‘The Lord is my shepherd I shall not be in want‘
A very warm welcome to all
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 9: 36-43; Revelation 7: 9-17
Gospel: John John 10: 22-30
In today’s Gospel
Alleluia, Christ is risen !! He is risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia! Good Shepherd Sunday always falls on the fourth Sunday of Easter, and the Gospel text always comes from the tenth chapter of John. But each segment of that chapter offers a different perspective on Christ as our good shepherd. The first ten verses describe Jesus as the Gate through which his sheep pass safely. The next section describes how the good shepherd is willing to lay down his own life for the sheep. In today’s passage, we learn how the shepherd’s voice identifies which sheep belong to the shepherd.
War in Ukraine
Please continue to offer prayers for our brothers and sisters caught up in the mayhem that is Ukraine. Please think about what you can do to help in any way for those who continue to reach out to the rest of Europe and beyond for our assistance. Whatever method or organisation you use to make donations, please do it rather than thinking about it.
Cheese and Wine
There will be a Cheese and Wine fundraising event at St Mary’s on the evening of Friday the 13th of May. Previous similar gatherings have been very popular so please don’t leave it until the last minute. There will be a charge of £15 per person, which if possible, should be paid before the 13th of May. However, if this is not possible, payment can be made on the evening. I would be extremely grateful if the details of this event are circulated as widely as possible amongst friends and associates. There will be a sheet at the rear of the church for names of anyone intending to come, in order to get a good idea of numbers. Please feel free to invite friends and family. The 6pm Compline planned for that evening is therefore cancelled to allow setting up to take place.
Thanksgiving at St James’
The Rev’d Dr Ruth Green, has asked me to let you know of a Thanksgiving and Celebration service being held at St James at Holburn Junction, to mark the significant refurbishment that has taken place within. The service will take place on Saturday the 14th of May at 11am with some light refreshment afterwards.
War and Christianity
On Monday the 16th of May at 7pm, there will be a discussion evening at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Choir Vestry titled: Is this a ‘time for war’? ‘Thinking together as Christians about war in the context of armed conflict in Ukraine’. The guest speaker will be Dr Brian Brock, Professor of Moral and Practical Theology at Aberdeen University. This will be a very interesting talk and we are deeply grateful that Dr Brock has found time to share his thoughts with us. This event is open to any who wish to attend, and if the numbers dictate, we will consider moving it into the main body of the Church. We hope to provide tea and coffee on the night. Please put this date in your diaries and invite anyone whom you think would enjoy such a discussion.
I am looking for someone to take responsibility for producing a rota to look after the provision I am looking for someone to take responsibility for producing a rota to look after the provision of teas and coffees at our after-service fellowship. Please come and speak with me if you are willing to help. Mrs Gillian Rose has offered to resume control of the purse for donations made during fellowship.
We have two vacancies on St Mary’s Vestry for Ordinary Members, and I would strongly urge those who feel that they could offer something to assist in the management of our Church to speak to me. Vestry membership is a rewarding role and provides an insight in to how we reach the decisions we do in our work here at Carden Place.
Our Peoples Warden Mr Iain Stewart has asked me to put out a call for more people to consider volunteering to read scripture and intercede at our worship. Should you feel so inclined, I encourage anyone who is considering this valuable ministry to approach Ian in the first instance.
Services/Events Commencing Sunday the 8th May 2022
Sunday 8th May at 8 am – Said Eucharist (1970 – Cn Terry)
Sunday 8th May at 10 am – 4th Sunday of Easter Eucharist (1982 – Fr Roger Presiding, Cn Terry Preaching)
Monday 9th May – Cn Terry – Rest Day
Tuesday 10th May at 10am – Morning Prayer (Fr Roger) (Cn Terry – Day off)
Wednesday 11th May at 10am – Holy Communion (1970-Cn Terry)
Thursday 12th May – Admin Day
Friday 13th May at 7pm – Cheese and Wine Function
Saturday 14th May – Admin Day
Sunday 15th May at 8 am ‘5th Sunday of Easter’ Holy Communion (1970 Cn Terry)
Sunday 15th May at 10am – ‘5th Sunday of Easter Sung Eucharist (1982 Cn Terry)
Readings: Acts 11: 1-8; Revelation 21: 1-6
Gospel: John 13: 31-35
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
Rev Canon Terry Taggart