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27 March 2020

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A Letter from our Rector, Mark:

Jesus wasn’t sensible! This strikes me every
Holy Week.
He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey when
some were hoping for a military leader - they
ride war horses or march with legions not a
donkey. Then he offended the moneyed and
the religious leaders by cleansing the Temple.
Not an act that is likely to endear you and to do
so shouting: ‘My house shall be called a house
of prayer; but you are making it a den of
The disputes went on the whole week - as they
had gone on throughout the three years of his
ministry, when he healed, when he taught,
when he forgave, when he transformed.
What do we take from this? That Jesus’
transforming message will shake us up,
surprise us and then heal us by proclaiming
the truth of what it means to take God and
each other seriously as people beloved of God.
Not to take them as individuals ready to be
exploited as the powerful too often do. Or
consumers to be told to ‘buy my product’. Or
using social media to lie to them or manipulate
The truth of the Cross and Resurrection gives
us hope and insight into the truth and love of
God’s actions. God works at the moments
when cultures clash, power is exposed,
weakness is transformed and becomes the
truth which liberates and heals.
God touches the moments of death and
isolation - moments which Jesus experienced
on Good Friday and brings out the hope that
will transform all our fears.
May Easter disrupt our complacency over what
is right and give birth to new insights, new
ways of working, hope and promise instead of
fear and selfishness. Follow this through this
Easter and learn more about Jesus and God’s
way of transformation. Mark.
Diocesan Services
Click this link to go to the Diocesan home page,
where you will find other links to the live services
and resources: https://www.cofesuffolk.org/
Ceilidh for St Michael’s Community Rooms
You will know by now that we have had to
postpone the ceilidh due to the Coronavirus
precautions. Hopefully, in the autumn we can
again enjoy the active intimacy of dancing and
celebrating together. Tickets can be refunded
or postponed as required. We will keep you up
to date on this.
Ipswich Town Pastors
Ipswich Town Pastors are looking to recruit
both new Town Pastors (we are particularly
short of Male Town Pastors at present) and
Prayer Team members. For further information
or an application form please contact the
Administrator, Pete Wood, either by email at
pete.wood@ipswichtownpastors.org.uk or by
post at 13 Camberley Road, Ipswich, IP4 5QH.
See also our website
www.ipswichtownpastors.org.uk or find us on
Facebook (open Facebook and search for
Ipswich Town Pastors)

You will all have received the notice confirming
that all churches must be kept closed; although
sad, it is unfortunately necessary to help to
beat this dangerous virus. Therefore we have
no scheduled services for the foreseeable
future. You might like to join in our ‘virtual
service’ trial this (Friday 27th) afternoon at
3.30pm – see yesterday’s email.

An Easter Recipe
Cake made to this recipe was shared by
people attending the World Day of Prayer at
St Clare’s Church. It is really more of a teabread,
and is delicious with butter, and even
Zimbabwe Mupotohayi a-k-a C
Chimodho is Shona for homemade bread.
Made and eaten in rural Zimbabwe, there are
no rules as to what can be used, because it
all depends on what is available.
For example wheat flour is used in addition
to other cereals such as corn meal, soy bean
meal, sorghum, millet or rapoko. Yeast is
usually used as the raising agent.
Mupotohayi also known as Chimodho is a
form of corn meal bread that is more like a
cake and uses baking powder as its raising
agent. In the 80’s and 90’s it was popular
served plain or buttered with some jam or
marmalade for those who could afford it.

Cornmeal cake ingredients
90g butter or oil
300ml buttermilk or natural yogurt
1 egg
180g cornmeal or polenta
170g plain flour
100g caster sugar
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 x 2lb/1kg loaf tin
1. Grease and line the loaf tin.
2. Preheat the oven to 180 C/Gas Mark 4.
3. If using butter gently melt.
4. Mix the melted butter or oil with the
buttermilk or yogurt, then whisk in the egg.
5. In a mixing bowl place all the other
ingredients, and give them a good stir to
make sure all the ingredients are mixed
6. Make a well, then stir in the egg mixture to
make a batter.
7. Spoon the batter into your prepared loaf
tin and bake for about 45 minutes or until
a skewer comes out clean when inserted.
Easter Prayer Corner
Servant Christ,
Help us to follow you into the Garden,
to watch with you, ever vigilant for signs of
the dawning of your day, to struggle
unsparingly, to understand, and to be
obedient to your perfect will.
Help us all to follow you.
Servant Christ,
Help us to follow you out of the dark tomb;
to share daily in your resurrection life, to be
renewed daily in your image of love, to serve
daily as your new body in ministering to the
Help us all to follow you, Amen