Bishop calls for deeply fulfilling joy during Abbey visit

Bishop calls for deeply fulfilling joy during Abbey visit

We welcomed the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield to the Abbey on Sunday, as he lead our morning service.

Bishop Steven said that an important part of his role was to connect the churches and he brought greetings from other churches in the Diocese.

In his sermon Bishop Steven asked the congregation to consider which piece of biblical text might have been spoken and heard most over the centuries within the abbey walls. He suggested it would probably be a psalm, possibly Psalm 95 which, as the <b>Venite</b> is the invitation to worship in the 1662 prayer book Morning Prayer:

O come, let us sing unto the Lord :
let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving :
and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God :
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth :
and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it :
and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship, and fall down :
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God :
and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand....

The Venite is, Bishop Steven said, "a beautiful encouragement" to worship and it addresses us individually, as a congregation and as a song of invitation to the wider community.

He went on to say that 2013 would be remembered as a significant year because of the election of Pope Francis.  Reading form Pope Francis' new book  "The Joy of The Gospel"  Bishop Steven joined in the call for churches everywhere to engage with a renewed personal encounter with Jesus as Christ, each day, in a lasting joy that was not superficial, but deeply fulfilling.

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