The congregation of this church works together and with others to:
St. John the Evangelist Church, Park Street, Taunton, TA1 4DG
Serving the people of Taunton town centre and beyond through our tradition of catholic sacramental worship.
We also subscribe to the aims of Inclusive Church
Christ, when he was lifted up did not say
"I draw some people to myself"
"I draw all, all, ALL"
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
St John's Ascension Day service is at 6.30pm 13 May
by Zoom with the link shown here soon
The Zoom link for next Sunday's Eucharist
The church is open on Thursdays for private prayer
12.00 - 14.00
Come and sit, reflect or pray as you need
"We too have a constant friend and companion in the risen Christ on whom we can rely as we journey on through these weeks and months of uncertainty."
so we are alone, but together
" As the challenge of the coronavirus grips the world, and as the Government asks
every individual and every organisation to rethink its life, we are now asking the Church of England in all its parishes, chaplaincies and ministries to serve all people in a new
Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury and John, Archbishop of York
A prayer from Bishop Peter
Lord God, carer of all people, creator, sustainer and healer;
We pray for all who have contracted Covid-19. Be with them and their loved ones and bring healing to their bodies.
We pray for all medical staff and emergency services as they look after the physical health, worries and concerns of their patients, especially the vulnerable and particularly those who have reduced contact with the outside world. Let us be good neighbours, looking out and after each other.
We remember the work of scientists, discovering and testing vaccines for this disease, and we pray for all of us, caught up in our everyday lives with the effects of these outbreaks.
Bless your world Lord, and help us to be blessings to one another, in Jesus name. Amen
Reflections and Readings
Easter 6 and Ascension Day
Julian of Norwich
Yesterday was the feast day of Julian of Norwich and so I thought I’d bring a word or two about her. Julian lived as a solitary, dedicating her life to God and to prayer. She lived in the fifteenth century as an anchorite attached to the church of St Julian, from which she took her name, in Norwich She is, I think, the most popular of all the English mystics and many are warmed to the God she describes: a God who is deeply in love with all his creation.
She was writing when all around her people were dying of the black death which was ravaging the country at the time. Yet at such a time, she understands the immensity of God’s love for us. So, although Julian lived in a time of turmoil, her theology was optimistic, speaking of God's love in terms of joy and compassion as opposed to law and duty.
For Julian, suffering was not a punishment that God inflicted, as was the common understanding. She believed that God loves and wants to save everyone. Popular theology, magnified by current events including the Black Death, poverty and a series of peasant revolts, asserted that God was punishing the wicked. Julian suggested a more merciful theology. She believed that behind the reality of hell is a greater mystery of God's love. She shows us also a God of hope who reassures his people that all shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well. Above all, she shows us a God of love who seeks to save, not to judge his people.
She wrote her ‘Sayings’ after receiving some visions after a near death experience. She wanted to know why she had received these visions and it was more than fifteen years later that she understood the meaning behind the visions. I quote:
‘You would know our Lord’s meaning in this thing! Know it well. Love was his meaning. Who showed it to you? Love. What did he show you? Love. Why did he show you? Love. Why did he show it? For love. Hold on to this and you will know and understand love more and more. But you will not know or learn anything else – ever!’
So, throughout, Julian assures us of God’s love for us. She writes: The Lord showed me a spiritual sight of his love. I saw that he is to us everything that is good and comforting for our help. He is our clothing, for he is that love which wraps us and enfolds us, embraces and guides us, surrounds us with his love, which is so tender than he may never desert us. And so, in this sight, I saw that he is everything which is good, as I understand.
Her writings provide an oasis of peace and prayerfulness. She helps us to be still, to trust, to touch again God’s deep love for us, a love that through touching again in prayer, we take with us into action. She comforts us and helps us to remain faithful to Christ. In our faithfulness to God and in our compassion for our neighbours we are led to prayer and to love in action.
Her visions of God, are no less relevant today than when she wrote them centuries ago.
Thursday, 13th May Ascension Day Acts 1. 1-11
6.30pm by Zoom Ephesians 1.15-23
Luke 24. 44-53
Sunday, 16th May Easter 7 Acts 1.15-17,21-26
10am by Zoom 1 John 5. 9-13
John 17. 6-19
Sunday, 23rd May Pentecost Acts 2. 1-21
10am in church Romans 8. 22-27
Sunday, 30th May Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6. 1-8
10am in church Romans 8. 12-17
John 3. 1-17
St John the Evangelist Church
serves Taunton in a Benefice with St Mary Magdalene
The Rev Tobie Osmond is the Vicar of the Benefice
of St Mary Magdalene, Taunton and St John the Evangelist, Taunton.
Rev Jane Eastell is Associate Vicar with responsibility for St John's
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