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Joanna Braithwaite

posted 7 Nov 2011, 06:22 by Matthew Key   [ updated 7 Nov 2011, 06:24 by Oxford Prayer Room ]
Jo was a central pillar of the Prayer Room - her passion for worship and prayer was infectious, her knowledge of the Word inspiring, and her love of God beautiful. She was devoted to the Prayer Room - being present at our opening prayer meeting back in Oct 2009, and due to be a doorkeeper for 24-7 on the evening of the day she died. She is sorely missed.
Below is a pastoral letter from Charlie Cleverly.
Update: A thanksgiving service for Joanna's life will be held in St Aldates Church at 2pm on Friday 11 November. All welcome. No flowers. The dress code is smart but bright colours please.
Dear friends

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you of the death of Joanna Braithwaite in a road traffic accident on Friday morning, 28 October.

Joanna will be known to many of you as a dear friend and fellow Pastorate member. She has been a member of St Aldates for some years, serving with the youth team and the Late Service team. Since 2008, Joanna has been my PA and the whole staff team has so valued the dedication, organisation, wisdom and prayerfulness that she brought to that role.

As Anita and I try to come to terms with this sudden and terribly sad news, we are holding onto the truth and hope of the resurrection. It really is true that in Christ we have the promise of everlasting life – and life in all its fullness. So it is our firm belief that Jo is now with the Lord in Paradise.

We are praying for the comfort of the Holy Spirit at this time and we are glad to be part of a church where we can find loving, real community in hard times as well as good times. Please pray for Joanna’s parents, Paul and Charlotte, and her brother Andy at this time. We look forward to being together in community during our services today and we would also like to invite any who are especially affected by this news to let us know so that we can offer further prayer and support.

With love to you all in Christ
Charlie Cleverly

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5, ESV