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

Welcome

 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.

St Michael’s Framlingham

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SHARING CHRIST 60 added 24.07.22
Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers
Local Sharing Prayer and Faith
St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church
Sunday Mass at 9am, Thursday at 12 noon
Framlingham Community Baptist Church
In the FAYAP Centre and on Zoom each Sunday at 10.45am –Communion all Sundays except 1st, which is informal café style. For a Zoom link email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk
St Michael’s, Framlingham
Sundays -8am Holy Communion and 9.30am Parish Communion (Family Communion 1st Sunday) Wednesdays – Said Communion at 10.30am
All Saints, Saxtead
11.15am 1st and 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer, 2nd, 4th and 5th Holy Communion
United Free Church, Framlingham
Sunday worship at 11.00am with a Zoom link to those at home.
Zoom information may be found on the church website. http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/
Prayers from all of us https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/ Psalm 139: 1-6
‘You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.’
A Prayer from Henri Nouwen
O Lord, who else or what else can I desire but you? You are my Lord, Lord of my heart, mind, and soul. You know me through and through. In and through you everything that is finds its origin and goal. You embrace all that exists and care for it with divine love and compassion. Why, then, do I keep expecting happiness and satisfaction outside of you? Why do I keep relating to you as one of my many relationships, instead of my only relationship, in which all other ones are grounded? Why do I keep looking for popularity, respect from others, success,

acclaim, and sensual pleasures? Why, Lord, is it so hard for me to make you the only one? Why do I keep hesitating to surrender myself totally to you?
Help me, O Lord, to let my old self die, to let me die to the thousand big and small ways in which I am still building up my false self and trying to cling to my false desires. Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words, and thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you.
I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self to a new life in and for you. I know and trust that this is the road to freedom.
Lord, dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend. Amen.
With thanks to Prue Gibbons

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SHARING CHRIST 59  
Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers
Local Sharing Prayer and Faith
St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church
Sunday Mass at 9am, Thursday at 12 noon
Framlingham Community Baptist Church
In the FAYAP Centre and on Zoom each Sunday at 10.45am –Communion all Sundays except 1st, which is informal café style. For a Zoom link email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk
St Michael’s, Framlingham
Sundays -8am Holy Communion and 9.30am Parish Communion (Family Communion 1st Sunday) Wednesdays – Said Communion at 10.30am
All Saints, Saxtead
11.15am 1st and 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer, 2nd, 4th and 5th Holy Communion
United Free Church, Framlingham
Sunday worship at 11.00am with a Zoom link to those at home.
Zoom information may be found on the church website. http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/
Prayers from all of us https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/
Use our God-given gifts for others
What is man that you should keep him in mind?
Paul says to the people of Corinth, "those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones God has chosen- those who are nothing at all to show up those who have everything."
God has made us members of Christ Jesus, our wisdom, our virtue, our holiness and our freedom.
In thanksgiving for all these gifts, we are called to develop our special talents in serving God; for each of us is unique called to share witness, prophecy and wisdom; to become channels of the love of God.
We have a God-given gift, just as the sun has its brightness and the moon, a different brightness and the stars differ from each other in brightness.
Paul tells the Galatians, "You have all clothed yourselves in Christ and there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female but you are all one in Christ Jesus."

And being one, we take as our law-"Love your neighbour as yourself". If we love our neighbour we will avoid self-indulgence, stressing in our relationship with one another- peace and love, gentleness and self-control. Being channels we must filter out the impurities of life so that we too, pass on the living water.
If we love one another as Jesus loves us, we must bear with one another, forgive each other as the Lord has forgiven us. We must do everything for the Lord's service- God has kept us in mind and all that we are has being in him.
The letter to the Hebrews stresses that since all children share the same blood and flesh, Christ has redeemed us all from the power and slavery of death and sin.
What we are called to is a life of good works- feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, “for whatsoever we do to the least of God's little ones, we do to the Lord”.
"By doing something good and not only believing" John writes; "we are justified".
We are peacemakers, when we work for peace and sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.
Let us pray that we are kept in God's care, guided by the Holy Spirit and following the Lord Jesus.
Let us be faithful stewards of all God's creation for God made it and saw it was good; and like good stewards put ourselves at the service of others.
Prayer
Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy.
Help us to worship you, one God in three persons, by proclaiming and living our faith in you.
Amen.
Rev. Mike Vipond

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SHARING CHRIST 58 added 27th May 2022


Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers
Local Sharing Prayer and Faith
St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church
Sunday Mass at 9am, Thursday at 12 noon
Framlingham Community Baptist Church
In the FAYAP Centre and on Zoom each Sunday at 10.45am –Communion all Sundays except 1st, which is informal café style. For a Zoom link email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk
St Michael’s, Framlingham Sundays -8am Holy Communion and 9.30am Parish Communion (Family Communion 1st Sunday) Wednesdays – Said Communion at 10.30am
All Saints, Saxtead
11.15am 1st and 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer, 2nd, 4th and 5th Holy Communion
United Free Church, Framlingham
Sunday 5th June, 4.30pm tea followed by 6pm Songs of Praise for the Queen’s Jubilee.
Sunday worship at 11.00am with a Zoom link to those at home. Zoom information may be found on the church website. http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/
Prayers from all of us https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/


The Power of Pentecost
The festivities for the Jubilee are going to be wonderful, with so much planned in the town! The date of the bank Holiday weekend coincides with Pentecost, which is one of my favourite festivals of the Church’s year. I like to think of it as the ‘big bang’ event of the church. The universe is continuing to expand outwards with the force of the primeval explosion of the big bang in an ever-expanding direction and that’s a great example for us.
The Church must be focussed outwards and forwards in the trajectory of the Holy Spirit which burst onto the disciples on that first Pentecost. The energy the Holy Spirit created and inspired saw the church grow massively in those early years, embracing difference and diversity while maintaining unity (that’s no small task as church history teaches us well!)
That Pentecostal power continues to guide the direction of the Church in all the world. It is good to be reminded of that power which blows in unexpected places and directions as God searches the world for hearts ready to awaken to his loving call with his message of salvation.
Our work as Churches is to be attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to seek to work in unity with it as individual churches and as Churches Together. It is so easy to forget in the busyness of being church that God is the power and energy that underpins our work of being the Kingdom in the world. The early Church was very aware of that blessing, constantly meeting to praise God for his goodness and reach out in new directions to spread the Gospel. The call is always to reach out and to move forward and that takes courage in our world today.
Let us pray that the Spirit which ignited the early church will continue to ignite our faith and lead us where we need to go to grow the kingdom of God where we are!
Revd. Chris Davey
A Pentecost Prayer
Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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SHARING CHRIST 57  added 18.04.22
Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers
Local Sharing Prayer and Faith
Good Friday Walk of Witness, 10am starting from St Clare’s
St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church
Sunday Mass at 9am, Thursday at 12 noon
Framlingham Community Baptist Church
Easter Sunday 10.45am, Easter Family Communion Service with children’s Easter Egg hunt In the FAYAP Centre and on Zoom each Sunday at 10.45am. For a Zoom link email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk
St Michael’s, Framlingham
Good Friday 8.30am Morning Prayer, 10am Children’s Activity, 2pm Liturgy Easter Sunday 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Family Communion. Sundays -8am Holy Communion and 9.30am Parish Communion (Family Communion 1st Sunday) Wednesdays – Said Communion at 10.30am
All Saints, Saxtead
Good Friday, 9.30am Service of the Passion 11.15am 1st and 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer, 2nd, 4th and 5th Holy Communion
United Free Church, Framlingham
Easter Communion, 11am Sunday worship at 11.00am with a Zoom link to those at home. Zoom information may be found on the church website. http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/
Prayers from all of us https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/


The Many Rays of Hope
The Easter season is a time of hope. There still is fear, there still is a painful awareness of sinfulness, but there also is light breaking through. Something new is happening, something that goes beyond the changing moods of our life. We can be joyful or sad, optimistic or pessimistic, tranquil or angry, but the solid stream of God’s presence moves deeper than the small waves of our minds and hearts. Easter brings the awareness that God is present even when his presence is not directly noticed. Easter brings the good news that, although things seem to get worse in the world, the Evil One has already been overcome.
Easter allows us to affirm that although God seems very distant and although we remain preoccupied with many little things, our Lord walks with us on the road and keeps explaining the Scriptures to us. Thus there are many rays of hope casting their light on our way through life.


Henri Nouwen, courtesy of Prue Gibbons
Romans 6:4-5 explains this about what Easter means for us:
‘... just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.’


Prayer
Dear Lord,
May we realise afresh what Your death and resurrection mean for us. Forgiveness, freedom and the ability to walk with You through this fallen chaotic world into eternity. May we find peace and satisfaction in You and Your willingness to offer Yourself to us We give you thanks and praise your Holy name Jesus.
Amen

 SHARING CHRIST 56 added 21.03.22

Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers

    Local Sharing Prayer and Faith

St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church 

Sunday Mass at 9am, Thursday at 12 noon

Framlingham Community Baptist Church

In the FAYAP Centre and on Zoom each Sunday at 10.45am. For a Zoom link email info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk

St Michael’s, Framlingham

Sundays -8am Holy Communion and 9.30am Parish Communion (Family Communion 1st Sunday)
Wednesdays – Said Communion at 10.30am

All Saints, Saxtead

11.15am     1st and 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer, 2nd, 4th and 5th Holy Communion

United Free Church, Framlingham                    

Sunday worship at 11.00am with a Zoom link to those at home.
Zoom information may be found on the church website. http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/

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

 

 

Do we see stars or mud?

In his Ballad of Reading Jail Oscar Wilde wrote "Two men looked out through prison bars - one saw mud, the other saw stars."

Luke 9:28 - 36 speaks of the transfiguration where the appearance of Jesus became blindingly bright as did the figures of Moses and Elijah and Peter and his companions witnessed the glory of God.

Not on the same scale but daily we can choose to see mud or stars. We can witness God's miracle of creation or hear of those who fail to recognise the beauty of the earth. We can bemoan the unfairness of life or give thanks and praise for all our blessings.

"Consider," says Jesus, "the lilies of the field who do not work and yet Solomon, in all his glory, was not dressed like one of these." Not one small sparrow falls from heaven but our Father knows. He has given his angels charge over you to protect and guide you.

We have been given responsibility for God's world and what a joyous privilege that is! As stewards we are privileged to take up some part of our Saviour's cross and be other Christs to the world.

Love is unfulfilled if it is not used or is only self-centred; love is to be shared amongst all creation equally: for, as Peter writes of Cornelius and his dream of all the clean and unclean animals, "I have come to realise God has no favourites."

As equals in God's eyes we are expected to see his glory in all things bright and beautiful, in the sunrises and settings, to savour the sweet intake of breath, to celebrate the lives of others of whatever length they may be, and in all their diversity for they can love and be objects of unconditional love.

At whatever stage or condition of life we may be we are loved and blessed. Paul tells us that when he is weak he is most loved; Mother Julian feels enfolded in love in her darkest hours and St Mother Teresa speaks of the dark nights of the soul when she directed herself and her co-workers to see Christ in all the sick and dying they encountered.

Sharing Christ is the ability of striving to embrace all creation. How wonderful is the gift and sanctity of life and we are blessed in the diversity of living even in the times when we feel all is not as it should be. God has made us co-heirs to the kingdom and being heirs is never easy.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, the merciful, the peacemakers and those who seek justice, the blessed and miraculous kingdom is theirs.

Praise be to you O Christ.

Rev Mike Vipond

 

Prayer for Ukraine (courtesy of World Vision)

Heavenly Father, hear our prayers for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

Lord we ask for peace for those who need peace, reconciliation for those who need reconciliation and comfort for all who don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Lord may your Kingdom come, and Your will be done.

Lord God, we ask for you to be with all – especially children who are suffering as the crisis in Ukraine deteriorates. Lord for those who are anxious and fearful; for those who are bereaved, injured or who have lost their lives and for those who have lost loved ones…

… Lord hear our prayers.

Lord, we ask that decisions makers hear Your voice. Parents protecting their families – deciding whether to stay or leave. Church leaders as they support and comfort people. And Lord we ask for wise actions from global leaders - who have the power not only to start wars, but to stop them too. 

And Father God we cry out for an end to this crisis. For mercy, peace, and truth – because You are light, hope, power, and love.

Amen.

 

 

 

SHARING CHRIST 55 added 21.02.22


Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers
Local Sharing Prayer and Faith


St Clare’s Roman Catholic Church
Sunday Mass at 9am, Thursday at 12 noon
Framlingham Community Baptist Church
In the FAYAP Centre and on Zoom each Sunday at 10.45am. For a Zoom link email
info@framlinghambaptist.co.uk
St Michael’s, Framlingham
Sundays -8am Holy Communion and 9.30am Parish Communion (Family Communion 1st Sunday)
Wednesdays – Said Communion at 10.30am
All Saints, Saxtead
11.15am 1st and 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer, 2nd, 4th and 5th Holy Communion
United Free Church, Framlingham
Sunday worship at 11.00am with a Zoom link to those at home.
Zoom information may be found on the church website. http://framlinghamufc.onesuffolk.net/
Prayers from all of us https://www.stmichaelsframlingham.org.uk/prayers-framlingham-churches/


Let’s not rush


I was delighted this week when the snowdrops in the rectory grounds suddenly came out and
the annual display of daffodils began to show their young selves above ground. It’s a
wonderful reminder that the spring is fast approaching and the life which sleeps in winter is
now beginning to wake. It reminds me of the God who speaks to us through his creation about
the need to reflect the seasons in our lives. God calls us to times of rest as well as times of
growth, both are important and needed if our lives are to be authentically fruitful.
We live in a world where increasingly busyness is prized and rest time squeezed out. As
Christians we must resist that trend, seductive though it may be. Sabbath rest was the first
gift that God gave to his children but a sense of the Sabbath as a day of rest has almost
disappeared in our country.
As our world begins to move beyond the restrictions which Covid has imposed we must avoid
the dash to greater busyness, either to catch up with what we have lost or because we feel
the need to live life in the fast lane after the last few years. It has been very hard in so many
different ways to be separated from each other, but perhaps it has also given us a chance to
think differently?
Before the height of summer comes the spring, where we get a sense of the promises of the
heat and glory of summer months. But if we are attentive each season has a beauty of its
own, so let’s not rush headlong into activity just because that opportunity may now be
possible. Let us take time each day and in each week to stop and watch the leaves begin to
bud and the flowers begin to form. Let us see in and through it all the imprint of the God of
love, who holds us through every season of life even when the days are cold and bleak. Let
us allow our hearts to sing with gratitude even in the midst of challenge, rejoicing in the God
who dances on the wind and shines in the daffodil!
Rev Chris Davey


Prayer
Loving God,
In creation we see your face reflected.
As we move from winter to spring,
We thank you for signs of new growth
In our churches, our communities and families.
Help us to stop long enough to really see each blessing,
That our praise may always spring from gratitude.
Amen.

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