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4th Sunday of Easter
 

"The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out."   John 10:3
 

Texts & Discussion:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10


 

The Good Shepherd
The Basics of Christianity
Following Jesus/ Discipleship

   
Prayer to Shepherd God
(by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier)

Shepherd God,
Give me your great heart to love with,
especially when my own heart
is too small and limited to love
as another needs to be loved.
Give me all I need
to reach out to those
who are lost and in trouble.
Give me the love and courage
to give myself totally to the mission
of Jesus, the Good Shepherd
who laid down his life
so that we would have life
in its fullness. Amen.

 

 

 

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Sermons:

  • Another Look,  Psalm 23      (see excerpt below)
    by Rev. Cindy Weber

     

Under the Shepherd's Care, Psalm 23
by Dr. David Rogne
  
 

Jesus the Shepherd, John 10:1-10
by Richard Gehring
 

A Shepherd Like That, John 10:1-18, by Rev. Cindy Weber
 

Back to the Basics, Acts 2:42-47   
by Rev. Tom Hall
 

Jesus the Loving Shepherd,  John 10: 11-18,  Psalm 23   
by Rev. Thomas Hall
 

The good shepherd Psalm 23       
by Rev. Thomas Hall


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Sermon Excerpt:


Another Look
a sermon based on Psalm 23
by Rev. Cindy Weber

(This sermon borrows from Walter Brueggemann’s sermon: “Trusting in the Water-Oil-Food Supply” from The Threat of Life, pp.90-96.)

I heard a story once about these prisoners who had been together so long that whenever they told jokes, instead of actually telling the whole joke, they would just call out the number of the joke, and everyone would crack up. One day a new guy came in, and experienced this for the first time. One of the inmates said, “Joke number 3,” and everyone just laughed and laughed. Then another one of them said, “Joke number 12,” and that one was even funnier, evidently, because they laughed until they cried. Then another one of them said, “Joke number 9,” but this time no one laughed at all, not one bit. The new guy said, “What happened? Why didn’t anyone laugh?” One of the other prisoners replied, “Aw, that guy never could tell a joke.”

For those of us who have been brought up in the church, we could probably, like those prisoners, instead of actually reading scripture, or quoting scripture, just say the book, chapter and verse, and the others of us would be able to respond accordingly. For example, if I said to you, “John 3:16,” you would know what I meant. Or if I said, “Genesis 1:1,” you’d know that, too. But perhaps the one that you would be able to respond to best of all is Psalm 23, or as we usually call it, The 23rd Psalm.

I recently read a sermon of Walter Brueggemann’s based on this psalm, and with some of that in mind, I’d like to walk us through this beloved Psalm, or poem, because that’s what a psalm is, this morning.

“The Lord is my shepherd,” begins the Psalmist. Perhaps one of the reasons that we love this Psalm so much is that it begins and ends with the Lord…The Lord, or Yahweh, which Brueggemann uses, and which I like because it connects us to the God of the Israelites, to the God of Moses, I Am Who I Am…Yahweh…Yahweh is my shepherd
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