Church meets farming at Musgrave’s blessing of lambs

Date: Friday 19th May 2017
The Rev. Judy Polkinghorne (left) with some of the congregation who gathered for the blessing of the lambs.
The Rev. Judy Polkinghorne (left) with some of the congregation who gathered for the blessing of the lambs.

THE sun kept shining on Sunday for the Musgrave blessing and thanksgiving for the lambs.

A crowd of all ages filled the little “church by the river” where the Rev. Judy Polkinghorne conducted the service and Geoff Gordon played the organ.

Readings by Barbara Dowson and Sallie Oughton, and also by the children, celebrated the beauty of the world and the commitment to care for it.

There were prayers for farmers and for those whose decisions affect the farming community.

Shepherds’ sticks and toy lambs brought by the children were blessed before all went outside for the blessing of a patient ewe and her lambs, which were penned near the river, representing all local sheep. The hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful seemed to have been written especially for just such a spot.

A large circle of all ages enjoyed a lively circle dance, telling the story of a farmer and his sheep.

Back in the church, Ms Polkinghorne told members of the congregation “we are all Jesus’s sheep, enjoying his loving care day by day”.

The service was followed by a tea while the children were busy icing their own sheep shaped biscuits.