We are now able to offer a more normal number of worshippers the opportunity to attend church services. Our regular Eucharist services have recommenced with just the bread being distributed to worshippers in their pews.
Routines such as signing in, sanitising and distancing are required as one would expect.
Our You Tube Channel “VISIT GOOD SHEPHERD” went live this morning, showing the four videos listed below. The singer, Chris, is a much-loved member of the Evensong Singers (Sacred Space on Saturday) – his “Magnificat”, which he sang at our last Evensong, had already been booked for the next but, by then, the church was closed for services. The other videos show songs that Chris had prepared for singing in the Holy Week season. The “Women Blessed in Christ” spans the period from Christmas to Easter, mentioning five women: the Virgin Mary; the Samaritan woman who spoke to Jesus at the well; and, finally, the three women who see the risen Christ – “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the Mother of James” Luke names these women and speaks of “the other women with them”. Mark’s account names one of the “other women” Salome. “Take My Mother Home” is a meditative reflection on some of Christ’s journey towards the cross and death which uses the idea that Christ will die easier if he knows his mother has been taken home. “Before the Cock Crew Twice” is a meditation on Peter’s experience (and our own). Jesus’ compassion, grace and love flow through it.
The Songs are beautifully sung but inexpertly filmed. Forgive the filming and enjoy visiting Good Shepherd while the effort to manage COVID-19 has closed our church to public worship.
First it was Joan Middleton’s 90th and then a short time later Mary Davey clocked up 100! It was wonderful to recognise and celebrate with these two lovely ladies who have been an important part of our for community for so long.
On Sunday morning after our 10 am service, Julia gave thanks for the successful completion of her university studies. Celebrating the milestone too, were her tutor and about a dozen of her Kenyan friends who demonstrated their thanksgiving and joy in song and dance … and of course they provided cake and morning tea. Congratulations Julia!
Good Shepherd Anglican Church (13 Clayton Avenue, Plympton) explores pathways into Sacred Space starting at 5:30 pm each Saturday. Church opens at 4:45 pm for rehearsal and other preparation.
The 4 (or 5) Saturdays in each month follow the same pattern: first Saturday, a traditional liturgy; second Saturday, silence; third Saturday, a contemplation through meditation and music; fourth Saturday, a meal; fifth Saturday, make a suggestion…
Exploring sacred repetition(first Saturday of each month) The traditional Anglican service of Evensong asks that “we, who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest on [God’s] eternal changelessness”. Take time to wonder on this fleeting world and Cosmic changelessness in a gentle, reflective service based on Evensong
Exploring sacred silence(second Saturday of each month) Find sacred space in silence using:
Meditation-guides available in the church;
Meditative material you might bring with you;
Exploration of church and garden; or
Quiet conversation over refreshments available in Garden Room
Exploring sacred contemplation(third Saturday of each month) Fill all your senses at this candle-lit contemplation through meditation and music in the style of Taizé. Bring voices and instruments – scores and song books available
Exploring sacred relationships(fourth Saturday of each month) Sharing a meal: a journey into sacred space through enjoying hospitality
Meeting others and introducing ourselves over a simple meal
Basic food provided – bring dishes to share when you wish
Singing, Praying, Sharing, Exploring, Eating, Searching, and Discovering at Good Shepherd