Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for Sunday, April 25, 2021.
This week we are worshiping together with the other Anglican’s around the diocese by joining the online worship offered by Bishop Susan and the diocese. Since the begin of the pandemic restrictions, the diocese has offered this worship to support all anglicans and especially those parishes that were unable to offer online worship.
The Bishop has also encouraged clergy providing their own online worship to direct people to the diocesan service so that the clergy can get a much needed break from time to time. That is just the reason that I am pointing you to the diocesan worship this week.
I do encourage all of you to take time to care for yourselves during these difficult days and I want you to know that I do remain fully available for pastoral emergencies this week.
The diocesan service is available first on Facebook as a livestream at 10am and then soon after the stream, it can be watched anytime on the diocesan Facebook page or the diocesan YouTube channel. The livestream is public and does not require a Facebook account to be viewed. A printed version of the order of service can be found on this page.
This week our family ministry resources focus on the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd from The Gospel of John, chapter 10, verses 11 to 18. In our weekly Sunday email, there is the link to the Family Page and a link to some fun colouring and activity pages that have something for every age.
Please sign up for our weekly emails to get those links to these great resources to use together with your family.
On a Sunday when we read about Jesus being the Good Shepherd it just makes sense that we sing the hymn “The Lord’s My Shepherd.”
The reading for this Sunday is John 10:11-18:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”1
And here is the link to the Diocesan Facebook page for this Sunday’s online worship:
The above link will take you to Facebook and this link will take you to their YouTube channel where the service will be posted soon after the livestream ends.
Keeping with the theme, one of our closing songs I choose for today is “The King of love my Shepherd is.”
And in the more contemporary vein, I suggest the inviting song “Draw Me Close.”
I wish you all another week full of blessings and I thank you for your continued support of the ministry and mission of St. George’s.
Be Well and God Bless.
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.