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St. Mary the Virgin Bramford, St. Mary Nettlestead, St Mary the Virgin Little Blakenham, St Peter Baylham

Rector: Revd. Eric Falla

01473 484 676 / 07540 359 993 / email: eric.falla@yahoo.com

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Morning Prayer

St Mary’s Bramford Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8.30am plus fourth and fifth Wednesdays at Bramford.

Sunday, 14 January Epiphany 2

8am Holy Communion (Said) Bramford

10am Holy Communion Nettlestead

Sunday, 21 January Epiphany 3

10am Holy Communion Baylham

Sunday, 28 January Epiphany 4

8am Holy Communion (Said) Bramford

11am Holy Communion Little Blakenham

Dear Friends 

The calendar page turns. January is our annual reminder that time keeps on into the future. January is when we look back and reflect on all that has been. All that has been gained. All that has been lost. All that has been missed. All that has been grasped. Faces that used to be right in front of us fade a little more into memory and then we turn and look forward to the year, the life in front of us. We look at the road stretching out in front of us. New challenges. New opportunities. Faces that someday we will not be able to imagine life without linger just beyond our vision. And just for a moment perhaps, we stop. Between what has been and what is to come. And we ask ourselves: What has brought us this far on the way? What do we need for the journey before us? And the answer remains the same. Love. People come into our lives …and people depart. The new becomes familiar …and the familiar grows old and the old makes room for the new And we grieve. And we welcome. And we remember.  Regardless of what the road behind us has been regardless of what the road ahead of us holds… God promises us one thing. Love.

God gives Godself to us … in love.

God gives us to each other … in love.

God binds all creation together … in love.

Love is how we can heal from whatever has been in the past. Love is how we can live with whatever challenges exist in the present. Love is how we can face whatever changes are coming in the future. Every Sunday the church gathers around the Eucharistic table and shares the bread … and the cup … and the story. We and God lay our whole lives on that table We give ourselves to God and one another. We remember that God does the same. And then we receive a piece of bread. A sip of wine. A reminder that we are never alone. That we have God. That we have each other. That we are bound together forever. In love. I do not know what the year to come will hold for us. I imagine there will be heartbreaks and goodbyes I imagine there will be happiness and hellos. I imagine there will be changes that will cause some of us to mourn and others to rejoice. I imagine there will be opportunities that we will grasp and others we will miss. We will have crises and we will have blessings We will hurt each other and we will hold each other

And every week, the church community we will come together And receive a piece of bread. A sip of wine. A reminder that we are never alone. That we have God. That we have each other. That we are bound together.

It is January. And just for a moment, we pause. Between what has been and what is to come. And we ask ourselves: What has brought us this far on the way? What do we need for the journey before us? And the answer is simple but will remains true and remains the same. Love. May God be with you all in this New Year.

Rev Eric Rector

Parish notices

Funerals

30 November 2023  Peter Rogers Ipswich Crematorium

4 December 2023 David Hughes  Seven Hills Crematorium

May they rest in peace and rise in Glory

Coffee Mornings

Saturday, 20 January 10am–12 Noon Lt Blakenham Village Hall

Saturday, 27 January 10am Bramford Church Room

Rural Coffee Caravan 

Monday, 15 January (TBC) 10am–12 noon   Lorraine Victory Hall Bramford

The Gathering

Tuesday, 16 January 2pm Bramford Church Room

Floodlighting of the Spire of St. Mary’s Church

17 January  In memory of Philip Stewart on his birthday

22 January In memory of Maria Whight on her birthday

If you would like to have the spire floodlit, please ring Stewart on: 01473 462231. The requested donation is £10 per week  

Sunday Readings for January 

7 January Epiphany 1 White

Ephesians 3.1-12 Matthew 2.1-12

14 January Epiphany 2 White

Revelation 5.1-10 John 1.43-end

21 January Epiphany 3 White

Revelation 19.6-10 John 2.1-11

28 January Epiphany 4 White

Presentation of Christ in the Temple Candlemas

Hebrews 2.14-18 Luke 2.22-40

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