19th September – Trinity 16

The Collect

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Readings:   Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22

                  Or Jeremiah 11:18-20

                  James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

                  Mark 9:30-37

Post Communion Prayer  

Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A Prayer for this Time of Vacancy for the Bishop of Bath and Wells

God of love, lead us through this time of vacancy.
Guide all those involved in the appointment process,
Give us all ears to listen, eyes to see, hearts to pray and minds to think, placing the needs of others before ourselves,
always seeking your will and your kingdom. Amen

Pew Notes – If anybody would like the Pew Notes emailed to them on a weekly basis please contact me on benefice@btinternet.com and I will add you to the list. Please pass this message on to those who may be interested. Sue

Thank you!

I know we’re not out of the woods but I want to thank all my colleagues (clergy, churchwardens, council members and so many other volunteers) for all their extra hard work over the last 18 months as they have grappled with Covid guidance and how to keep people safe while also trying to maintain worship and those occasions that mean so much to people (including through online means), as well as keeping in touch with some of the vulnerable in the communities. Thank you so much.

For your prayers this week: –

For Marriage: for Becky & Rob, Tilly & Brian, Chelsea & Connor, Katherine & Robert, Katie & Scott, Kirsty & Chaz all married recently and for Ami & Cane marrying soon.

For Baptisms: for Louie being baptised on 12th September and Nala being baptised on 19th.

For the sick: Catriona McLean, Kath Sutton & family, Ethan Thorne, Jean Kirk, Sheila Riley, Verity & Lydia, Diane Welding, Stuart Jamieson, Mark, Adrian, Jane, Christine, Nigel Taylor, Ben, Kath, Heather, Jess, Pam & Bob, Carolyn & family and others known to us.

For the departed: Lottie, Mike Crawley, Claire Woodford, Eileen Towill, Josh Vickery, Peggy Chubb, Mick Miller  RIP

In our year’s mind: Pauline Searle

Diocesan Focus: Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the voluntary diocesan advisers who offer their skills, time and wisdom in the service of your kingdom and your church. We pray that they will find joy and fulfilment in what they offer and be given the support that they need.

Worldwide Church: Church of the Province of Uganda

Persecuted Church: Central African Republic

Local Community: schools returning to a new term.

The World: The people of India, South America, Israel and Palestine. Those affected by the terrible fires and floods across the world. The victims of the shooting in Plymouth. The people of Haiti and Afghanistan

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.


Sun 19th      9am Holy Communion at Moorland

                  9.30am Holy Communion at Thurloxton

                  10.30am Holy Communion at NP

                 11am Holy Communion at Michaelchurch

                  12.15 Baptism of Nala Slocombe at NP

                  4pm Service on zoom

Mon 20th     4pm Wedding rehearsal at NP

Wed 22nd    10am Coffee morning via zoom

                   2pm Funeral of Mick Miller at Durston

Thurs 23rd   10.30am Holy Communion at Mary’s

Fri 24th        9am Morning Prayer on zoom

                  1pm Wedding at NP

Sun 26th       8am Holy Communion at NP

                  9.30am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton

                  10.30am Holy Communion at NP

                 10.45am Harvest Festival at Moorland

                  11am Morning Prayer at North Newton

                  12.15 Baptism at NP

                  4pm Service on zoom

Relaunch of the Link Magazine

Our benefice magazine will be re-launched with an issue coming out early in November. I am grateful for the help and thought that has gone into how we can begin again.  We will have to keep our costs down and so plan to simplify the magazine into an A4 newspaper style format which will also be black and white. This will help as well with being a lot easier to print.  The deadline for this issue (which will also cover Christmas is 15th October). If you used to submit items or would like to please email: alfredjewellinkmag@gmail.com If its easier you can hand items on paper to Revd Jane and she can make sure they are sent in. 

2021 – Ride and Stride for Somerset Churches Trust

Thank you for all the support I’ve had for this sponsored walk around the benefice churches and communities. Half of what I raise will go to the Somerset Churches Trust (which gives grants to churches and some of our churches have been beneficiaries of this); the other half comes back to the benefice churches.

My apologies but I have had to postpone this to the 2nd October. I include my rough itinerary below in case you want to plan to join me at any point or wave and encourage me!

Starting at St Mary’s NP about 9am I walk to Thurloxton via Farringdon, arriving at St Giles at about 9.45. I will leave St Giles around 10am and walk onto Durston via Adsborough and West Newton arriving at St John the Baptist approx. 11am. I depart there about 11.15 to head to Michaelchurch via Hedging arriving at roughly 12pm. The next stop will be St Peter’s around 12.30 and a longer break for a bite to eat. After which I’ll head along the canal and Littlemore Drove to Moorland Church, arriving at about 2.15. The final leg starts about 2.30 and I will walk to Huntworth, then the Boat and Anchor, join Marsh Lane and then through the top of Stockmoor – hopefully arriving back at St Mary’s Church at 4pm. At each church I will stop for a while to pray for that community, as well as praying for the places I pass on the way.

Moorland Harvest Festival and Lunch –  will be at 10.45am on Sunday 26th September, with special guest Rob Walrond (farmer and rural life adviser) and followed by a ploughman’s lunch at 12pm Winslade Farm. £10. Drinks and dessert included. Outside in the garden, under cover if raining and well ventilated. Proceeds will go to our lovely church (fabric fund). Please book by 19th September:

andrea.murray15@yahoo.co.uk or 01278 691213.

North Petherton Harvest Festival will be on 10th October at 10.30am and followed by a ploughman’s lunch – more information to follow

North Newton Harvest – St Peter’s will celebrate Harvest on 10th October at 11am and St Michaelchurch on 17th October. More information to follow on the harvest meal.

Thurloxton  Harvest – Harvest Festival will be on 10th October at 10.30am. More information to follow.

Obituary for Jerry King (from the RSCM Quarterly Magazine

We were all sad to learn of the untimely death of our member Jerry King, Jerry and his wife Eleanor originally came from Loughton, Essex, to live in Backwell where Jerry joined the choir singing bass and willingly played the organ when needed. Jerry took over as organist in 2000 when Jean Routley retired. Jerry, Eleanor and their two daughters, Sarah and Hannah, remained at Backwell until Eleanor was ordained, and they moved away, first of all to North Petherton and then to Nether Stowey. Jerry held various roles on the RSCM Somerset Committee, and latterly was the highly efficient Secretary. In that role he organised many events for singers and organists. He was a much-valued committee member for Somerset Organists’ and Choirs’ Association. In addition, he became chairman of the Diocesan Choral Association, which is responsible for the annual diocesan choral festival in Wells Cathedral. His involvement in all these organisations has done much to facilitate communication and mutual support. His death at the age of 65 has come as a great shock. He will be much missed in the church musical life of Somerset.

Derek Dorey (Somerset RSCM)