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 Dear Friends

This month sees a very exciting moment in the life of our church. At our all age service on the 11th of June we will be admitting a number of our young people to Holy Communion. We have been meeting weekly for 5 weeks to talk about what it means to take Holy Communion: why we do it, what we might think about as we receive the elements of bread and wine, and how God might meet us in that time and place. It has been a real privilege to be a part of those conversations and to hear how thoughtfully they have reflected on what it means to participate in Communion.

We have spent time imagining what it feels like to take Jesus inside you.

We have spent time feeling God’s love present in a piece of bread – a gift to us.

We have talked about how God can make ordinary things special by being present within them, and how taking Communion can help remind us to look for that presence in other ordinary parts of our lives too.

And we have reflected on how it feels to join in something that has been happening for about 2000 years and still happens today all around the world and how many people that connects us to.

I have found that their reflections on these images have brought an added dimension to my own reflections as I both distribute and receive Holy Communion each week. I wonder what it is that you think about as you come up to take Communion, or to receive a blessing?

This is a question that those taking the current Pilgrim course on the Eucharist are also thinking about. I think it’s great that we have people of all ages gathering to reflect on the place of Communion in their lives and faith. Christ as the ‘bread of life’ is such a central image in our faith; both in Scripture and in our practice week by week. As a way in which you can join in this conversation, I leave you this month with a prayer for your own reflection and I invite you to join us in spending time with Jesus as the Bread of Life.

Somewhere
a miracle occurs,
a seed is sown
in fertile ground,
germinates,
grows, ripens
and in due season
will be harvested.

Somewhere
a miracle occurs,
from the simplest
of ingredients,
flour and water,
salt and yeast,
kneaded and formed.
Daily bread.

Somewhere
a miracle occurs,
your word is sown
in fertile ground,
germinates,
grows, fruits
and in due season
will be harvested.

Somewhere
a miracle occurs,
as the purest 
of ingredients,
love, hope
and joy make
broken lives whole.
Bread of Life.

God of miracle,
provider of
daily bread,
word of life
and love,
we offer you
our thanks.

Prayerfrom:  http://www.faithandworship.com/Jesus_bread_of_life.htm#ixzz4gUkW32rW 

                          From Rowena

ST MARK'S NEWS

Dear Friends

We are now into June six months of the year gone, the days, weeks and months have flown by for me.

It was nice to see Rita Hill back in church. Rita says she is getting better slowly. Nancy Walker is still in hospital get well soon Nancy, you are in our prayers and thoughts. Love from all your friends at St Mark's.

We have our Coffee Morning on Saturday 3rd June. Any donations of cakes, bric-a-brac, plants etc will be most welcome and any help on the day, gratefully received.

In June we have two birthdays, Dawn's on the 7th and Philip's on 21st, Happy Birthday to you both from all your friends at St Mark's. To anyone on holiday have a happy and peaceful time.

With love and best wishes

Marion

 


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