Resources for the 4th
Sunday of Easter
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Visit our Psalm 23 Resource Page
Prayer of Confession
Lord, you are the good Shepherd who
cares for the flock with great patience and compassion.
We confess that we often take your love and grace for granted; forgive
us, o Lord.
We act like sheep that go astray; forgive us our spiritual
We confess that we have not responded to your call with faith, but
rather sought our own ways and interests.
We confess that we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves, forgive us
and free us to joyful service to you and others in Jesus' name in whose
name we diligently pray. Amen.
By What Power? Acts
by Richard Gehring
Following the Shepherd, John 10:11-18
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
the Loving Shepherd, John 10: 11-18, Psalm 23
by Rev. Thomas Hall
by Rev. Thomas Hall
The good shepherd, Psalm 23, by Rev. Thomas Hall
in Action, John 10: 11-18, by Karen Burger
Like Sheep, Psalm 23, by HW in HI
Christmas Story, Psalm 23, by DP in DL
Building Safe Communities
based on John 10:11-18
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Simon Sinek, a motivational speaker in the business world, asks the question:
ďWhy do good leaders make you feel safe?Ē His answer: Because they are willing
to make sacrifices for their people rather than sacrifice any of their people
for the good of the company. To illustrate his point he tells the story of Bob
Chapman who runs a large manufacturing company in the Midwest called Barry-Wehmiller.
In the 2008 recession, the company was hit hard and lost 30% of their orders
overnight. They needed to save 10 million dollars, so like so many companies
today the board got together and discussed layoffs and Ö Bob refused. So instead
of laying workers off, they came up with a furlough program. Every employee,
from secretary to CEO, was required to take four weeks of unpaid vacation per
But it was how Bob announced the program that shows how good leadership
creates a sense of safety and trust. He said: ďit's better that we should all
suffer a little than any of us should have to suffer a lot.Ē And morale went up
and the result was that the company saved twenty million dollars, rather than
the 10 million they needed to save.
And isnít that so much like the kind of leadership Jesus is talking about in
our passage from John 10? Jesus makes it clear that he is willing to lay down
his life for his followers, and we believe it because he actually did!
You could say that Jesus was 2000 years
ahead of his time in terms of his organizational model.....
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based on Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz
Have you ever been
in a nursing home or a hospital, visiting someone whoís no longer completely in
touch with reality? Maybe youíre visiting a family member, someone very close
like a parent or a grandparent, but theyíre just not themselves anymore. They
may not even be able to remember who you are, or who they are. Itís painful to
see a loved one go through that, and I imagine itís difficult and frustrating
for that person to lose touch with everything thatís familiar.
Iíve been on a few visits like that, and Iíd be
lying if I said it wasnít uncomfortable for me. Itís hard to connect with
someone whoís so disconnected from everything.
But then Iíll read the twenty-third Psalm aloud
to them, and all of a sudden itís like a lightís been turned on. Someone who
canít recognize their own family or remember their own name will begin to recite
the psalm along with me. Thereís just something about those verses that makes
the connection, that soothes the soul. This psalm, like all the other psalms,
is a prayer of the people to God. A prayer that speaks to God for us when we
canít come up with the words on our own.
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