UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
News from St Andrew’s
Craig’s letter of 22 April
Revd Craig Bowman
The Fourth Sunday of Easter (the 3rd after Easter Sunday) is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, as every year the lectionary includes readings referring to Jesus as a Shepherd and we shall follow two of those readings this Sunday.
However it is also known as Vocations Sunday and is marked in this way by the Church of England, Roman Catholic, Methodist and United Reformed Churches, amongst others. One of my responsibilities in my previous role was to commission worship materials for this Sunday of the Church year. It was always important to stress that ‘vocation’ was not just about a call to ordained ministry, although it may be that for some, but rather the recognition that God has a purpose for each of us. Therefore it is important to reflect on that and sometimes seek help in discerning what it might be.
At a recent London Institute of Contemporary Christianity session that several of us from St Andrew’s attended, we were reminded of this. However we were also reminded that our calling – our purpose – can change at different times in our lives. Our age, our experience, our responsibilities, our availability are all factors in where God wants us to serve and be of use now. This past year has brought challenges for many but it has also led to learning new skills and finding new ways of doing things, so it may be good for us to consider where, at this time in our lives, God is calling us to be and what he is calling us to do. We shall reflect on this on Sunday.
Worship will again be offered at 10.30am in St Andrew’s and the same service in audio format is available through the church website or by calling 020 3870 2810 from 10.30am.
This Sunday also sees our annual Memorial Service at 3.00pm. People can attend in person or it is possible to watch it live on the St Andrew’s YouTube channel. Having not been able to hold a service last year we will be remembering those connected with our fellowship who have died in the last two years. Please remember those who are mourning a loved one and pray that this occasion will be an uplifting and special time.
This week may we be open to the Good Shepherd guiding us and be attentive to the voice of the one who knows us all by name.
Posted on 22 Apr 2021