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21 May 2021

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Church calendars for June
Each Sunday at 8.00am BCP Eucharist, and every Wednesday at 10.30am, Holy Communion, both in St Michael's Church
June Services at All Saints Saxtead
6th 11.15am Morning Prayer
13th 11.15am Holy Communion (BCP)
20th 11.15am Holy Communion (CW)
27th 11.15am Holy Communion (CW)
June Services at St Michael’s
6th 9.30am Family Communion
13th 9.30am Parish Communion
20th 9.30am Parish Communion
27th 9.30am Parish Communion

 

 

Reflection from the Rectory
The world is beginning to
change; in our country
restrictions are beginning
to ease and it feels as if
we can see a new future
approaching where we
can reintroduce some of
the things which enrich
our lives as individuals,
families and as a church and local community.
With the opening of pubs and restaurants we
can socialise more easily but we still need to
be cautious and be mindful of the guidelines.
That said, and in the spirit of Pentecost it is
now time for the church to actively re-engage
with the world and to find opportunities to
speak of the God of love in a world which has
been through a global pandemic (mindful and
praying for those parts of the world where the
virus is still surging). But in our own context we
are beginning to look at some new and exciting
projects in the life and mission of our faith
communities.
In Framlingham new music projects and
opportunities for hospitality are all bubbling up.
In Saxtead a new memorial garden will soon
be a reality to allow people a space to sit,
reflect and remember. The work of the Church
is, at its heart, to make new disciples. I often
think this is best done by people inviting others
into our church, confident that when they come
in they will be welcomed and find something in
our worship which will touch or inspire the
weary and fearful heart.
So let us grasp the opportunities for growth
and, in the power of the Holy Spirit, build the
kingdom of God by making sure our buildings
and our worship are welcoming and relevant,
warm and inspiring, inclusive and life giving.
To do that we all have a part to play, for being
the people of God is a community activity not a
lone venture. I am excited at what is possible
walking into God’s future, I hope you are too,
because we are called to walk into it together!
Best wishes, Chris

Tails from the Rectory
Lockdown had been a quiet time for the vicarage dogs, Basil had an operation on his leg which meant he wasn’t feeling quite himself and Archie had to explore the garden on his own as Basil slept a lot in recovery and wasn’t in the mood to play. But as the days went on Basil got brighter and more bold, and he was soon joining Archie in the garden for little visits and generally feeling like his old self.
One of the things the boys loved to do was to bark when deliveries arrived at the Rectory. The kitchen window gave them an excellent view of people as they arrived and left. Basil had taught Archie the art of barking at delivery drivers as both welcome and warning. They would rush to the door with Chris to find out what had arrived, always hopeful it would be dog friendly and preferably tasty!
This morning a delivery had arrived and the boys had barked at the window then dashed to the door (Basil as fast as healing leg would allow) to see what treasure had arrived! When Chris brought the parcel in both dogs gave it a very thorough sniffing, “Nothing for you I’m afraid” Chris had said, “this is a Pentecost surprise for the church”.
A little later when Basil was resting his leg after all the excitement and Archie was laid keeping him company he asked Basil what Pentecost was? Basil, who had grown very fond of Archie as he really helped in his recovery by bringing him treats and sleeping next to him so he didn’t feel too alone, thought for a moment.
“Do you remember Easter?” Basil asked. A large chocolate drop suddenly filled Archie’s mind, and then he remembered the story of Jesus coming back to life of Easter morning, so he nodded (even though the chocolate drop kept creeping back into his thoughts in a very distracting way! ) “Well”, continued Basil, “Jesus stayed with his disciples for 40 days reminding them of all the things that he had taught them. Then he went back to God, that is called the Ascension when Jesus returns to be with his Father”. Archie was listening intently, “That must have been sad for the disciples” Archie pondered out loud. “Well perhaps it was”, continued Basil, “but Jesus made the disciples a promise that he would not leave them alone but would send them a very special gift. He promised to send them the Holy Spirit, which is the power of God working in the world to fill them with all the things they would need to be the people of God”. Archie’s eyes were wide open “ wow, did Jesus send the gift with a delivery man?” (he almost barked without thinking!).
“No” said Basil smiling at the thought, “ on the day the church calls Pentecost all the disciples experienced a rushing power overtake them, filling them with courage and inspiration, giving the words to say to people about God, even in different languages! Suddenly they realised how they could start to go out into the whole world and speak about God, and explain God as Jesus had. Pentecost was like a launch-pad into a worldwide mission. That was the power of the Holy Spirit flowing into the early church and that same Holy Spirit still flows through the church and in the world today. So Pentecost is a great celebration.”
Archie was quiet for a moment then he looked intently at Basil, “So what is the special food for Pentecost”, asked Archie excitedly. Basil thought for a moment but he couldn’t think of a special food. “I have heard Chris talk about the fruit of the spirit” he said. They looked at each other, fruit was nowhere near as exciting as chocolate as far as Archie was concerned! “Do you want to go and bark in the garden?” asked Archie after a few moments of trying to get excited about fruit but failing, maybe they dipped it in chocolate? He would need to do some serious research later. “Come on”, said Archie to Basil, “Stretching your leg is good for healing and we haven’t barked for a good twenty minutes, we don’t want to get out of practice!” Basil stood up carefully and with Archie walking at a slower pace by his side they headed out into the garden to see what needed barking at!


Church calendars for June
Each Sunday at 8.00am BCP Eucharist, and every Wednesday at 10.30am, Holy Communion, both in St Michael's Church
June Services at All Saints Saxtead
6th 11.15am Morning Prayer
13th 11.15am Holy Communion (BCP)
20th 11.15am Holy Communion (CW)
27th 11.15am Holy Communion (CW)
June Services at St Michael’s
6th 9.30am Family Communion
13th 9.30am Parish Communion
20th 9.30am Parish Communion
27th 9.30am Parish Communion