Year A: Acts 2.1-21; 1 Corinthians 12.3b-13; John 20.19-23
It is good training for a deacon to find that the sermon you have carefully prepared has been in some ways superseded by the shock of a news event. There have been too many such shocks in recent weeks, and we probably have to face the fact that there will be more. For those whose lives were suddenly, brutally disrupted yesterday evening on London Bridge and Borough Market, the after effects will last a lifetime, and our prayers this morning must be with the bereaved, the injured and the traumatised. And with those who helped – the emergency services, the medical teams who worked through the night, and countless women and men who did extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstances to help their fellow humans.
Year A: Easter 4 - Acts 2.42-end; 1 Peter 2.19-end; John 10.1-10
May I speak in the name of the living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Today is known as ‘Good Shepherd’ Sunday, when the Gospel reading offers us one of the images of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. In particular, it contains the memorable saying that he came so that his flock ‘may have life, and have it abundantly’.
Fr Philip suggested to me that, as this is also the Sunday on which our Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place and I have now been here for nearly a year, it would be a good point for me to reflect on and share some perceptions about the particular ‘charism’ of St Matthew’s.