The Rector’s pages: PRIVILEGE
When I first arrived in this job I wrote in the Web about how lucky I thought I was – along with my family – to have been given the opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world, and among such caring communities. In case you wondered, twelve years later, I still feel the same way!!!
A couple of weeks ago I went to a birthday party where the host spoke about the privileged life he had led, and was still leading! He had had a long and distinguished career, helping sick people, met many famous people, and now lived in one of our villages, which was in itself one of the privileges he spoke about and was grateful for.
It seems to me that our host had achieved a very great deal in his life – and he is still doing so. I often meet people who are successful and others who are very ordinary, but often the things which they are most grateful for are not at all extraordinary, but very simple and straightforward; the little things in life.
A Philosophy Lesson:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss UK.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the half a dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of Home Secretary’s.
How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier? The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.
In Mark 8.29 Jesus asking His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”. In Jesus’ question He invites us all to explore life with Him and in doing so offers us the opportunity to take a journey which starts with only one step, that leads gently to the second. As each step follows the last, we learn about His love for us, for our families and friends, for our world. Through this love we come to appreciate the privileges we have, the important things in our lives, not just the achievements, and to give thanks for them as our birthday host has done. In return we act – with that same love – in the lives of those close to us; thus we all come to share the privileges of our lives.
First Sunday Services - Sunday 6th November
08.45am Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong
6.00pm Cudworth Candlelight Evensong
Candlelight Evensong - Sunday 6th November
Cudworth at 6.00pm
The traditional and ancient service of Evensong, sung, by candlelight in this beautiful little country church; why not give it a try?
Remembrance Sunday - 13th November 2016
All services are listed on the back page of this Web BUT please note that many service start times are different from normal.
Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story. Everyone is very welcome.
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
8th October - evening
Barrington Church harvest supper in the village hall
8th October - 7.00pm
Shepton Beauchamp - concert of popular music by Kingsbury Episcopi Band
In church and in aid of Cancer and church running costs
From the Church Registers
20 August Jack Packham and Sarah snowdon; joined in holy matrimony at Cudworth church.
27 August Clara Smith; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.
5 September Mollie Blowers; ashes interred at Dowlish Wake.
Fund-raising thank you….
A very big thank you to all those folk involved in the following fund-raising events, for your time, handwork, cheerfulness and/or support……
Cudworth - Summer Market on 24th Aug; £1110
Chillington - Craft Fair on 27th Aug; £1015
Puckington - “Joan’s” Coffee Morning on 3rd Sep; £525
Thank you to you all.
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advisor
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.
We see people in their home or at outreaches throughout South Somerset.
We can help take the worry out of finances during these difficult times.
Please contact us on 01935 847 666 if we can be of help.
THE SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP CHARITY is a collection of charities for the benefit of residents of Shepton Beauchamp; some of the charities are several hundred years old.
The Over 70's Christmas Box is a small payment, paid in early December, to help with the cost of Christmas and is payable to residents who are 70 years old or over and have lived in the village for 3 years or more.
If you are not yet receiving the Christmas Box, please call Richard on 01460 240604 to have your name added to the list (before 25th October please).