The Minister writes

 

 

 

Pentecost Sunday Hope!

Dear All,

This year, Pentecost Sunday, Sunday 23rd May, we hope will be a particularly special day as we are aiming to return to our church sanctuary for worship that day. Having carefully considered our reopening once again, the Deacons feel that this will be a responsible and apt date to work towards. It is also in line with the advice given to us by all the URC Synod Moderators. This hope is, of course, subject to local infection rates remaining low and will involve us following the same rules as in the autumn time last year, but if it is possible, what a wonderful way to mark the birthday of the Christian Church this year as we gather once again to worship God!

I know some of us would love to be back sooner than this; hopefully this target date can still be good news to you, even if it’s a few weeks later than you would have hoped. I am also aware that some of us, for very understandable reasons, will be waiting a little while longer before rejoining us in the sanctuary. As ever, we will continue to be as inclusive as possible and there will only be one service each week. The service on the service sheet, distributed before the Sunday will be the same as the service in the sanctuary on Sunday, with the only likely addition being a short family talk most weeks for the children in the church.

Additionally, while we are not yet planning to livestream our service, we do hope that most weeks there will be a video of the service in the sanctuary available Sunday afternoons by email and DVD/CD for those not able to attend. As with all our other videos, the weekly video of our service will be uploaded to the ‘Christ Church, Ipswich’ YouTube channel and this can be found on our church website too. I hope these plans will help us all to feel as connected and blessed as possible as we move forward as a church family in what has been a difficult time for many.

For now, as the Season of Easter continues and moves towards Pentecost, I pray that the hope, joy and peace of the risen Lord will be a comfort and a strength to you and your loved ones. I close with an Easter Season prayer from the Church of Scotland’s ‘Book of Common Order’:

Almighty and eternal God,

the strength of those who believe

and the hope of those who doubt,

may we, who have not seen, have faith

and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing,

who is alive and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Every blessing,

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