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"My sheep hear my voice. I know
them, and they follow me"

Jesus in John 10:10:27.

Call to Worship

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.




Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt

Living Psalm 23
 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.

            The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Just a simple confession of faith; one thatís so familiar that we almost take it for granted.  The Lord is my shepherd.  I need someone to guard me and guide me, someone to take care of me and see that all my needs are met...Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript


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