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Worship for Trinity

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity – 25th July 2021

The Feast of St James, Apostle and Martyr

Reflection for the Feast of St James, Apostle and Martyr, Sunday 25 July 2021

Today we’re keeping the Festival of St James the Apostle and martyr as it falls on a Sunday.  This is not James the brother of Jesus, but James the brother of John. This is the James we often refer to as James the Greater, and who along with his brother is referred to in the Bible as ‘boanerges’, meaning sons of thunder.    From this nickname we can surmise that James, like his brother, was a fiery character.  We read in St Luke’s Gospel (12:51-56) that when James and John received a less than hospitable welcome in a Samaritan village they asked Jesus, ‘Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?’  (Jesus, of course, turned and rebuked them.)  Interestingly, along with the impetuous, hot-headed Peter, they are members of that specially chosen threesome who were particularly close to Jesus – present with him on many crucial occasions, such as the raising of Jairus’ daughter, at the Transfiguration and in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before Jesus’ death.  Maybe because of his zealous nature, maybe because of his closeness to Jesus, James was singled out by Herod Agrippa to be the first martyr among the 12 apostles.  In that way he might be said to have obtained the place of honour in the Kingdom of God which he and his brother desired: drinking the cup of Christ’s suffering and being baptized with the baptism of Christ’s death.

This account of James’ and John’s desire to sit at the right hand of Jesus in his heavenly kingdom appears in Matthew, Mark and Luke, but it’s only in Matthew that the request is made on their behalf by their mother!  However, in all three accounts Jesus then speaks to the brothers directly, “You do not know what you are asking” he says to them. “Can you drink of the cup of my suffering, and be baptized with the baptism of my blood?”  (Matt 20:22,23). With supreme confidence they answer, “We can.” They are ready and even zealous to pay the price of glory.

Of course, they don’t understand yet what that glory is. In Matthew’s as in Mark’s Gospel, immediately following this exchange, Jesus explains to them exactly what glory is going to look like in his kingdom: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave;  just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:25-28)

So Jesus is very quick to disabuse them of their wrong ideas.   Kingship in God’s Kingdom is the kingship of a servant.  Liberty is found in willing obedience.  Warfare in the Kingdom isn’t about clashes of arms or the noise of battle; the struggles and conflicts are much deeper – they are battles between the human spirit and the deadly demons of greed, ambition, pride, envy, hypocrisy and so on.   St Paul understood this when he wrote:

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
    he humbled himself
    and became obedient to the point of death—
    even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
    and gave him the name
    that is above every name.”  (Philippians 2:5-9)

Jesus proclaims in his life and death, in words and deeds, that freedom isn’t found in worldly power, pride, ambition or even the fulfilment of worldly desires.  “My kingdom is not of this world,” he answers Pilate when on trial for his life. (John 18:36) In other words, the signs of his glory are the signs of his body which is broken and poured out.  That same glory we set forth in the church week by week as we break the bread and (in better times than these!) drink the cup – showing forth his death until  he comes again.  The early Church had a wonderful saying, ‘Imitate what you celebrate.’  We break the bread and drink the cup, we share in Christ’s Body and Blood broken and poured out for us: imitate what you celebrate.

That’s a tall order!  And with what struggles we learn to obey it more faithfully week by week – well, at least, I do!  When we were baptized we were pledged to  renounce the devil, rebellion against God, the deceit and corruption of evil, and the sins that separate us from God and one and other.  Over and over again, in a thousand little ways, in our relations with others, in the things we wish for, the things we rebel against, we are lured away day after day.  Over and over again we need to be called back by the passion of Jesus, and by the example of the saints, James amongst them.  “It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:26-28)  “Let this same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 2: 5)

Today we remember James the Greater, an Apostle and a Martyr.  An apostle is somebody who is sent, a martyr is somebody who has witnessed.  Let’s remember today that we too are sent to witness to the values of God’s Kingdom.

“It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave;  just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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
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.

“Around the Parishes”

The July edition is here!

Download the PDF by clicking here

Future events:


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.

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

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 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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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


Revd Sue Roberts

Team Rector

[email protected]

Julia Barrett
Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

[email protected]

Mission Community Worship

Mission Community Events


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 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



Combe Raleigh




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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