This Sunday is often called “Good Shepherd” Sunday as the readings remind us that this is one of the images Jesus uses to describe himself. It is an image that means more to me now than it as has ever done. I write my sermon with a view of a field of sheep, and where I often watch as the sheep gather when the quad bike arrives. My sermon reflects on the deep bond of dependence that Jesus offers us, but Good Shepherd Sunday is also a good time for us to offer our prayers for those who farm around us – giving thanks for their dedication and praying for the wellbeing of all farming families and communities.
The whole country has become more aware of the significance of how much we rely on the dedication of others for our daily needs and it is my prayer that when we have a greater freedom of movement and choice, people choose to support those local to them who enable us to eat wholesome fresh food, and care for the landscapes that are so important for our health and quality of life.
I am really glad to know that many of you are keeping in touch regularly with each other. If you would like to have more contact with others, please get in touch with me. I am also really grateful when people let me know about people and events that need prayer or my response. Also, if you know of anyone who is not on email or online who would value using a new Cof E phone service for prayer and worship please pass on the number to them. It is a free-phone number: 0800 804 8044 and offers prayers, services and hymns after a greeting from Archbishop Justin.
On Friday we will be commemorating VE day. I will be leading a brief service which will be filmed and shown at 11am on the Lyn Valley Facebook TV that day. I have also written a piece about it which will be on the Exmoor Magazine Facebook page on Sunday. I hope that the commemoration will help us draw on the resilience of those who have gone before us as we continue to support one another as a community now.
God bless, Samantha