Next Sunday, is the fourth Sunday of Easter, often referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday, since in the Gospel of the day, Jesus speaks of himself as the Shepherd who is prepared to lay down his life for his sheep. The ‘reading’ can be viewed as an allegory regarding Christian leadership. Jesus’ words suggest to us that those who will lead the Christian Community will be known by their faithfulness to Jesus ‘the shepherd knows his sheep, and they know him. Maybe it’s a good time to check on our own relationship with Jesus!!
Here are a few points of interest and reminders:
- By this time, you will have read/heard the Bishop’s Letter re lifting of restrictions on the Common Cup and the Water of Baptism. On Sunday, May 28, the covid restrictions will be lifted as we return to pre-covid practices. (A copy of the letter is available at the entrance of the church.)
- Take time to read Dean Bellamy’s writeup ‘Stand, Sit, Kneel.’ In a nutshell, whether you decide to stand, sit, or kneel, “the important thing is to be yourself as you present yourself to God. ” The Dean continues to remind us that most importantly we are gathered to worship, and God is in our midst, therefore let us do what our heart tells us to do, whether it is sit, stand, or kneel, and to be happy regardless of what the person next to you is doing.
- Next Sunday, aim to arrive at church a little earlier and take the opportunity to browse the books on the table at the back of the church. If you see a book or two that sparks your interest, they are free for the taking. Enjoy!
- Tomorrow evening, Thursday, April 27, at 7, there will be a service of farewell for David, our previous rector. You are invited to attend the service as well as the reception in the auditorium following the service.
- The office is now compiling a list of readers for our services from May to September. If you are interested in reading at any Sunday service, please sign the sheet at the church entrance or call the office (709-368-5693) to have your name added to the list. Thanks so much!
- Just a heads-up!! The next free community supper take-out meal will be on Wednesday, May 3 – same place, same time!
- On Thursday, May 11, the church of the Ascension has the honour of hosting the Queen’s College Convocation. In that regard, it would be appreciated if you are able to contribute some food items (cookies, sandwiches, muffins, etc.) for the reception in the auditorium after the service. You can drop them to the church by noon on that day. Thanks so much!
That’s it folks!
God Bless you all,
Jean (On behalf of the Ascension)