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01473 527499

St. Mary's Church
Church Street
Hadleigh
IPSWICH
Suffolk
IP7 5DT
office@stmaryshadleigh.co.uk

 

Tree of Memories

We are priviliged to be able to minister to those who have been recently bereaved.

If you would like a funeral to be held in one of our three churches, or for one of our ministry team to lead a service at one of the local crematorium, please speak to your chosen funeral director who will make the arrangements on your behalf.

Should you not have chosen your funeral director, you might like to contact one of the following:

Fathing Singleton & Hastings, Ipswich - Tel: 01473 272711
G Gwinnell & Sons, Hadleigh - Tel: 01473 824440
Hunnaball of Ipswich - Tel: 01473 748808
Kingsbury & Saunders, Hadleigh - Tel: 01473 823117

Our weekly notice sheet mentions by name all those who have recently died. This enables the church community to pray for family and friends at this sad and difficult time. One of our ministry team will visit you to make practical arrangements for the funeral. The service will often include a tribute, a bible reading and perhaps poetry, as well as hymns, prayers and a short address. Two weeks after the funeral we will post a card to you and, if you would like, will arrange to visit you.

If you are arranging to get together family and friends after the funeral, we are pleased to recommend a local catering company:

Angel Delights

www.angel-delights.com or email info@angel-delights.com
Tel: 01473 823657 or 07900900329

St Mary's Church is available, after a funeral or memorial service if you would like to serve refreshments there, rather than relocate to another venue. Please contact the administrator for details.

For costs see Benefice Fees 2016 at Downloads/General Information.


Each year in late October/early November, around the season of remembrance (All Souls), an invitation is sent to invite you to a service of thanksgiving and remembrance for those who have died. This is a very special service and valued by many people. We automatically invite those who have lost a loved one over the last two years, but the service is open to anyone to wants to share in this opportunity.


The Story of the Fire Lily

For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. [John 5:21]

The crackling flames rise skyward
As the waving grass is burned,
But from the fire on the veld
A great truth can be learned.
For the green and living hillside
Becomes a funeral pyre,
As all the grass across the veld
Is swallowed by the fire.
What yesterday was living,
Today is dead and still,
But soon a breathless miracle
Takes place upon the hill.
For, from, the blackened ruins
There arises life anew
And scarlet lilies lift their heads
Where once the veld grass grew.
So once again the mystery
Of life and death is wrought.
And man can find assurance
In this soul-inspiring thought,
That from a bed of ashes
The fire lilies grew,
And from the ashes of our lives
God resurrects us, too.

 

God who lives in the depths of the universe

We worship you.

 

God who calls to us in the depths of our hearts and souls,

joining in our weeping and our laughing,

our sorrow and our joy,

full of kindness in the deep silences of our painful places,,

speaking into the anxious centre of our struggles,

yet also dancing with us in our delight

and sharing our celebrations:

We worship you this day.

 

You may wish to light a candle as a symbol of your continuing  journey, 

which is always lit by the light of Christ.

The candle is lit.

 

You may wish to hold a cross, or to gaze at a picture of a cross

as a symbol of the costly love of God 

which lies beneath and within all of life,

even at the end point of our hopes and faith

as we try to survive with joy in the deep waters of life.

Dear God, as we enter the journey of this day, 

the invitation into a time of reflection, 

we grieve our human failures as we face some parts of our lives.

Here, in this time of being with you, the Christ,

help us to search down into the realities of who we are 

and what we do or fail to do.  

We know that we can never earn the costly grace which you offer us.

 

Silent Reflection

 

 

Be with us here, loving Jesus.

Be with us, even as we know the truth about ourselves, for we ask it in your name.  Amen.

 

The word to us in Jesus Christ is that we are never left alone, never condemned or rejected.

The Holy Spirit, healer, companion and comforter, is our friend.

We are forgiven.

Thanks be to God.

 

Reading  from Isaiah 61: 1-3

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to announce good news to the humble, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, release to those in prison, to proclaim a year of the Lord’s favour, and a day of the vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to give them garlands instead of ashes, oil of gladness instead of mourners tears, a garment of splendour for the heavy heart.  They will be called trees of righteousness, planted by the Lord for his adornment.

From these words we remember especially, 

‘to comfort all who mourn, to give them garlands instead of ashes, oil of gladness,  that is joy, instead of mourner’s tears, a garment of splendour for the heavy heart’

The journey into life is a choice which we make.  

It is a choosing to follow the Christ 

along passages of emptiness and pathways of fullness,

through the valley of our fear and along roadways of our faith.

Help us this day to discover the ‘oil of gladness’ .

To recognize the joy of service.

We give thanks for those special glimpse of eternity, 

where harmony abounds.  

We give thanks for wonder and delight.

We give thanks for reconciliation of those things that hurt us.   

Keep us faithful in those times of interior darkness.

May we gather around us the love of God for our safe travelling, 

the courage of Christ Jesus and the truth that 

the Holy Spirit will never leave us.

We also claim the wonder and grace of each other

Thanks be to God. 

Dorothy McRae-McMahon

Prayers for the Morning in Lent

God who lives in the depths of the universe

We worship you.

 

God who calls to us in the depths of our hearts and souls,

joining in our weeping and our laughing,

our sorrow and our joy,

full of kindness in the deep silences of our painful places,,

speaking into the anxious centre of our struggles,

yet also dancing with us in our delight

and sharing our celebrations:

We worship you this day.

 

You may wish to light a candle as a symbol of your continuing  journey, 

which is always lit by the light of Christ.

The candle is lit.

 

You may wish to hold a cross, or to gaze at a picture of a cross

as a symbol of the costly love of God 

which lies beneath and within all of life,

even at the end point of our hopes and faith

as we try to survive with joy in the deep waters of life.

Dear God, as we enter the journey of this day, 

the invitation into a time of reflection, 

we grieve our human failures as we face some parts of our lives.

Here, in this time of being with you, the Christ,

help us to search down into the realities of who we are 

and what we do or fail to do.  

We know that we can never earn the costly grace which you offer us.

 

Silent Reflection

 

 

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