February 2019 Letter from our Rector, Mark
Inch by inch – or rather minute by minute – the days draw out and light returns. The cold intensifies, and I think February is meant to be the coldest month of the year so stay warm. We are hoping the Church will be warm on Sundays still.
The turning of the year and the drawing out of the light is used as a symbol of the hope given to us in Jesus, constantly renewed, never absence but sometimes obscured. Having the Christingle in early February when we remember the story of Jesus being recognised as a baby in the Temple is another way of placing Christmas light and hope into the heart of the winter cold and dark. A symbol of the hope and presence St Michael’s is here to offer along with the other churches in Framlingham. We can be agents of that light through caring for one another and out neighbours. Through welcoming people as they arrive in town – as increasing numbers are doing – and if you can help let me know. This is a task for all of us. This year our new project with Sir Robert Hitcham’s School , Sing Praise! is busy preparing a musical and our first session shared the Christian story, and in dance, drama and singing, explored the talents God gives us. More of that next month when the musical will be performed.
Our nation, government and parliament needs Christ’s light and guidance as well. As this is being written the Prime Minister is sharing meetings with different politicians. I’m sure she needs our prayers whatever political position we take up. But so does our country at this time. Hold the light of Christ in prayer and mention the politicians you agree with and those you do not and all of them that they may make good decisions for the country as a whole. Mark