Abundant life

It is traditional in the sermon on the day of the APCM to talk about the life of the church over the last year. Quite honestly, I simply don’t want to do that. We have suffered from bereavements – our beloved Deborah, and others as well and we have had to contend with practical problems in the shape of electric wiring and boilers. So many people have contended with illness, accidents and family issues and yet have continued to contribute to the life of the church. And the backdrop has been a country in political turmoil, a cost-of-living crisis and wars in Ukraine and now Sudan. Enough said. We have survived. We have in many ways got back to normal after covid. We can congratulate ourselves that we have had the strength and courage to persevere. Just staying afloat has been an achievement … More Abundant life

The Good Shepherd

In our Gospel reading today Jesus is walking in the temple and is again questioned by the Jews if he is the Messiah. He answers by asking them, and us, if we believe we belong to his flock of sheep. He says that his sheep know him hear his voice and follow him. He will never leave them and will give eternal life to all who follow … More The Good Shepherd