Jean Baptiste de Champaigne, Le Bon Pasteur, 17th century
In the Bible, Jesus Christ is many times referred to as the Good Shepherd, while his faithful friends and disciples, are referred to as his flock. It is also very common to see Jesus depicted with a sheep in his arms, a picture that shows love, care and protection.
In an exerpt from John (10:1-21), where Jesus is referred to as the Good Shepherd, Jesus appears to let the needs of his sheep lead his life. The same is used in all four gospels: Jesus appears to care so much for his flock that he does not allow himself to lose even a single one. The story, as found in the Gospel of St John, shows that the people around Jesus had understood very clearly that he was the Son of God.
But why Jesus chooses to be identified with the image of the Good Shepherd? The answer is simple. Jesus Christ, as the Good Shepherd, is the guide, the protector, the healer and shepherd of his sheep, who need spiritual food, healing, care and mercy. Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, finds joy in seeing the weak and suffering sheep to find their way towards spiritual healing.
Choral Eucharist at 10am
Prelude: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Hymns: Processional Wake, O wake! with tidings thrilling
Gradual Soldiers, who are Christ’s below
Thanksgiving Sweet sacrament divine
Post Communion The day of resurrection
Setting: St Andrew’s Mass– Timothy Mallis (b.1996)
Psalm: 149:1-5; TiS 45
Anthem: Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice!– Russell Pascoe (b.1959)
Motet: Christ be with me – Oliver Tarney (b.1984)
Postlude: Toccata in G major – Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Choral Evensong at 6pm
Prelude: Improvisation on ‘Merton’
Hymns: Processional Hark! a herald voice is calling TiS 264
Dismissal Great God, your Spirit like the wind TiS 416
Psalm: 95; Hopkins in C (RSCM)
Anthem: Zion hears the watchmen’s voices – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
arr. John Rutter
Postlude: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
(in the northern hemisphere)
Please join us in the celebration Mid-Autumn Festival on Thursday. This occasion holds special significance in the hearts of many Chinese people around the world as it represents a time of unity, reflection, and gratitude. The Mid-Autumn Festival, is a time-honored tradition that dates back over two thousand years. At it's heart is the iconic symbol of the full moon, which shines brightly as a beacon of hope and togetherness. This festival reminds us that even in challenging times, the bonds of family and friendship can bring light into our lives.
This year we are fortunate to have Mr Ross Featherston, headmaster of Brighton Grammar School, and BGS's International Student Liaison manager Maggie Lynch coming to celebrate this special occasion with us.
Building works will result in a partial road closure for cars and pedestrians on St Andrews Street Monday 11 September from 6.30am to 7.00pm (from Church St roundabout to Lindsay St/Outer Cres). Please plan ahead for any traffic disruption and limited pedestrian access during this time.