Fourth Sunday of Easter 25th April 2021
Thought for the Week – Father-like, he tends and spares us
Words from the hymn “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven” describe Jesus as the good shepherd, who knows his flock - “well our feeble frame he knows”- and is prepared to die so that his flock may remain secure – “in his hands he gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes”. (John 10: 11-18) The Rev.Chris Allen, our friend and parish priest reminded us at Easter how, like Jesus, he wanted to get to know and care for every member of his flock, as the newly appointed pastor of Shipley parish. But after joining us in November 2020 it wasn’t easy for him as he was unavoidably restrained by “lockdown” during the pandemic. As this series of 52 weekly articles written during this difficult time now concludes, we seek to rebuild the world, following the sweeping impact of Coronavirus, in the spirit and example of Christ’s resurrection.
This week has seen the 95th birthday of our beloved Queen (21st April), whose reliance on her faith to guide her through the good times and bad is well known. The Christian message of hope, support for each other, and belief in the one who protects, guides, and nurtures his flock, is perhaps best evoked by a poem she remembers being quoted by her father, King George Vl, as the country went to war in 1939:
I said to a man who stood at the Gate of the Year,
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand
into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light,
and safer than a known way.”
Hymn for the Day
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven!
To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him,
Praise the everlasting King!
Prayer for the Day
The blessing of the Lord rest and remain upon all his people.
Note: The Gospel and Readings set for today can be downloaded from the top right of this page.