Transcript (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Worship by Reverend Eryl Parry

Bore da! Good morning! Over the last six weeks, more and more people have been enjoying the Bro Celynnin ‘daily reflections’. It feels as if there’s a new and diverse community growing, all trying to support each other, pray together and make sense of these challenging times we’re all living through.

Today, for the first time, there is an invitation to worship together – so Croeso cynnes, a very warm welcome. For the next quarter of an hour we are going to take our inspiration from one of the things Jesus said about himself: ‘I am the gate’.

Let’s start by imagining the place where you live. The entrance to it might be a garden gate, or a front door, the entrance to a block of flats or your own door in a shared house. Whatever it is, it is very personal to you.

In the normal times that we all miss so much, wasn’t it wonderful to welcome a visitor to your home? In the same way, as we come to worship, whatever our beliefs or circumstances, Jesus is the host who welcomes us.  He’s been expecting you today. He’s really pleased to see you and the welcome is genuinely warm.~

Candle

If you have a candle ready, please light it now:

Yn enw’r Tad, a’r Mab, a’r Ysbryd Glân.  Amen.

 

Yesterday, I was crucified with Christ:

Today I am glorified with him.

Yesterday, I was dead with Christ:

Today I am sharing his Resurrection.

Yesterday, I was buried with him:

Today I am opening and walking through the gate of life.

Alleluia Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Father God, there are so many thoughts that crowd our minds.

Sometimes in this strange period of ‘lockdown’ it is difficult for us to hear you.

Everywhere, everything, everyone in this world that you made is important to you. You carry all of its fear, suffering and pain.

Forgive us when we are consumed by our own troubles.

Forgive us when we have not noticed the injustice and cruelty around us which breaks your heart.

Forgive us when we are part of the problem instead of part of the solution.

Dear God, help me to turn back to you, help me to admit how much I need to be changed by you, help me to receive your forgiveness and to walk in your new life. Amen.

May Jesus, the Good Shepherd of the sheep, give us the gift of his forgiveness and eternal life. Amen.


Gospel Reading by Reverend Tom Saunders

Jesus said ‘Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.’ Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

John 10: 1-10


Reflection by Reverend David Parry

Sunday 3rd May (I am the Gate)

Croeso i Gaerhun yn nyffryn Conwy. Welcome to Caerhun in the Conwy Valley. 

I’m sure you can hear that all around this church there are sheep. In the hills of Snowdonia, as they have for Millenia, twice a year the farmers look for their sheep grazing on the common land and bring them together.

In this process called Yr Helfa, the Gathering, they have to bring them into stone pens where they mill around in a chaotic mess. And then around the edge of that ancient pen there are separate gates, a farmer at each one, seeking to find their own sheep and bring them into the right pen.

The first time I saw it, it reminded me of an airport carousel…only one in which the luggage are woolly, heavy, stubborn and self-willed – and try to do anything except go in the right place. You can imagine how strong the farmers have to be and it’s no surprise that quite a few Welsh oaths are sworn at the same time.

I think about that image of those determined, single-minded, strong farmers when I think about what Jesus said: “I am the gate.  Anyone who enters by me will be saved. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

How much he longs for us to find that gate and allow him to bring us through it. Just as people come through this church gate to find hope and truth, consolation and protection so I pray that they would come through the gate of Jesus Christ and find his abundant life.


Prayers by Reverends Eryl and David Parry

Gweddïwn, let us pray.

We pray for our world and the leaders of the nations, that they may work together to halt the spread of disease and alleviate its impacts.

Christ, the gate that leads to life

Unite us for good.

For sick and suffering people, and all who care for them

Christ, the gate that leads to life

Use us to bring your healing and compassion.

For all who are anxious about their future, how they will work and provide for those who depend upon them.

Christ, the gate that leads to life

Sustain us in all our responsibilities.

For a blessing of peace and protection on our homes and our communities

Christ the gate that leads to life

In your mercy, help us to come in and go out,

and to find the pasture of your abundant life.

We say the Lord’s Prayer, first in Welsh then in English.

Adroddwn Weddi’r Arglwydd.

Ein Tad, yr hwn wyt yn y nefoedd,
Sancteiddier dy enw.
Deled dy deyrnas.
Gwneler dy ewyllys, megis yn y nef,

felly ar y ddaear hefyd.
Dyro i ni heddiw ein bara beunyddiol.
A maddau i ni ein dyledion,

fel y maddeuwn ninnau i’n dyledwyr.
Ac nac arwain ni i brofedigaeth;

eithr gwared ni rhag drwg.
Canys eiddot ti yw’r deyrnas, a’r nerth,

a’r gogoniant, yn oes oesoedd. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Merciful Father,

you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,

and in his love to die for us and rise again,

now he is the gate that leads to life:

keep us always under his protection,

and give us grace to follow in his steps;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Conclusion by Reverend Eryl Parry

Thank you for being part of this first Bro Celynnin online service. Join us next Sunday for the start of Christian Aid Week. We also send out a reflection every day. Do email us on 5churchinfo@gmail.com if you would like to receive it.

Just before you go, let’s leave the last word to the sheep…