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Web Magazine - January 2018 - Rector's Pages - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Rector’s pages: 

STAR OF THE EAST (by Eugene Field)
STAR of the East, that long ago
Brought wise men on their way
Where, angels singing to and fro,
The Child of Bethlehem lay--
Above that Syrian hill afar
Thou shinest out to-night, O Star!
Star of the East, the night were drear
But for the tender grace
That with thy glory comes to cheer
Earth's loneliest, darkest place;
For by that charity we see
Where there is hope for all and me.
Star of the East! show us the way
In wisdom undefiled
To seek that manger out and lay
Our gifts before the Child--
To bring our hearts and offer them
Unto our King in Bethlehem!


What are "Magi"?
   The original Greek in Matthew 2 calls the men who came to visit Jesus magoi. The text reveals that they had the wealth and knowledge to travel and offer lavish gifts; they also had knowledge about the stars ("We have seen his star in the east..."). The only other occurrence of the Greek word magos is in Acts 13:6, where it is translated "magician," meaning one who practices sorcery. The Greek Old Testament has an occurrence of magos (Daniel 2:2), and there it also means "magician." Fortunately, other ancient literature helps us to understand who the Magi were. From the Jewish historian Josephus, the Greek historian Herodotus, and the writings of Strabo, a clearer picture of the people called the Magi appears. The Magi first appear about the 7th century B.C. in the Median empire (Herodotus I, ci). At the time of the birth of Jesus, the Magi were an ancient priestly caste dwelling within the Parthian empire, a large area to the east of the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire.These priests practiced astrology, which at the time was a hybrid of astrology and what we now call astronomy.
   They were adept at interpreting dreams (which we possibly get a flavour of in Daniel 2). At the time just prior to the birth of our Lord, the Magi formed the upper house of the Megistanes council, whose duties included the election of the king of the Parthian empire. Thus, the Magi at this time were possibly "kingmakers."

A little child,
A shining star.
A stable rude,
The door ajar.

Yet in that place,
So crude, forlorn,
The Hope of all
The world was born.


 Sunday 4th February 2018
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am Communion 1662 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


Sunday 21st January - 5.00pm
A service of light, at the darkest time of the year, 
to look forward to spring.
Held at Chillington for all the villages.

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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.

Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.

18th November     Amelia Wilkinson; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp
22nd November    Joseph “Joe” Smith, 90 yrs; a long term resident of Dowlish Wake, cremation at Yeovil.
25th November     Ruby Dando; holy baptism at Shepton.
4th December       Hugh Quick, 87 yrs; family cremation service at Taunton, followed by a thanksgiving and celebration of his life at Dowlish Wake.
11th December     Joe Smith; ashes interred at Dowlish Wake.
13th December     Alistair Taylor, 67 yrs; ashes interred at Dowlish Wake.

Sat 18th November - Cudworth Christmas Fair - raised £754!
Sat 25th November - Church stalls at Barrington Community Market - raised £235!

A very big thank you to everyone involved in the fundraising, volunteers, donors, contributors and shoppers.   All the money raised goes into supporting the life of your village church.

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