Updated: Jun 11, 2022
Dear All Saints and St Marys
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.
Sung Holy Communion
Muddy Messy Church
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.
Attached are the weekly sheets and the Roots Materials.
Here is an invite to a celebration service for Fr Stephen Pervis (click on the image).
THE WEEK AHEAD
Weds 11th May
Celtic Morning Prayer
Thurs 12th May
Sun 15th May
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
Revd Lizzie Kesteven
Vicar of All Saints Church and St Marys Church, Fishponds
Interim Co Area Dean of Bristol City Deanery
Advisor for Spirituality for Bristol Diocese