and candles will be lit and their names are read out.
Bishop Ruth said: “So many people weren’t able
to attend funerals or grieve properly when their loved ones
died in the last few months, because of restrictions imposed
by the pandemic. We hope this service will offer people a
chance to come together and mourn their loved ones by name,
alongside others who have also been bereaved.”
The service will include music from members of the Music Foundation
of Wells Cathedral, and prayers will be said by some of Somerset’s
hospital chaplains. There will also be a reflection from someone
who survived Covid following weeks in intensive care.
The service will be available to watch on the Wells Cathedral
website (www.wellscathedral.org.uk) and here on the website
of the Diocese of Bath and Wells www.bathandwells.org.uk
from Wednesday 30 September.
Readings for the week
Why not read the readings through slowly twice and before
you do ask God to speak to you today. We are starting to read
through Matthew and Acts.
Sunday 27th September Matthew 21.23–32
Monday 28th September Acts 19.8–20
Tuesday 29th September 19.21–end
Wednesday 30th September Acts 20.1–16
Thursday 1st October Acts 20.17–end
Friday 2nd October Acts 21.1–16
Saturday 3rd October Acts 21.17–36
Prayer Chain - If you need prayer for yourself
or another then there is a team of people ready to pray. For
Locking, please contact Anne Wilkins phone 823556 or for Hutton
Kay Cole phone 811424 and they will send out the prayer request.
Please pray for those starting university and also those returning
- for Phoebe Asling starting her midwifery degree at Brighton,
for Tom Lee going back for his third year of a Physics degree
at Keele and for Josie Croad returning to a third year of
her veterinary degree at Bristol. Pray that they would be
safe and also be able to enjoy their time studying.
Prayer requests - please feel free to send
prayer requests to Chris in the office, if you would like
them to be included on this sheet, or call Anne on 823556.
If you would like someone to pray with you please call Anne
and she will pray on the phone.
Monday afternoon we took advantage of possibly a last good
day and drove out to Crook Peak for a favourite local walk.
We ascend the ridge from the south – a slightly easier
route than the steep northern slope, but still a hard slog!
Compton Bishop lies nestled far below, almost a village in
miniature from our buzzards-eye view. We are hoping we may
see Dartford warblers, but no luck. Instead there are small
flocks of meadow pipits (picture left) in the walled rough
grazing which allow us to observe them quite closely, and
stonechats perching on the gorse bushes. We follow the path
around the southern side of Wavering Down which is quieter
than the main West Mendip Way; the little yellow rock roses
are still flowering on the stony ground, then descend through
a narrow coombe. Lower down there is hazel coppice, and squirrels
are feasting on the nuts. The path winds through rough woodland
before joining the field path that links Cross with Compton
Bishop. It feels as if we have been miles away, yet it is
so close to home!
Reading for 27th September
Matthew Matthew 20: 1-16 (NIVUK) The authority of Jesus questioned
Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was
teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came
to him. ‘By what authority are you doing these things?’
they asked. ‘And who gave you this authority?’
Jesus replied, ‘I will also ask you one question. If
you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing
these things. John’s baptism – where did it come
from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?’
They discussed it among themselves and said, ‘If we
say, “From heaven”, he will ask, “Then why
didn’t you believe him?” But if we say, “Of
human origin”– we are afraid of the people, for
they all hold that John was a prophet.’
So they answered Jesus, ‘We don’t know.’
Then he said, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority
I am doing these things. The parable of the two sons
‘What do you think? There was a man who had two sons.
He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today
in the vineyard.” ‘“I will not,” he
answered, but later he changed his mind and went. ‘Then
the father went to the other son and said the same thing.
He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go.
‘Which of the two did what his father wanted?’
The first,’ they answered. Jesus said to them, ‘Truly
I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering
the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show
you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him,
but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after
you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
Reflections on Matthew 21: 23 - 32
The scene is set by v32. Yet another set-to between Jesus
and the Jewish church leaders. These were people of rank,
of authority, with historical connections, beyond questioning
and powerful. It does seem odd that by now, these impressive
leaders hadn’t worked out that to challenge Jesus was
a one way cul-de-sac. Despite past failed attempts here they
are again trying to trick him. Jesus was teaching in the Temple
and they couldn't resist it. “By what authority are
you doing this ?” Jesus comes back with a question which
puts them on the back foot and after discussion have the embarrassment
of admitting that they don’t know. Jesus then refuses
to answer their question. I wonder why he did that ? I’ve
got a feeling that it was an encouragement to them to stay
and listen. Sure enough what follows are two parables aimed
especially at them. The fact they did stay is seen in v32
when Jesus says “ I tell you the truth, the ‘sinners’
are entering heaven before you “ Then there was a second
parable and v45 the priests etc knew he was talking about
them. Their reaction was, this is really as clear as daylight
and we need to change. NO CHANCE ! Their ideal was arrest
and eventually death.
However this isn’t only a story about the continued
and well recognised refusal of the religious leaders to give
any credence to who Jesus was, it is also a reminder to us
that maybe there are times when we refuse to listen when there
is something in our lives, decisions, attitudes or actions
that need a re-think or even repentance.
In the parable of the two sons, the first son said ‘no’
to his father but went on to do it , whereas the second son
said ‘yes’ but in the end didn’t do it.
It was the first son that was held up as the one who deserved
a reward. Trying to be honest, do we sometimes say yes to
God and then don’t follow it through? Times when we
might have good intentions, but those good intentions have
no value without the application. Or a more serious question
might be that when we first received the call to follow Jesus
and said ‘Yes’, have we done that for a while
and then gradually capitulated over time? You know, it’s
never a bad thing or the wrong time or too late, to perhaps
refresh and renew our response to the call of Jesus to repent
and trust God for eternity. In these difficult days we can
always depend on God to receive our heartfelt response to
his love with joy and the angels possibly with a rendition
of the Hallelujah Chorus!
Rev Geoff Hobden
As from Wednesday 9th September, the Mustard Seed morning
on Wednesdays will be held in the Main Hall of Hutton Village
Hall. The times are the same – 10 – 12 noon. The
usual social distancing will apply and we ask that people
intending to come ring Eric & Gill on 813716 so that we
don’t exceed the number we are allowed. If the weather
is suitable we will have a few tables outside. A one way system
will operate. Many thanks again to those who have supported
us while we met outside in the garden;and who have bought
from Gill’s Fairtrade stock through her delivery service.
This has really supported the Fairtrade cause well during
the Lockdown and we have enjoyed some lovely fellowship during
this difficult time.
Quiz - just for fun - no prizes - answers below!
All the following are places in this part of England:
1. Keeping a good look out
2. Conservatives safely secured
3 King's abode for a film star
4 A highway or a byway by any other name
5 Pussy's gone to bed
6 The lady drank much of this
7 Turn the key
8 Twirl around
9 A first in a Chinese city
10 Where the sun sets on a rick
11 Should keep your feet dry
12 Forbidden to drink here
For those who are ill -
Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are
ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms
are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who
are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work
many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A prayer at bedtime -
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who
are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or
place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.
GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without
surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the
spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become
vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser
persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested
in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession
in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is
full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue
there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere
life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be
cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering
the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears
are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You
are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the
stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe
is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours
and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace
in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
The Journey Prayer – St Brendan
God, bless to me this day,
God bless to me this night;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace,
Each day and hour of my life;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace, Each day and hour of my
God, bless the pathway on which I go;God, bless the earth
that is beneath my sole;Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love,O
God of gods, bless my rest and my repose;
Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love, And bless, O God of
gods, my repose.
Bible Q and A This is a very interesting site that answers
some of the tricky questions about the Bible and the Christian
faith. You can also submit questions too. Why not give it
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