The gospel reading today says this;

 I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing to die for them. 16 There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheep pen.  I must bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock with one shepherd.”

Each day we need to listen out for God’s voice, so we know how we are to live and respond to His calling on us.  At the AGM yesterday Claire and I spoke of the plans for St Augustine’s to think about God’s mission in Cashmere and Christchurch and beyond as we look outwards to our communities.  Its going to be an exciting time as we spend 6 weeks together on a Tuesday evening, talking, listening and praying together.  We look forward to seeing you there!

At the AGM yesterday we reviewed the last year as well, and saw a tremendous amount of things that have taken place.  Many thanks to all who have worked so hard over the last year. The reports (including our report) are available at the back of the church or on request from the office.

Today we plan to have the Youth telling us some of their experiences and learning at Easter Camp.  How amazing it was to have 40 of them there, growing in faith and celebrating together.

Please pray for those who have been newly elected as Vestry, Warden and Synod representatives. They are responsible and legal roles that can be challenging at times.

This week we also saw farewells made to Bishop Victoria, as she prepares to leave her role of Bishop.  Please pray for her as she discerns where God is leading, and also for the new Bishop (whoever they may be) and the ongoing process of electing them.

Claire and I expect to leaving for the UK at the end of the week for Claire’s dad’s funeral. Please continue to pray for the family.  We will be back!

 

Blessings and prayers

Matthew and Claire