Week beginning Sunday 8th May 2022

This weeks readings take us deeper into the meaning of Easter, and what it can mean to be a Christian. We return not to the end of John’s gospel but in the middle of it. Chapter 10 finds Jesus in Jerusalem for the Jewish Feast of Dedication. Here he speaks to his followers about the relationship that binds God to his people, using the imagery of shepherd and sheep. The sheep “Listen to my voice. I know them. They follow me”. Those are three big things to unpack. How do we hear God? How do we understand what is being said? How do we discern what God might be saying to us as individuals and as collective communities and as a Church?

What Jesus assures his friends is that he knows them. We are known to God. That can be both comforting and uncomfortable often.

Finally we are assured that we have someone to follow. We do not have to furough this path alone or for the first time, there is someone who goes ahead of us. For me this week that has been a huge comfort.

This week we worship together in the following ways.

8am – Holy Communion – All Saints

10am – Sung Holy Communion – St Marys

10.30am – Muddy Messy Church – All Saints

St Marys also has its APCM after the 10am service this week so please join us for our Annual General Meeting to vote for your PCC and Churchwardens.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Wednesday 11th 09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church

Thursday 12th 10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

Sunday 15th 10.00 – Creative Church at St Mary’s Church

10.30 – Holy Communion at All Saints Church

18.30 – Evensong at St Mary’s Church

Our Collect Prayer for this week to reflect and pray with

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:

raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where he reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

Looking forward to being with God and people this weekend in different ways

Blessings

Lizzie