O Radiant Dawn

Dawn on Tuesday at Ipswich 0729: #sunriseprayer for the Middle East. Marvellous piece by James Macmillan to aid your prayer:

O Radiant Dawn, splendour of eternal light,
Sun of justice:
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.
The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light
For those who dwell in the land of gloom, a light has come
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.
Amen, amen, amen …..

The Mustard Seed Challenge

image Mark 4.30-32
30 “What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it? 31 It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. 32 After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”

Our diocesan Schools Service is in St Edmundsbury Cathedral this afternoon. It’s going to be a grand and colourful affair. Please remember us as we celebrate this vibrant part of our life and mission, and pray for our children, staff, governors and parents in they are challenged again to life in faith, hope and love together. Mustard seeds are being given out as a symbol of that challenge: I wonder what will grow?

Read on if you’re interested to find out about the Challenge and perhaps join in.

I have a mustard seed, and I’m not afraid to use it!
Pope Benedict XVI


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Mothers’ Union Healing Service at St Felix Rendlesham 


It was more than worth the long haul from Ely to Rendlesham to lead the annual Mothers’ Union Healing Service at St Felix Church there. It used to be the USAF chapel before the base closed and was redeveloped for housing, and it now serves as our community church there, alongside the old parish church of St Gregory which is now some way from where most people live.

I loved the warm colours of the hangings and frontal, and the warmth and peace of the church provided the perfect backdrop for a very special service. We took plenty of time to let God’s love and grace minister to us, and I pray that that, not to mention a trademark top-notch MU tea, will refresh and sustain the 60 or so people present during the days and weeks to come. What an excellent idea for the MU to sponsor such a service: the first time I’ve come across it.