This blog entry was originally posted by Fr Keith Hebden when he was our Associate Priest
Thomas Burton, baptised and raised at St Mark’s Church died yesterday 9th July 2014, peacefully in the end, after a brave life-long struggle with his illness.
Thomas was an inspiration to us all with the way he faced up to his health challenges with incredibly good humour. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as we together commit Thomas into God’s love and care.
A vigil will take place tomorrow (Friday 11th July) at St Mark’s Church from 4-6pm ending with Evening Prayer. All welcome to drop in for a few minutes of silence or stay as long as you’re able.
God of Grace,
you know our hearts and share our sorrows.
We are hurt by our parting from Thomas, whom we loved:
when we are angry at the loss we have sustained,
when we long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear,
turn our grief to trust in you,
our affliction into ever firmer hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord, we pray for those who mourn,
for family and friends too.
Be gentle with them in their grief.
Show them the depths of your love,
a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven.
Spare them the torment of guilt and despair.
Be with them as they weep beside the empty tomb of our risen saviour.