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
Welcome to our service of Holy Communion for Sunday 30 April, the day on which we remember Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It is also the day of our APCM, during which we review 2022. Rev Sue will preside.
We began with the hymn “The King of Love my Shepherd is” … More The Good Shepherd
Stephen Paulus was quite possibly the most prolific composer that you have never heard of. He managed to fit in 11 operas, 31 symphonic works, 18 concertos and a whole host of other music into his 65 years.
The Road Home is one of his reflective choral works, which when I first sang it, struck me as deeply spiritual … More The Road Home – Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
Good morning and welcome to our service of Holy Communion for 8 May 2022: Good Shepherd Sunday. Rev Sue presides and ALM Carol offers a refection … More Good Shepherd Sunday
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
The liturgical theme for the fourth Sunday of Easter is always “the Good Shepherd” – who is of course Jesus. There are many references in the gospels of Jesus likening himself to the shepherd of a flock (in which we are the sheep), and of course there is the famous parable of the Lost Sheep … More Love Leadeth Me (Chris O’Hara)
Welcome to morning worship for the forth Sunday of Easter, in which we celebrate Jesus as the Good Shepherd. We begin by singing together the hymn “In heavenly love abiding” … More Jesus: The Good Shepherd
Sunday 3 May 2020 is the fourth Sunday of Easter, and the liturgical theme is The Good Shepherd. Rev Deborah celebrates the Eucharist in the vicarage garden … More The Good Shepherd
I grew up in a farming community and from an early age I knew the difference between the farmer and the farm labourer. The farmer had almost always inherited the farm from his father (in those days, in my experience, women could only be farmers’ wives) … More Hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd
In Jesus’ time, sheep were important to their Shepherd; they weren’t just raised for meat, but for wool and the Shepherd would name his sheep in the same way that we name our dogs or cats … More The Good Shepherd