Message from Bishop Martin to The Rev Richard Finch and the parish of Leiston
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I am conscious that I was due to be with you this Sunday [29th March] to share in worship and fellowship together. The national situation means that for the sake of our own health and others, we can not physically gather together. However, I hope you will join me on Sunday in praying together from our homes so that we can be united in prayer. The gospel reading for this Sunday focusses on Lazarus, raised from the dead by our Lord Jesus as a sign pointing towards his own death and resurrection. It was, for those who witnessed it, a glimpse of the hope that Jesus brings. Although our buildings are closed, the Church is not and our calling to be people of hope and faith has not changed. I pray that we will all find new ways or rediscover old ones to be people of faith and hope in Leiston.
I shall be live-streaming a short eucharist service from my home on Sunday morning, so tune in if you can on www.facebook.com/stedscathedral
I want to thank Richard and everyone in Leiston for the work they are doing to help others at this difficult time.
I look forward to the time when we can all gather together. Until that time, please be assured of my continued prayers for you.
[Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich]
To help stop the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 all places of worship are closed and public worship is put on hold.
More information can be found on the Church of England website www.churchofengland.org
As a church community we are supporting each other by phone and sharing in prayer and worship from our homes.
Please look out for notices and information on this page and on our Facebook page.
Information about online worship and other resources are available on the Church of England website www.churchofengland.org
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God bless you and keep you.
From Rev Richard Finch
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St. Margaret of Antioch Parish Church, Church Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4HG