Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Welcome to worship on this Fourth Sunday of Easter. It is also Good Shepherd Sunday and Anzac Day too, of course. So today can be a day of deep remembrance and recognition of all who have made the supreme sacrifice and of all men, women and children who have suffered as a consequence of humanity’s inhumanity and the dark side of human beings that makes for hatred and conflict, rather than peace and love.
Perhaps it is good that today is also Good Shepherd Sunday and a reminder of Jesus who was willing lay down his life for us, who parabolically are likened to sheep. As the crucified and risen Saviour Jesus can still guide and lead us, if we are willing to listen for his voice which we can find in Scripture, through prayer and silence and as we become more attuned to listening for him in the avenues of our everyday lives.
May you journey well with the risen Christ, our Good Shepherd this week.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.