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Worship for Trinity

The Second Sunday after Trinity – 13th June 2021

ZOOM:  Worship is available on the internet using ‘Zoom’, and on the telephone, using a conferencing facility. 
If you would like to know more about joining in with either, please contact either
Revd Sue  (01404 42925 or email Sue) or Julia Barrett (email Julia)


click here for an order of service for you to use.

Because of copyright restrictions, we have introduced a password to enable this document to be opened only by our congregations. 

If you would like a copy and need the password, please email us.

Also, physical services have restarted:

In addition to the ZOOM services on Sundays we are also celebrating
REAL
services at St Paul’s:

Said Eucharist – 11 am at St Paul’s

Places are limited and booking is essential – please contact the Parish Office if you are interested in finding out more or getting involved.

Also, see entries for the village churches where services have restarted.

Reflection for the Second Sunday After Trinity

Years ago, (and I mean years ago – like the beginning of the 1980’s!), I sat in a lecture room and listened for several lectures to someone who kept on referring to ‘Wizzywig’.  I had not a clue what he was talking about, and it took me several days to pluck up the courage to ask one of my classmates if they had any inkling.  “What you see is what you get”, was the answer.  I was none the wiser.  Wizzywig?  What you see is what you get?  Eventually my friend took pity on me and explained: What You See Is What You Get – WYSIWYG.  I’ve never forgotten it – but I have completely forgotten why it featured in the lectures!

We live in a world that mostly believes what you see is what you get. We trust our eyes to reveal what is real and what is true. For most of us, I suspect, this is our default attitude and orientation to other people, our relationships, and the circumstances of our lives. This approach certainly has its benefits. It is easier, definitive, and more efficient. It is not, however, without problems. A what-you-see-is-what-you-get attitude assumes that life is limited to physical and tangible realities. It keeps us skimming across the surface of life. It puts humanity at the center of life as the final interpreter and arbiter.

We tend to see what we want to see, what we have been taught or told to see, and what we expect to see. Just because we look at the same thing doesn’t necessarily mean we see the same thing. Three eye witnesses to an accident will most often tell three different stories of what they saw.

I remember taking my youngest nephew out in his pushchair one afternoon – again back in the early ‘80s.  There were some incredibly noisy rooks up in some nearby trees.  To me they were just noisy rooks.  To Mike they weren’t just any old birds, they were ‘Daddy birds’, and they were looking after the Mummy birds and their babies!  He saw a relationship – if rather a noisy one – of care and concern. He was willing to see in a different way.

What we see is determined not so much by the thing seen but by how we see. I’m sure that the purpose of scripture  is not just to tell us what to see but to teach us how to see. Paul reminds the Corinthians that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). Samuel looked on Eliab and thought he was the Lord’s anointed, the next king after Saul. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart’” (1 Sam. 16:6-7).

Too often our human-seeing is outwardly focused and appearance based. God-seeing, however, is inwardly focused and heart based. This is not a rejection of outward and visible appearances but the recognition that our life and world is not limited to what we see. For every outward appearance we see there is a deeper inner reality.

A what-you-see-is-what-you-get way of living is too limited, narrow, and small. It cannot reveal the fullness of God’s life and presence among us. It offers no hope for reconciliation, forgiveness, healing, and transformation. It says to us, “This is as good as it gets.” If that’s how we see our life and the world then we might need to learn to see differently. God-seeing reveals that in Christ there is a new creation, everything old has passed away, everything has become new (2 Cor. 5:17).

We are always being invited into a deeper seeing. That’s what Jesus’ parables are about. They are the lens that seeks to bring into alignment human-seeing with God-seeing. They give us a glimpse into God’s kingdom even as we look at the things of this world. Parables ask us to see in a different way. They rarely give answers. Instead they sharpen our focus and cultivate a deeper vision. Parables ask us to let go of a what-you-see-is-what-you-get world and trust that what we see is not all there is. There is always something more going on than what we see. That something more is the kingdom of God.

The kingdom of God is already planted in creation. God is always at work in our lives like a seed scattered upon the earth. As a seed does its seed thing so the kingdom does its kingdom thing. We may not understand it. Outward appearances may even suggest God is absent. It may look like nothing is happening. We sleep and rise. We wait. We trust. We hope. We pray. We go about the ordinary work of life. Within that ordinariness the life of God has already been planted in each one of us. One day it sprouts. It grows. The invisible becomes visible. The full harvest was always there hidden in the seeds. It may have been invisible but it was never absent. We now see what has always been.

Compared to the needs of the world and the circumstances of our lives the kingdom can often look small, insignificant, and inadequate; like a mustard seed. Looks, however, can be deceiving. It is only an optical illusion. The kingdom will take over.

In first century Palestine mustard was considered a weed. Jesus compares the kingdom with a weed. As weeds take over, so does the kingdom of God. You can refuse to plant it. You can pull it up. You can cut it down. Regardless, it is there and it keeps coming back. No person or circumstance is ever Godforsaken.

The rooks, seeds, and weeds of life are everywhere. Don’t just look at what you see. Look at what is there. Look again if you need to. Look more deeply. Change how you see. Behind every rook, seed, and weed is the faithfulness, promise, and power of God to change lives.

We produced a Prayer leaflet for your use during the Coronavirus emergency. This has been combined with the simple form of Worship for use at home that we introduced at the start of lock-down. 

I encourage you to stop each Sunday morning at the time of your usual church service, and use this service, worshipping at home, but as part of the Body of Christ, and its local expression in your community.  I will of course be praying it in solidarity with all of you. 
With my love and blessings,  Sue

Download your PDF copy here

“Around the Parishes”

June 2021

The June edition is here!

Download the PDF by clicking here

Future events:

Music for a summer night

The Diocese of Exeter have created a series of REFLECTIONS on video:

Exeter Cathedral

You may also be interested in Music and Worship from the Cathedral. Link to their pages here.

Because of copyright restrictions, our downloadable documents are password-protected to be opened only by our congregations. 

If you are need the password, please email us.

More video material from the Diocese . . .

Resources to use at home

Celebrate Together Team at St Paul’s Honiton

We continue to make videos every week and post them on YouTube  on Fridays.

We are very sad about not being able to meet up like we used to, but want to continue to make a difference for you all with our Celebrate Together Videos.

Click here to go to Rev Ann’s page where you will find links to all the videos.

Lots of love from the Celebrate Together Team.

Take part

Resources for children, families and young people

Exeter Diocese have developed a huge range of resources and activities for children of all ages.

Have a look at what they have to offer here

also there are some craft ideas here

In love for a world undergoing crucifixion and awaiting resurrection

Baptisms & Weddings

As you will know, the Government has said that there can be no weddings or baptisms during the current situation.  We appreciate that this will cause much sadness and disappointment.  However, we really hope that you will get back in touch with us once we are out of this pandemic, and that you will want us to play our part in sharing in your celebrations. 

If you want to get in touch in the meantime to talk about your plans or hopes , you are so welcome to do so.

Funerals

Funerals will continue to take place during the current situation.  However, only a limited number of family and friends will be able to be present. Please check the current restrictions with your Funeral Director.  Preparations for the service will be made by telephone and email contact where possible.   

These restrictions will, inevitably be incredibly sad and difficult for everyone concerned, and we will do our best to support you in whatever way we can.  We will of course, be delighted to help you to arrange a service of Thanksgiving or a Memorial service once the restrictions are fully lifted.

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Worship  –  Events  –  Safeguarding

The Honiton Mission Community seeks to communicate God’s love and to reach out to others by encouraging people through pastoral care, participation and worship.

The Churches in our Mission Community

Our Mission Community website

If you are expecting to see the St Paul’s, Honiton website at this address, then let’s explain.

The domain name “HonitonCofE.org” feels more appropriate to the whole of the church in the Honiton area. So we have decided to make this the page that will cover all the activities that involve and affect all the parishes and churches in the Honiton Mission Community (HMC).

Each church’s individual page(s) can be linked by:
 * clicking on the appropriate image,   or
 * by selection from the menu,   or
 * direct from your browser using the format www.HonitonCofE.org/{church} (eg. www.HonitonCofE.org/Awliscombe)

We hope that you like the result and we look forward to receiving feedback and suggestions on how we can keep this important resource up-to-date and relevant.

Sue Roberts, Team Rector
Charles Pegman, Website Coordinator

Clergy

Revd Sue Roberts

Team Rector

[email protected]

Julia Barrett
Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

[email protected]

Mission Community Worship

Mission Community Events

Resources

Find out more about what the Church can offer for Christenings, Weddings and Funerals.

These are general presentations. When you are ready to make specific arrangements, please contact us via the Parish Office.

 + Christenings & Holy Baptism

 + Weddings

 + Funerals 

Safeguarding

Safeguarding is the responsibility of each church in our Mission Community. Please see the appropriate parish page (from the menu above) for more detail.

SAFEGUARDING in the Honiton Mission Community – Promoting Safer Churches

The parishes of Awliscombe, Buckerell, Combe Raleigh, Cotleigh, Gittisham and Honiton (which make up the Honiton Mission Community) are committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk to worship and grow in Christ safely.
Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be diligently and promptly responded to according to our procedures, recognising the sensitivity it may hold for those involved.
As a Mission Community (group of parish churches) we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. 
All our PCCs (Church Councils) have formally adopted this and signed a Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church and a copy of this can be found on each church’s page on this site. 
We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within each church.
All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to the appropriate contact for your church – see the list or visit the church’s page on this website:

You could also contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team at https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.

Honiton Mission Community Safeguarding

Parish Contacts

Awliscombe

Buckerell

Combe Raleigh

Cotleigh

Gittisham

Honiton

Specific parish contacts are listed on their respective pages. For general enquiries and to book Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, please contact:

 

The Parish Office
St Paul’s Church
High Street
Honiton  EX14 1PG

01404 44035     [email protected]

“Around the Parishes” is the monthly newsletter of the
Honiton Mission Community.

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