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Rev John CookCommunion
Rev David Rees
Sue LiddellPentecost & Communion
St John’s URC Ipswich Diary
Regular Events at Present
Sunday 10.45am Worship for All. Communion first Sunday of each month included with the online service. MondayTuesdayWednesday 7.30pm Local AA Group Meeting Thursday 5.00pm2nd Hamilton Rainbows 6.15pm 40th Ipswich Brownies 7.30pm or 2:30Church Meeting (5 meetings per year)Friday
10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All
at which you will find a warm welcome
Services last about 45 minutes. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Minister Rev David Rees plus some excellent lay preachers, including our own two lay preachers, Sara Pells and Peter Dawson. We use a large screen to project elements of the service including the hymns. Also we sometimes join with Castle Hill via a live stream and on those Sundays the service starts 15 minutes earlier at 10:30. Currently people are using facemasks throughout the service.
Specification of the Organ
and a few ranks were added.
The Pedal reed pipes (which had been prepared for) were installed in 1993.
30 years to prepareMostoftheGospelreadingsinchurchthisyeararetakenfromLuke’sgospel.Earlyinthat gospel,thereisashortversethathaspuzzledandfascinatedmeinequalparts.Itsimply says, ‘When Jesus began his ministry, he was about thirty years of age.’ (Luke 3:23)TraditionhasitthatJosephdiedfairlyyoung,andthatJesushadtotakeuponhimselfthe supportofhismotherMaryandofhisyoungerbrothersandsisters.Itwasnotuntilthey wereoldenoughtotakethefamilybusinessontheirownshoulders,thathefeltfreeto leave Nazareth and go into the wider world and start his second career.Whetherthatistrueornot,wedon’treallyknow,thesethirtyyearsgavehimthe opportunitytoprepareforthethreeyearsofministrybylivingouthisownteachingin normaldailylife.Hadhealwaysbeenahome-less,wanderingteacherwithnohumanties orobligations,itmighthavebeensaidtohim,“Whatrighthaveyoutotalkabouthuman dutiesandhumanrelationships,you,whoneverfulfilledthem?”ButJesuswasabletosay, not just, “Do as I say,” but, “Do as I have done.”WilliamBarclaytellsthestorythattheRussianwriterLeoTolstoywasamanwhotalked aboutlivingthewayoflove;buthiswifewhobore13childrenwrotepoignantlyofhim, “Thereissolittlegenuinewarmthabouthim;hiskindnessdoesnotcomefromtheheart, butmerelyfromhisprinciples.Hisbiographieswilltellofhowhehelpedthelabourersto carrybucketsofwater,butnoonewilleverknowthathenevergavehiswifearestand never--inallthesethirty-twoyears--gavehischildadrinkofwaterorspentfiveminutes by his bedside to give me a chance to rest a little from all my labours." Hmmm.NoonecouldeverspeaklikethatofJesus.Helivedathomewhathepreachedinhis ministry.ThoughJesuswasGodinhumanform,hehadtoliveaswelive.Andbecausehe spentthesethirtyyearsinNazareth,heknewtheproblemsofmakingaliving,the hauntinginsecurityofthelifeoftheworker,theill-naturedcustomer,thepersonwho wouldnotpayhisdebts,thewonderful‘saltoftheearth’neighboursandtheneighbour who was a bigot.Itiscentraltotheincarnation–thatGodbecametrulyhuman–thatwefacenoproblem oflifeandlivingwhichJesusdidnotalsoexperience,andhisteachingsarebasedonthat grounded experience.So,givethanksforthose30years.AndperhapsaskGodtoletyouknowwhatyournext stage of life and ministry is, however long your time of preparation has been.David