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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

Welcome

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.

St Michael’s will be open 9-5 – please do go in and take some space for prayer. If you have a topic you wish to pray for please put it on one of the slips on the far side of the back of Church where there is a space for prayer. Any written prayer will be prayed again by the Prayer and Healing Group and by me. St Clare’s is open 10-12

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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Mike Vipond  28.03.20             "SHARING CHRIST"(3)

REDOUBTABLE SEAS

Such gales as God grandeurs
Pound walls.His voice,ressurected.
Sound resounds that waves projected
Sting as spray while wavelets ripple,
Stipple the 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 called
For calm.
 
We will not yield,never,though
The undertoe 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 now.

Mike Vipond

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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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Prayer challenge from the leaders of Churches Together in England on 22nd March

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

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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