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May's letter from Rector Mark

23 May 2018

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As I write this Easter has happened, the amazing primrose bank leading down to the Rectory is at its very best, the daffodils are now out at last … but I am still waiting for Spring. By the time you read this, judging by the weather forecast, it should be with us, indeed with temperatures in the 20s we may feel we have had summer! Or preferably a long summer has begun.

May can be a beautiful month and I hope it will be so. One of the highlights this year for me will be the Rogation Service at Saxtead at Trust Farm by kind invitation of Bill and Lorette Roberts with the opportunity to bless a beautiful garden, pond and the fields looking back over towards Saxtead Church – details later in the newsletter. Rogation Sunday this year is May 6th - it is the day when the Church has traditionally offered prayer for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who produce our food. The word “rogation” is from the Latin rogare, “to ask.” Historically, the Rogation Days (the three days before Ascension Day) were a period of fasting and abstinence, beseeching God’s blessing on the crops for a bountiful harvest. Few of us today directly derive our livelihood from the production of food, but it is good to be reminded of our dependence upon those who do and our responsibility for the environment. People are very welcome from both Saxtead and Framlingham to join us for service which begins at 11.15am. Plus it has to be confessed that the service at Saxtead is not followed by fasting and abstinence but a very good BBQ with other refreshments – but it is very helpful for Bill and Lorette to know numbers for obvious reasons! (Tel: Lorette 07 824 357 295 or Bill 07 824 357 296 but do please remember to bring your own food!)  Sharing friendship and fellowship as we rejoice in creation and in God’s generosity seems very apt.  Having written what I have about the improving weather I hope it is true for May 6th