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Framlingham Churches Together, thoughts and prayers to encourage and support our community

Framlingham Community Baptist Church / St Clare’s Roman Catholic / St Michael’s Church of England / United Free Church-Methodist & United Reform / Framlingham College

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To share a prayer on our Framlingham Churches Together page please email framparish@gmail.com

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

Night Prayer with Martin Dawes           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT3-Gq6kaZg

Talks at Baptist Church                             http://www.framlinghambaptist.co.uk/media/

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 SHARING CHRIST   

Be Strong and of Good Courage was the message God gave to Joshua after the death of Moses. Joshua’s task is happily very different to ours and the task he had causes us all sorts of questions.

But the message is a good one as individuals, as a nation and as part of the world community, we face the worst medical nightmare for many decades and it naturally worries and concerns us. The advice we are receiving will affect how we live, how we shop, what we do and even how we pray together.

We face the challenges better if we do it together and reassure each other, talk with each other and whenever the opportunity comes, laugh together

Churches Together members are feeling that and want to share the hope that sharing Jesus’ love gives and to share in the commitment in the town to try and help people who may be ill or self-isolating for safety or just wondering what all this is about.

Laughing probably can’t be on demand, but supporting each other is a Godly task and the Churches are willing to offer that and to share prayer. Be Strong and of Good Courage and together with help from God we will get through this strange and unnerving period.

Mark Sanders,  St Michael’s

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Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church  are opening Thursdays 11am-12noon and 

Sundays 10am-11am for private prayer and meditation. Sunday worship begins soon at normal time

 

St Michael’s and Saxtead

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham      Time: SUNDAY JULY 5th,  09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk   

Please note St Michael’s is open for prayer from 10-4 (10.30-4 on Sundays)

On 5th July the main service will still be on zoom and a farewell to Mark.

We hope to start some services in St Michael’s and All Saints Saxtead on 12/7/20

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

United Free Church                       http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

A series of videos and links for other resources including on line worship at 11.00 on Sundays

Prayers from all of us https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

News of Church Opening arrangements - national advice has been received.

 

The advice is quite complex and is being worked at according to the size and nature of worship

 

Key Points from the Guidance (dated 2ND July 2020)

  • A limit of 30 has been set for weddings and other ‘stand-alone’ services such as baptisms and confirmations.
  • There is no numerical limit on other services, but social distancing and Public Health requirements must be met, and:
  • The two-metre ‘rule’ applies for public worship except in situations where closer contact cannot be avoided; extra Public Health precautions must then be taken.  This means the number who attend an act of public worship will be limited by the number that will fit in your church with a 2m distance all around an individual or family group.
  • Ministers and members of the congregation must sanitise their hands on entry and exit.  The entrance and exit must be arranged so that social distancing is maintained, and where possible the entry and exit should be by different doors.
  • Wearing of face-coverings for the congregation is voluntary, but we will make recommendations for clergy particularly when presiding at the eucharist when we send out the updated advice on holy communion.  Clergy must lead worship so that there is a good distance between them and anyone in front of them.
  • While those at extra risk and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should be advised of the risks of attending public worship, a decision to do so is theirs alone.
  • Government guidance includes a request for names of attendees to be recorded and kept for 21 days to assist ‘track and trace’ if required. Further details from the government are expected to help parishes and cathedrals to do this in ways that comply with GDPR.  In most of our congregations clergy or wardens have a pretty good idea who attended a service, and I think it would be sufficient for them to make a note.
  • There should be no congregational singing, nor playing of brass or woodwind instruments at the moment, but we are waiting further guidance that will indicate in what circumstances more can be done musically. A single singer or cantor appropriately socially distanced – meaning not singing “at” anyone within 5 metres, may sing.  Remember the airborne droplets projected from singing or coughing – and shouting – go a lot further than those from quietly speaking.
  • Public worship guidance includes surrounding grounds (including churchyards, car parks and courtyards); meetings in other places should follow other guidance for people meeting in public spaces.
  • There should be no refreshments served after the service.
  • Services should be kept shorter than you are used to, to minimise the time that people are congregated in the church building.

It is taking some time to sort this out so details of services may be delayed.

 

A Last word from Mark Sanders

All of the above means a short farewell from me. It has been a huge pleasure and privilege to minister and share God’s love in Framlingham and it is a hard place to leave. The Churches have shared their faith expressed in different ways and with Christ at the centre. In our age that is so important to have a message of love, the privilege of being loved and of course the challenge of loving real people. Yet people who God values so much that Jesus shared divine values of faith, hope and love even to the point of death.

 

We are important to the wellbeing of this country and may we share the message and love of Christ.

 

God bless you and God be with you (good-b-ye)

 

Mark

 

The National Health Service came into being on 5 July 1948. During post-war reconstruction, improving the healthcare of the nation was seen as crucial to the nation’s recovery.

Beveridge, the architect of the NHS, identified "five giants” that had to be slain: want, disease, squalor, ignorance and idleness. The cataclysm of war provided the stimulus for radical reform. It was a momentous achievement and, in spite of early professional resistance to some of the proposals, it was born of a national consensus: everybody wanted the new service to work.

The NHS was based on principles unlike anything that had gone before. It was financed almost entirely from central taxation. That the rich paid more than the poor for comparable benefits was regarded as a crucial part of the scheme. Everyone was eligible for care, even people temporarily resident or visiting the country. People could be referred to any hospital, local or more distant. Care was free at the point of use, although prescription and dental charges were subsequently introduced.

During the current pandemic, there has been immense national and local support for the NHS and its front line workers. The emergence of the Thursday ‘Clap for Carers’ was a significant experience in the lockdown. Thanksgiving binds communities together, turning ‘I’ into ‘we’. The contribution of carers and key workers who have given of themselves sacrificially needs to be honoured. Sharing stories of people and events during the crisis is likely to form the kernel of any community celebration. Unsung heroes need to be applauded.

For the NHS

God of healing and compassion,
we thank you for the establishment of the National Health Service,
and for the dedication of all who work in it:
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who care for the sick,
and your wisdom to those engaged in medical research.
Strengthen all in their vocation through your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Everlasting God,
at this time we lift to you
those from all nations and backgrounds
who work on the front line in healthcare.
Give them skill and wisdom in their work.
Be their strength and their shield
as they give of themselves in the care of others.
Amen.

 

For carers and health professionals

Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve:
bless all who, following in his steps,
give themselves to the service of others;
that with wisdom, patience, and courage,
they may minister in his name to the suffering and the needy;
for the love of him who laid down his life for us,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life,
be with all  carers and health professionals,
as they act as agents of your healing touch.
In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving;
and when their work is done,
be with them in their weariness and in their tears.
Amen.                                    

Prayers in relation to COVID-19

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

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Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church  are opening Thursdays 11am-12noon and 

Sundays 10am-11am for private prayer and meditation.

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

St Michael’s and Saxtead

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham      Time: SUNDAY JUNE 28th,  09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk   

Please note St Michael’s will be open for prayer from 10-4 (10.30-4 on Sundays) from Monday 15th June. On 5th July the main service will still be on zoom and a farewell to Mark.

United Free Church                       http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

A series of videos and links for other resources including on line worship at 11.00 on Sundays

Prayers from all of us https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

From Martin Dawes

Dear  Friends,

For the last few months, we have been living a very different life, unable to carry out many of our normal activities. We have learned new ways of communicating with people and created new routines to give our lives some shape. For Christians, though, one of the most painful aspects of the lock-down has been that we are unable to worship in our churches. There have been some very creative broadcast and internet worship aids, but somehow, they all seem second best when we are not together.

This reminded me of the plight of the people of God when in exile in Babylon; far from their familiar life and cut off from the one place where they could worship God – the Temple in Jerusalem. Several of the Psalms were written at this time, and perhaps the best known is Ps 137 'By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion' (I can imagine the strains of Boney M going through your minds right now!). It is a Psalm that records the grief, frustration and anger of God's people in exile – emotions that have been familiar to some of us too at times.

The last section of the book of Isaiah looks forward with hope to the nation's return. Jesus quoted from Isa 61: 'The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has appointed me to preach good news to the poor...' after that familiar passage Isaiah goes on to tell of how the ancient cities will be rebuilt, ways of life restored and great celebrations will take place – clear references to joy at their return home.

Of course, in practice, it wasn't quite so simple. As the books of Ezra and Nehemiah reveal, the return wasn't straightforward. Security was the first priority, the walls of Jerusalem had to be rebuilt before it was safe to rebuild houses, stables, workshops and Temple.  All this within a sensitive international political situation - it was a long slow process.

I suspect our return to normal worship in church will also be long and slow. People's safety will be the first priority, so only gradually, step by step, will we be able to rebuild the worship life we have missed for so long. But remember, although we may not have seen anything like this before, God has seen it all; he has led his people through worse times than this! God is with us today as he always has been, the promise of Jesus is that he will be with us 'to the end of the age' (Mt 28:20) and we have the Holy Spirit, the very life of God in our hearts forever (see John14:16) to be our guide. Whatever happens to us, whatever we do or endure, we are in the loving care of God and he will see us through!

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.

God bless,  Martin

News of Church Opening arrangements will follow

after national advice has been received.

 

Everlasting God,
at this time we lift to you
those from all nations and backgrounds
who work on the front line in healthcare.
Give them skill and wisdom in their work.
Be their strength and their shield
as they give of themselves in the care of others.

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Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church  are opening Thursdays 11am-12noon and 

Sundays 10am-11am for private prayer and meditation.

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

St Michael’s and Saxtead

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham      Time: SUNDAY JUNE 21ST,  09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk   

Please note St Michael’s will be open for prayer from 10-4 (10.30-4 on Sundays) from Monday 15th June

Local Taize service - The  monthly Taize style service is back, with grateful thanks to Wendy and Alister Gourlay for all their work.  We usually meet at 4 pm on Sunday however, if you can’t make Sunday (or you can’t wait) you can access the links at any time.  To uplink the video go to    https://youtu.be/divcc2MnbY0   (that’s a zero at the end) To uplink the order of service go to    https://www.mid-loes.com/cretingham.php   May the service really bless us at this time.

United Free Church                       http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

A series of videos and links for other resources including on line worship at 11.00 on Sundays

Prayers from all of us https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

 

I grew up near the sea, so near that I could hear its ebb and flow. I grew up knowing the fishermen of the North Norfolk coast and valuing their craft and their faith. Most of them could not swim, which at first I thought was fatalism, but learned later was a deep trust in God. If it pleased the Master to call them at their post then it was his will. As I went out with them on occasions, I wondered at the disciples panicking about the storm. Surely, they had Jesus with them? Besides it was only a little lake not the great grey North Sea! I'm afraid I was a little scornful of their inferior seamanship. After all the North Sea can be really rough.

I was a little deflated when Benet Middleton said after quite a frightening trip: "That was a little blow". Obviously I had not had the experience he had. So the Galileans also were experienced and it must have been an unusually stiff storm to scare them.

As I read about the Sea of Galilee, I learned that the wind can come off the Galilean hills a tangles and create swirling winds which necessitate the lowering of any sail and that there would be no lee side or windward winds to ease the waves even by shifting weight. Add to that the Jewish perception of a wrathful God and where were the poor disciples to turn?

Perhaps God was cross with them for some misdemeanour or some omission?

Anyway God was unlikely to come to their aid because they had turned to another .......Jesus Christ.

So there was a storm outside the boat and one inside their heads.

"Teacher," they say, "don't you care that we are perishing?"

Was it just the wind that Jesus rebuked? "Was it just the seas that Jesus told, "Peace! Be still."?

It sounds as if he was telling the disciples also to stop huffing and puffing. Why are you afraid?ave you still no faith? In all our lives there are times of extreme fear and agitation. Battered from all sides, we panic ,well I do. Thoughts won't do as they are told; circumstances build up and conspire against us.

 

At school things go wrong ,teachers seem to pick on us, we miss homework, do something wrong and the whole mess gets out of control. In the house-the washing machine breaks down, water ruins the carpet on the same day that the car refuses to start and the children all develop measles or mumps two days before the holiday. At work we are blamed for errors, a junior makes mistakes for which we are responsible, an order form goes missing.......

All the good things we thought we were doing become areas of failure; people question our motives.....and worse...so do we!  

At moments like these we need Jesus to say inside us....Peace. Be still!

And in that stillness we need to reflect as Paul does....

We are created as imposters and yet are true...

as unknown and yet are well known...

as dying and see we are alive..

as punished and yet not killed...

poor yet making many rich...

as having nothing and yet possessing everything.

Jesus told us that every hair on our head is counted, that not a sparrow falls from the sky but God is aware of it. How much more does he care for us?

When I was growing up in Sheringham most of the fishermen belonged to the Salvation Army. On Sunday evenings after Benediction we would walk down to the promenade and listen to the Salvation Army Band. That is where I first heard the use of the symbol of Jesus as our anchor, the one that keeps us in touch with God's firmness, who by his steadfastness and dependability prevents the tides of life sweeping us away to become debris on the sea of sin.

And when we look at those who have succumbed but for Christ that could have been us.

Rev. Mike Vipond    

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Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

St Michael’s and Saxtead

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham      Time: SUNDAY June 7th, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk    Service Young People joining us to sing and all of us reflecting on Sharing the life of God as Trinity during the lockdown. DO JOIN US

United Free Church                       http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

A series of videos and links for other resources including on line worship at 11.00 on Sundays

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

Thy Kingdom Come – prayers for others, for our nation and the world

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/  - light up Framlingham in prayer, join the 24/7 prayer, get the daily app…

 

Prayers

 

We continue to pray for all who are sick, for our doctors and nurses and especially those in local hospitals and any we know

 

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour,

and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety,

give us strength to comfort the fearful,

to tend the sick,

and to assure the isolated of our love,

and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

 

Our letter for this week has been borrowed from the Web – do you agree with Martin?

Revd Martin Keenan has pastoral charge of Barton on Sea, Milford on Sea and Brockenhurst Methodist Churches. He lives with his wife, Aine and our dog, Pebbles.

He is a book-reader, reading Theology mainly, along with Tolkien and other similar things like Rock Music and designing gardens.

 

Letter from the Manse

I’ve been enjoying  some free time lately!  During that time I have finished my Bible teaching preparation on the book of Acts, and I found a fascinating word I have overlooked in the past.  In Acts 24 Paul is on trial before Felix, the Roman governor.  The Jewish leaders accuse Paul in v5 of being ‘a pest’.  The word in Greek means ‘pestilence’, or  ‘plague’.  And then they say that this plague is causing trouble ‘all over the world’.  And I had to think about the Gospel as a pandemic.  In the early days of Acts ‘the Lord added to their number those who  were being saved’: then ‘the Lord multiplied’ the number of disciples: then’ the churches multiplied’ .  And you see the ‘R number’ increasing as Christians came into contact with more and more people and infected them with the Gospel.

A vaccine had to be found, and unfortunately one was found.  They made the Gospel into a religion.  They built church buildings to put the Christians in so they wouldn’t infect any more people.  They made clergy who would control any possible outbreaks.  They put the Bible into Latin, and later into Elizabethan English, so no-one would be able to understand it.  And the plague stopped.

Every now and then there would be an outbreak, a new spike, but then the clergy would apply the religion vaccine and the outbreak would die down.

And so today we find our church buildings closed, and maybe they should stay that way.  I have read about the concerns of churches having to close when this Covid-19 ends, and maybe that’s not a bad thing.  I’ve read about people wanting to get back into those buildings, so we can be isolated from the world once again.  But I’ve also read that one million people tuned into Spring Harvest this year (it’s normally 40,000).  I’ve read about more people listening to online services, and even those church members who were housebound are now being catered for.

And maybe what we need to do is consider how we can cause another spike of this pandemic called  “The Gospel” ; how can we contaminate more people?  We need to be tested first to make sure we have the infection, then we need to get closer than two metres and talk to people about the infection, maybe breathe the Holy Spirit onto them.

Maybe it’s been too much free time I’ve had lately, but what if we all took this time to consider why a Gospel message that spread so rapidly at the first outbreak is now confined in  buildings, meetings and committees.  And maybe we should consider how we can help to cause another spike.

Martin Keenan
martin.keenan@methodist.org.uk

 

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Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

St Michael’s and Saxtead

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham      Time: SUNDAY May 31, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk    Service Celebrating Thy Kingdom Come

United Free Church                       http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

A series of videos and links for other resources including on line worship at 11.00 on Sundays

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

Thy Kingdom Come – prayers for others, for our nation and the world

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/  - light up Framlingham in prayer, join the 24/7 prayer, get the daily app…

 

Come Holy Spirit

 

Many of our Churches this week will be remembering the gift of the Holy Spirit which rushed upon the Disciples and gave them the courage, the power and the grace to pick up the teachings and actions of Jesus.

 

In this way what happened on the first Whitsunday or Pentecost (which means 50 days – as it is 50 days since Passover) is the completion of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Just consider the change in a few frightened followers of a teacher who had been crucified and the imparting of grace and power to turn them into bold proclaimers of the love and glory of God in such a way that it could be understood by people from all around the world.

 

In 2020 and the years that follow we will be picking ourselves up from the pandemic and it is likely to affect our morale, our confidence, our hopes. There will be changes we find difficult, including in our town and churches. Pundits writing in papers suggest all sorts of scenarios from communities which share, to ones which fear the stranger. From economies that think only of themselves to ones which recognise the imperative to protect creation and the poor.

 

Where would you put the movement of the Spirit in those? This Sunday is also the last day of Thy Kingdom Come – praying that prayer each day (maybe even as we wash our hands!) makes me think the Spirit is moving us to hope for and work for the opening up of our society and the Spirit seeing a role for the Churches, for you and for me, for people of goodwill to live by grace and not by fear.

 

 

 

Prayers

 

As we wait in silence, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we listen to Your word,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we worship You in majesty, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we long for Your refreshing,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we long for Your renewing,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we long for Your equipping, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we long for Your empowering, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

We continue to pray for all who are sick, for our doctors and nurses and especially those in local hospitals and any we know

 

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour,

and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety,

give us strength to comfort the fearful,

to tend the sick,

and to assure the isolated of our love,

and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

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Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

St Michael’s and Saxtead

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham

Time: SUNDAY May 24, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk    Service Celebrating Thy Kingdom Come

United Free Church                       http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

A series of videos and links for other resources including on line worship at 11.00 on Sundays

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

Thy Kingdom Come – prayers for others, for our nation and the world

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/  - light up Framlingham in prayer, join the 24/7 prayer, get the daily app…

 

A theology of disruption

Taken from wordonthestreets.net  From an article by Desiring God

Throughout history we have been used to patterns of disruption. In recent times, disruptive technologies, used to replace or create a new mass market, are a good example. Although there were cars for the rich, the mass produced Ford Model T captured the mass market and eliminated the horse-drawn carriage. Wikipedia has replaced Encyclopaedia Britannica. The High Street retail sector is being pressurised by online retailers, etc. Mobile devices have disrupted markets - music, cameras, diaries being just three.

Similarly, there are lots of examples of disruption in Bible. Just reading through Acts gives one a feel of disruption to individuals, beliefs, economic models, religious systems, culture, etc.

And now with Covid-19, a reset button has been pushed.

The word 'positive' is rarely used to describe disruption, but what if were? How do we think about disruptive change in light of the positive? How does God move through disruption? How does disruption become a spiritual leadership opportunity in the places where we live and work?

Joseph Tenney, music and arts pastor at Church at the Cross, Texas writes about interruption as invitation by God.

Referring to the story of the Good Samaritan, he notes that only the Samaritan was willing to have his day interrupted. He quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and cancelling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions. We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks. . . . It is a strange fact that Christians and even ministers frequently consider their work so important and urgent that they will allow nothing to disturb them. They think they are doing God a service in this, but actually they are disdaining God’s 'crooked yet straight path.'"

He continues: What if we learned to experience interruption differently? Rather than viewing all outside interruption as the enemy of productivity and creativity, what if we viewed our lives as communicative vessels for the sake of the other? If we open ourselves to embrace a theology of holy interruption, we may usher in newness, revelation, life, and story to inform our work and craft and life in ways that otherwise would simply not be possible.

Bonhoeffer’s point is simple - the Christian’s job is to listen to God and care about what God says above all else, in every moment. True productivity isn’t about tightly controlling ourselves and our calendars, but about unleashing ourselves in love towards others. As Matt Perman observes, “Everything is given to us by God for the purpose of serving others”  If we view our work in isolation from others, and a potential interruption must be avoided at all costs, we’re probably functioning out of a wrong motivation and certainly operating under faulty assumptions about the purpose of work.

Bonhoeffer petitions every Christian to stop and allow for interruption — to cultivate a disruption theology, as it were. This benefits both the one doing the interrupting, as well as the person being interrupted because it is in those instances God reveals himself in ways we may never have seen or experienced otherwise. God is erecting visible signs of the cross in our path for our benefit to show us that his kingdom is at hand — to invite us in his work.

Interruption is God’s invitation. God is inviting us to see him all around us, in the lives of others, in our conversations, in our serving those in need. Interruption is not simply a matter of our heart developing patience; it’s about experiencing true life. It is one of God’s ways of waking us up to what’s around us to see there’s more to be done than our self-appointed tasks for the day, as important as they may seem.

Interruption is God's tender way of encouraging his creatures to be a part of the kingdom come.

Read full article here.

Prayers

As we wait in silence, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we listen to Your word,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we worship You in majesty, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we long for Your refreshing,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we long for Your renewing,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we long for Your equipping, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

As we long for Your empowering, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

We continue to pray for all who are sick, for our doctors and nurses and especially those in local hospitals and any we know

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 SHARING CHRIST 9

 

Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

 

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

 

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

 

St Michael’s and Saxtead

 

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham

 

Time: SUNDAY May 17, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk    Service Celebrating the end of Christian Aid Week

 

Thursday is Ascension Day and Churches in the area are joining for a Zoom service at 7.30 on 21st May

 

Loes Deanery Ascension Day Service Time: May 21, 2020 7:30 PM    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84609355833

 

 

 

United Free Church                       http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

 

A series of videos and links for other resources including on line worship at 11.00 on Sundays

 

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

 

 

 

 

We started before Easter and this week we head towards Ascension Day when re remember Jesus returning to His Father and then sending the promised Spirit

 

All of our Churches are sharing in the period of Thy Kingdom Come and there is one initiative we can all join in with

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light up Suffolk with Prayer –

 

Thy Kingdom Come

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The church are delighted to invite every household in Suffolk to light a candle to celebrate a global wave of prayer, as part of Thy Kingdom Come, a global event from May 21-31.The Lightwave community, led by Venerable Sally Gaze, the Archdeacon for Rural Mission, is coordinating the initiative across Suffolk. She said: “This year, the events that would normally be held cannot happen because of the coronavirus pandemic. It means that we have been able to make it much more open to everyone, not just our regular churchgoers.  However, it means that we can use our online platforms to reach even more people. All Christian denominations have seen an increase in people joining in virtual prayer meetings and from those who wouldn’t normally take part. As part of the event here in Suffolk, we have created Light Up Suffolk with the aim of encouraging everyone to light a candle in their window and say a short prayer for their family or community.  Wouldn’t it be great if lots of people have a candle in their window throughout the 10 days of Thy Kingdom Come?”

 

For children, parents can download a rainbow candle poster for them to colour in and place in their windows.  “Rainbows are a sign of hope for people, It’s encouraging for people to see and know that they have friends and neighbours who are taking part in Light Up Suffolk.”

 

The team are inviting you to participate in a number of ways:

 

  • Sign up to a 24.7, unbroken prayer marathon from Sunday, May 24, until Pentecost Sunday on May 31st please click here. You can book as many slots as you would like - perhaps a few of you would like to commit to pray together - either separately or over Facetime, WhatsApp, Zoom, or even just over the phone.
  • Pray together - seek out simple acts of prayer for morning, noon and evening every day.  There are lots of resources to help you to light up Suffolk in prayer – traditional and new, written, creative and active for all ages available on the Lightwave website.  These include a Rhythm of Prayer: simple acts of prayer for morning, noon and evening every day, prayers events and get children involved by colouring this downloadable Light a Candle poster.
  • Send in your own events and resources to rural.mission@cofesuffolk.org for us to upload on our website.
  • Make a short video of yourself saying why you are joining in Light Up Suffolk with Prayer and post in on TKC Suffolk Facebook Page and your own social media – encourage others to do the same.
    Follow us on Facebook here and share our stories.

 

 

 

More about Thy Kingdom Come available at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

 

Almighty God,

 

your ascended Son has sent us into the world

 

to preach the good news of your kingdom:

 

inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,

 

that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

 

As we wait in silence, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

As we listen to Your word,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

As we worship You in majesty, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

As we long for Your refreshing,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

As we long for Your renewing,  make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

As we long for Your equipping, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

As we long for Your empowering, make us ready for Your coming Spirit.

 

 

 

 

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SHARING CHRIST 8

 

Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all.

 

 

 

Sunday 10th May marks the start of Christian Aid week.  In normal times we would be galvanising a small army of volunteers to distribute red collection envelopes around the town, stationing our big red bucket in the Post Office to receive the many generous donations, raising banners and bunting, cooking soups and eating puddings…  All to raise the profile of the important work that Christian Aid does to improve the lives of those living in poverty and fighting injustice around the world, and gather vital funds to enable this work to continue.  But these are not normal times.

 

‘Love…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.’

(1 Corinthians 13:7-8)

As this virus spreads across the world, we have seen love rise up in response.  We have already seen incredible kindness demonstrated to local communities and neighbours. Now we are being challenged to reach out in love to our global neighbours.

In recent years Christian Aid week has been focussed on supporting those communities threatened by flooding in Bangladesh, and young women facing dangerous pregnancies in Sierra Leone.  Love has been shared in the fund raising efforts to protect people from flooding, from poor health conditions, from storms, from drought.  And now we are seeking to share love to protect people from coronavirus.   This love protects our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness:  with soap, clean water and medical supplies.

By supporting Christian Aid Week, you can reach out and protect more of your neighbours today.  Please pray for Christian Aid and their global partners this week, and join in the range of activities going on.  And if you are able to donate to support their work, please follow the link below.

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week

A prayer for a global pandemic

‘Love…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.’

(1 Corinthians 13:7-8)

Loving God,

strengthen our innermost being

with your love that bears all things

even the weight of this global pandemic

even the endurance of watching for symptoms

of patiently waiting for this to pass

watching while we pray,

keeping our gaze fixed on you,

and looking out for our neighbours near and far.

 

Instil in our shaken souls

the belief and hope that all things

are possible with your creative love

for strangers to become friends

for science to source solutions

for resources to be generously shared

so everyone, everywhere, may have what they need.

May your perfect love that knows no borders

cast out any fear and selfishness that divides.

 

May your love that never ends

be our comfort, strength and guide

for the wellbeing of all and the glory of God.

Amen

 

Acts of worship during Christian Aid week that you can join online:

Rev Martin Dawes is recording a service which will be available from Friday by following the link on the Framlingham UFC website: http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

Christian Aid are hosting a live a Sunday Service, celebrated by Dr Rowan Williams.  Copy the link below to access this, and the other Christian Aid week reflections:
http://click.e-mail.christian-aid.org/?qs=01a4a8619d10003f4c0e70e579ab612227bb3bd014c0105729ac5f2b0bbb3aab4c481a2b9bdf77abfbd57ce540aa5b01

And at the end of Christian Aid Week - St Michael’s Zoom service 9.30 on May 17th.  Do join in - email framparish@gmail.com  for the information to log in. Contact same address for this Sunday’s invitation.

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

 

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SHARING CHRIST 7

Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

St Michael’s and Saxtead

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham

Time: SUNDAY Apr 19, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk  

United Free Church                       http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

A series of videos and links for other resources including on line worship at 11.00 on Sundays

FCBC Zoom 'service' at 11am on a Sunday just email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk for the relevant links.

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

Some thoughts from William Glasse of Framlingham United Free Church

Avoid fake news

I dare say that I am not alone in having a few sermons in my memory, and not all are there for the right reasons. Many years ago as a student I recall one based on today’s Gospel reading (John 10:1-10). The preacher had an interesting way of using language and kept quoting Jesus saying ‘I am the gate to the sheep’. He never did add the word ‘fold’ but the effect was to make me think hard about the passage and to keep coming back to it over the years. Please read it for yourselves before you read the rest of this.

Jesus writes about safe routes into the ‘sheepfold’, and implies that there are people with malicious intent. In these days in which our physical representations of the ‘sheepfold’ are firmly shut to all comers we are learning ‘fast and furious’ about how to be a virtual ‘sheepfold’; how can we ‘Share Christ’ without going near each other. Some of this is easy to think through but some is not.

There have long been controls in place in the mainstream Christian denominations that ensure that those who hear the ‘Call to Preach’ are trained and their Call is tested, whether they become fully ordained or lay servants of the Gospel. None of that prevents or has prevented outrageous things being said over the last two thousand years, some of it at considerable variance from the central tenets of the Gospel.

So here we are as the Church of Christ. Physically, doors are shut while virtually they stand wide open. That has more to recommend it than not; for my part I rejoice that people of faith are not walking away but coming in and if making that happen means breaking a few taboos then so be it. There is a risk though. If you are reading this as a hearer of many sermons, remember that you have a foundation of solid truth beneath you that is a support and will help you work out whether what you hear and read is ‘good’ or not. If you are new to it all, listen and absorb, but above all think. All of us still have the ‘virtual one another’ to discuss things with and none of us is deprived of the source for the core truths from which all our messaging should be derived.

Daily bible reading has been vital to me for most of my sixty years. Bible reading makes sense in the context of openness to God, and it makes sense of what others say and preach, unless they are of malicious intent – few are, but some need to be avoided.

‘Good Shepherd, who cares for the sheep,

Tend our hearts with your healing oil.

Keep us safe,

Protect us and guide us,

And let us walk in your ways, always.’ Amen.

 

Prayer Topics for the town:

For the work of the Hour Community in getting shopping and prescriptions and for neighbours helping one another

For the work of the Foodbank – see request below

For the Work of Mills Meadow carers and staff, the surgery and carers going into homes in our community

For our schools and their ongoing work

For those who deliver, those who work in the Co Op and other places serving taking away food, papers and the pharmacy

HELP NEEDED – thanks to those who have already responded … can you help?

Framlingham Foodbank

Volunteers from churches in Framlingham help to make emergency food deliveries to those in need in Framlingham and the surrounding villages.  We are supported by the Trussell Trust, which works to combat poverty across the United Kingdom.  Food parcels are delivered to us from a central warehouse at Waveney Foodbank, in Eye, to our own shorter-term store.  Our volunteers then deliver this food to local people in crisis. 

But we have a problem!  Many of our willing volunteers are self-isolating because of age or vulnerability, and as a result we are now short of people who can deliver these food parcels to needy local families.  Would you be willing to consider helping us, please?  Even if only for a limited time, until the pandemic is over?  We provide the PPE for you, and food parcels for you to deliver.  All you need is to be willing to collect the food parcel from our little local sub-depot, and deliver it to the family in crisis, perhaps once or twice a week at the most.

To find out more about what’s entailed, without any obligation, please telephone Alan Rabjohn, on 564149 or Jeremy Schofield on 724310.   

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 SHARING CHRIST 6

Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

William Glasse leading UFC on a Sunday at 11 on facebook

There are three ways to access this:

Find William Glasse on Facebook and follow the event link there 

 Click the following link which will open your internet browser – you can continue to join the meeting there (you do not have to download the Teams app unless you want to) Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

 Dial the following number on a phone:  020 3443 6294 - When asked for the conference ID use your keypad to type 878 173 346 # You will be asked to record your name – but no need unless you want to – and then type # again

 

St Michael’s and Saxtead

SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham

Time: SUNDAY Apr 19, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk

Night Prayer with Martin Dawes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT3-Gq6kaZg

Talks at Baptist Church                 http://www.framlinghambaptist.co.uk/media/

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

Some thoughts from Richard Rohr shared by Prue Gibbons of FCBC

Life is hard, and yet Jesus says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28).

It is hard to bear God—but it is even harder not to bear God. The pain one brings upon oneself by living outside of evident reality is a greater and longer-lasting pain than the brief pain of facing it head on. Enlightened people invariably describe the spiritual experience of God as resting, peace, delight, and even ecstasy.

If our religion has no deep joy and no inherent contentment about it, then it is not the real thing. If our religion is primarily fear of self, the world, and God; if it is primarily focused on meeting religious duties and obligations, then it is indeed a hard yoke and heavy burden. I’d go so far as to say that it’s hardly worthwhile. I think the promise from Jesus that his burden is easy and light seeks to reassure us that rigid and humorless religion is not his way and certainly not the only way.

It is God within us that loves God, so seek joy in God and peace within; seek to rest in the good, the true, and the beautiful. It is the only resting place that also allows us to bear the darkness. Hard and soft, difficult and easy, pain and ecstasy do not eliminate one another, but actually allow each other. They bow back and forth like dancers, although it is harder to bow to pain and to failure. If you look deeply inside every success, there are already seeds and signs of limits; if you look inside every failure, there are also seeds and signs of opportunity.

Who among us has not been able to eventually recognize the silver lining in the darkest of life’s clouds? You would think the universal pattern of death and life, the lesson of the Gospel and Jesus’ life would be utterly clear to me by now, yet I still fight and repress my would-be resurrections, even if just in my own mind. For some reason, we give and get our energy from dark clouds much more than silver linings. True joy is harder to access and even harder to hold onto than anger or fear. 

If our soul is at rest in the comforting sweetness and softness of God, we can bear the hardness of life and see through failure. That’s why people in love—and often people at the end of life—have such an excess of energy for others. If our truth does not set us free, it is not truth at all. If God cannot be rested in, God must not be much of a God. If God is not joy, then what has created the sunrise and sunset?

Prayer Topics for the town:

For the work of the Hour Community in getting shopping and prescriptions and for neighbours helping one another

For the work of the Foodbank – see request below

For the Work of Mills Meadow carers and staff, the surgery and carers going into homes in our community

For our schools and their ongoing work

For those who deliver, those who work in the Co Op and other places serving taking away food, papers and the pharmacy

HELP NEEDED

Framlingham Foodbank

Volunteers from churches in Framlingham help to make emergency food deliveries to those in need in Framlingham and the surrounding villages.  We are supported by the Trussell Trust, which works to combat poverty across the United Kingdom.  Food parcels are delivered to us from a central warehouse at Waveney Foodbank, in Eye, to our own shorter-term store.  Our volunteers then deliver this food to local people in crisis. 

But we have a problem!  Many of our willing volunteers are self-isolating because of age or vulnerability, and as a result we are now short of people who can deliver these food parcels to needy local families.  Would you be willing to consider helping us, please?  Even if only for a limited time, until the pandemic is over?  We provide the PPE for you, and food parcels for you to deliver.  All you need is to be willing to collect the food parcel from our little local sub-depot, and deliver it to the family in crisis, perhaps once or twice a week at the most.

To find out more about what’s entailed, without any obligation, please telephone Alan Rabjohn, on 564149 or Jeremy Schofield on 724310.   

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SHARING CHRIST 5       16.04.20

Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

William Glasse leading UFC on a Sunday at 11 on facebook

There are three ways to access this:

Find William Glasse on Facebook and follow the event link there 

 Click the following link which will open your internet browser – you can continue to join the meeting there (you do not have to download the Teams app unless you want to) Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

 Dial the following number on a phone:  020 3443 6294 - When asked for the conference ID use your keypad to type 878 173 346 # You will be asked to record your name – but no need unless you want to – and then type # again

 

St Michael’s and Saxtead

EASTER Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham

Time: SUNDAY Apr 19, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk

Night Prayer with Martin Dawes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT3-Gq6kaZg

Talks at Baptist Church                 http://www.framlinghambaptist.co.uk/media/

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

 

Some Easter thoughts from Rev Betty Mockford

‘Peace be with you’

Lockdown.

The disciples were in lockdown ‘for fear of the Jews.’

The religious authorities have killed their master and teacher, and theyc fear for their own lives.

Lockdown.

In a locked room, suddenly Jesus is with them. No bolts or bars can lock him out. He speaks to them words of peace, three times and each with a deeper meaning.

First, an assurance of fellowship and forgiveness. Jesus is with them. He shows them his hands and his side, the wounds of his crucified body still visible, wounds by which we are healed, by which we receive forgiveness for our failures.

The second greeting leads to empowering, ‘As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ Jesus breathes on them his Spirit. As in the Creation story God breathes life into Adam, so Jesus breathed into his frightened disciples new life, and sends them to continue his commission in the world.

The third greeting is an invitation to believe. Thomas, who wasn’t with the others when Jesus first appeared, wants his own evidence that Christ is alive. His honest doubts lead to his amazing, faith-filled declaration: ‘My Lord and my God!’ A challenge to us to believe too.

Lockdown. In these weeks of lockdown during the coronavirus, Jesus speaks peace to our anxiety and isolation. He offers us forgiveness, empowerment and faith. We have time to be with him in our homes, and to pray for those beyond our four walls, for family and friends and neighbours and those working for our benefit and well being.

So … some ideas for prayer

Father, as Christians may we be people

            not of fear but courage

            not of greed but generosity

            not of concern just for ourselves

            but for the safety of our neighbours. Amen

 

A Celtic circle prayer

(you might like to use the gesture of drawing a circle each time,

 and add your own words as appropriate)

Circle us Lord;

Keep fear without

And peace within.

Circle us Lord

Keep darkness out

And light within.

Circle us Lord …

May the peace of God which passes all understanding,

Keep our hearts and minds

In the knowledge and love of God,

And of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen

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 SHARING CHRIST 4 HOLY WEEK AND EASTER   09.04.20 Mark Saunders

Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

Night Prayer with Martin Dawes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT3-Gq6kaZg

Talks at Baptist Church                 http://www.framlinghambaptist.co.uk/media/

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

William Glasse leading UFC on a Sunday at 11 on facebook

There are three ways to access this:

Find William Glasse on Facebook and follow the event link there 

 Click the following link which will open your internet browser – you can continue to join the meeting there (you do not have to download the Teams app unless you want to) Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

 Dial the following number on a phone:  020 3443 6294 - When asked for the conference ID use your keypad to type 878 173 346 # You will be asked to record your name – but no need unless you want to – and then type # again

 

 Easter at St Michael’s and Saxtead

EASTER SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham

Time: SUNDAY Apr 12, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk

 

Some Easter thoughts from Mark and Tatiana

 

 Holy Week and Easter at St Michael’s and Saxtead

EASTER SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham

Time: SUNDAY Apr 12, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk

From darkness to light, fear to triumph, disaster and hope. St Matthew’s account of the Resurrection has the lot. It doesn’t make the Cross and Resurrection easy places to be - and this Easter the challenge to overcome the darkness, fear and disaster of Coronavirus with the light, triumph and hope of Christ is the task of all of us.  I could say so much more - and probably will do on Sunday morning so don’t want to repeat myself then. At Easter we rejoice in the risen Lord and in our calling each and everyone of us – as members of the Body of Christ to live the risen life – the life of Jesus in the world today- to be  channels of his life- his light and hope and triumph

We are called to do that in the middle of lock down for COVID 19; and we have talked to our neighbours- indeed we have loved our neighbours, we have served our neighbours- through phone calls- e mails- Whats App- Skype- through collecting prescriptions/shopping- reached out along with those of faith and those of no faith and we have touched lives- we have lived the risen life.

For the risen life is a life which gives hope- speaks peace- recognises each and every person as made in the image of Christ.

And someone did this for me and I’m going to share with you Tatiana’s Easter garden. She is a member of the Sing Praise group at school who were set a challenge to do an Easter Garden. We’ve had several in so far and the can be seen on St Michael’s Framlingham facebook (go and take a look). Tatiana also supplied us with an Easter understanding as well. Today I’m going to share a picture of it and this is her explanation:

Here is a picture of Tatiana’s Easter garden. She has chosen significant flowers/plants:

 Easter garden

 

The rosemary bush near the entrance to tomb is beautifully fragrant.

The big thistle represents the crown of thorns. The red dead nettle, that is so abundant and colourful on field edges at the moment, emphasises that Jesus was actually dead.  And the forget-me-nots....exactly the message of Easter!

Hope you like it. Happy Easter!

Easter Prayers

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

Easter Prayer from Framlingham Methodist Church

When everything was dark
and it seemed that the sun would never shine again,
your love broke through.

Your love was too strong,
too wide,
too deep
for death to hold.

The sparks cast by your love
dance and spread
and burst forth
with resurrection light.

Gracious God,
We praise you for the light of new life
made possible through Jesus.
We praise you for the light of new life
that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.
We praise you for the light of new life
that continues to shine in our hearts today.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy,
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others.
Amen.

 

 

 

SHARING CHRIST 3 HOLY WEEK AND EASTER        03.04.20 Rev Mark Saunders

Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

 Holy Week and Easter at St Michael’s and Saxtead

The services can be seen on You tube:

Maundy Thursday & see below  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J9R6Eos-OQ

Good Friday see below                  -

Holy Saturday                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StGxWCT3qiI&t=6s

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GOOD FRIDAY - Meditations, pictures and poems by Andrea Skevington on The last words of Jesus will be sent early next week. Andrea gave us some excellent Lent Talks last week and has prepared this at the request of a couple of Deaneries. Do use it at 2pm if you can.

You do not need technology but she has chosen some excellent music for those who can access you tube

For Service Sheet email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk

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EASTER SUNDAY Online Service 9.30am St Michael's Framlingham

Time: SUNDAY Apr 12, 2020 09:30 AM If you would like to join email: revmarksanders@tiscali.co.uk

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Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

Night Prayer with Martin Dawes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT3-Gq6kaZg

Talks at Baptist Church                 http://www.framlinghambaptist.co.uk/media/

Prayers from all of us                    https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/

William Glasse leading UFC on a Sunday at 11 on facebook

There are three ways to access this:

Find William Glasse on Facebook and follow the event link there 

 Click the following link which will open your internet browser – you can continue to join the meeting there (you do not have to download the Teams app unless you want to) Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

 Dial the following number on a phone:  020 3443 6294 - When asked for the conference ID use your keypad to type 878 173 346 # You will be asked to record your name – but no need unless you want to – and then type # again

 

 

 

 

A Poem for week 3 from Mike Vipond   03.04.20

REDOUBTABLE SEAS

Such gales as God grandeurs

pound walls. His voice, resurrected,

so resounds that waves projected,

sting as spray while wavelets ripple,

stipple the sea-close sea coast

of my heart.

 

How proud, still yet, humanity

responds to these salt urges;

surges so our blood when ears

with fears filled, doubt spilled

as  Galilee, frantically call

 for calm.

 

We will not yield, never, though

the undertow may speak, currents deep

though faith may sleep; calm now

so that our craft with steadfast prow

anchors in Christ; in Him;

Storms Overthrow.

 

Lord of all calm be with us all.

 

Mike 

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Prayers from the Roman Catholic Church

Generous and Merciful God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old; that we may look after each other in these challenging times, especially those among us who are vulnerable. May your example give us the courage we need to go to the margins, wherever they may be. Heal us of our fear.

Healing God, bring healing to those who are sick with the Coronavirus and be with their families and neighbours. We pray especially who those who are isolated, that they may know your love. Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

God of Strength, accompany all those who serve us with such love and generosity in the medical profession and in all our healthcare facilities.  We give thanks for their continued work in the service of people. We ask you to bless them, strengthen them and guide them with your abundant goodness.

God of Wisdom, we ask you to guide the leaders in healthcare and governance; that they may make the right decisions for the wellbeing of people.

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Soul Food from Brynn Bayman – 27th March 2020

Good Morning Soul Fooders,

As we clapped on the street at 8pm last night, along with a Nation, in solidarity and pain, I found myself asking what can I do?

And God said - STOP.

Today's Soul Food is rather 'self-absorbed' at a time when our Planet is facing suffering, fear and disaster on a scale never seen before... while we are forced to lock down and stay away. So this Soul Food, is not to forget that Billions of God's precious people need our prayers, but a chance to get us to reflect on what we can do.... and have, perhaps, never done before. And that is To STOP. To Be Still and To Pray.

Keep Healthy! I am praying for you all daily. And please drop me an email with what you are doing.... that you have never done before.

Brynn

Brynn Bayman, Chaplain, Framlingham College

bbayman@framlinghamcollege.co.uk

01728 723789

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Rev Michael Womack  27.03.20

Rector of the Churches of the Hoxne Benefice serving the communities of Athelington, Denham, Horham, Hoxne, Redlingfield, Syleham and Wingfield

South Africa today starts three weeks of lock-down and their President Cyil Ramaphosa (I'll let Brynn sort out the spelling)

has called for a National Day of Prayer. Let's do our bit for Brynn, Caroline and Susan's stranded families

and say a prayer for South Africa today.

From my trips out there, I'd say they're going to need it and it looks grim.

Michael

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Peter Marrett         Framlingham Community Baptist Church    26.03.20

Don’t Panic!

Dad’s Army still makes me laugh. Clive Dunn’s Lance Corporal Jones, running this way and that, shouting “Don’t panic!” still brings a smile, no matter how many times I’ve seen it. War-time reminders to “Keep calm and carry on” suddenly seem pertinent again, although we can no longer “carry on” in the same way. As day by day the coronavirus crisis deepens it is easy to give in to fear.

Psalm 112 describes the person who respects God and delights in His word. Such a person “has no fear of bad news, his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear.” (verses 7 and 8). Easier said than done! But if we take steps to meditate on God’s word, His Spirit will bear fruit.

Isaiah praises God, the origin of his sense of security: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (26:3)

Of course, history and personal experience show that faith in God does not immunize us against suffering. We live in a fallen world and experience the effects, like everyone else. Jesus himself said, ”in this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33) – his disciples were about to have theirs turned upside down – but he added, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, do not be afraid.” Jesus’ promise still stands: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” (John 14: 27).

Paul takes up the theme in Philippians 4: 5-7: “The Lord is near, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

So here are seven practical steps to help us tune in to God and avoid the panic:

1. Meditate: Hold in mind the bigger picture. “Set your minds on things above.” (Colossians 3: 2). Remember that whatever happens, your eternal destiny is secure. “For I am convinced that neither death not life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation” (I think that covers viruses!) “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39). “I trust in You, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands”. (Psalm 31:14-15).

2. Maintain an “attitude of gratitude”. Focus on things we can still enjoy and thank God for those who developed the telephone and internet! And those who continue to work hard at maintaining a normal service through the crisis.

3. Get out in the spring sunshine – while keeping your distance from others - and enjoy God’s wonderful creation. Exercise and green spaces are so good for our emotional well-being.

4. Whilst our focus should be on what we can do for others, not what they can do for us, let’s not be afraid to ask for help if we need it.

5. If we now have more time than usual, develop a good routine and make the most of the time. Prayer and Bible meditation need to be included – and could revolutionise our state of mind. And although we can no longer participate in sung praise, there is a wealth of Christian music on YouTube, from plainsong to rock!

6. Take some of the extra time to cultivate useful skills which will make you more self-reliant. For example, cookery, carpentry, growing your own food and mending your own clothes. If the kids are at home, involve them too. Teach them some useful life skills that aren’t covered in the National Curriculum!

7. You might have to isolate, but you can still communicate! Pick up the phone and bless someone who might be feeling lonely.

God bless us all!

Prayer

We praise you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you are the Father of compassion

and the God of all comfort. As you comfort us in our troubles,

help us to endure with patience and pass on the comfort to others.  Amen.

(Inspired by St Paul, 2 Corinthians 1: 3-5)

Peter Marrett         Framlingham Community Baptist Church

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Prayers           Mark Sanders 26.03.20

Prayer and care are what we can offer now, simple words and actions which God touches and transforms.

A prayer in the time of coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer for our community

For those who are sick – especially any we know, and for those caring for them

For the medical services in the town and area and emergency services

For those who risk their health to help others

Amen

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Rev Brynn Bayman, Chaplain, Framlingham College 23.03.20

Here is today’s Thought for the Day with a fun video link…. To lift your spirits!

https://vimeo.com/399842184

“The Easter Message is made up of two parts – the sadness and sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross on Good Friday and the Joy of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. As we find ourselves having to give up so much more for Lent this year, including social interaction, the Students at Framlingham College have a wonderful message for us all: It may be “Friday” and life is not great, but Sunday's a-coming – we will all rise again!”

Blessings,

Brynn

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Prayers           Mark Sanders 21.03.20

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

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Revd Brynn Bayman at Framlingham College          19th March 2020

Thought for the day - May we BE TOGETHER

The foreseeable future will involve social upheaval and self-isolation for many. I am encouraged by the words of C.S. Lewis, written some 72 years ago (adapted below):
“As we face a global pandemic: may it find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, playing tennis, chatting to our friends and playing darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about viruses. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.” The birds and spring blossoms do not seem to have received the Covid-19 Memo. May we take this opportunity to look after our loved ones, enjoy the vitality of Spring, read books and exercise daily. May we find time, as families to bake cakes, tell stories and pour over all those family photo albums that simply collect dust. We have this opportunity as families to be together – may we BE TOGETHER.

A Prayer:
May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

As uncertainty grips our country, Let us choose love. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways of sharing God’s Loving embrace. Amen.

Rev B