Psalm 23 Resource Page
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
sheep hear my voice. I know
them, and they follow me"
Call to Worship
Prayer to Shepherd God
(by St. Mary Euphrasia
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
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.
the Loving Shepherd
a sermon based on Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18
by Rev. Thomas Hall
...That image--of a loving shepherd--was etched in my mind very
early in life. On my bedroom wall, in my Sunday School class, in grammaís living room, at Lake Geneva Bible Camp, I would see that
picture of Jesus strolling in Minnesota pasture land with a staff in one
hand and a three-week old lamb in the other. He wore an egg-shell
colored tunic with a purple stole around his shoulder. And bunched up
all around him were the sheep, contented and serene with life all
following their shepherd. That comes right out of our lessons this
morning. What a picture of Jesus and the church--the loving shepherd
ever responsible for his sheep.
Maybe you can recall quite a different shepherd picture: the scene is
on a sheer mountain side. The picture has been painted in dark hues,
giving the picture a threatening, somber cast. Doesnít take long before
you notice a lamb quivering on a slab of granite with no way out. How in
the world a little lamb could get into that predicament is beyond me,
but almost out of nowhere is that loving shepherd again. He reaches out
toward the frightened lamb, giving us hope that the little fluffy guy
will be rescued. What a picture of Jesus and the church-the loving
shepherd ever searching for us.
Can you recall a time when you were that little lamb, frightened, stuck
up there on the side of a lonely mountain? When it seemed like there was
no way out? Maybe it was the first time that you heard your parents
arguing outside your bedroom late one night. You felt alone, frightened.
Maybe you felt frightened and helpless when your best friend and you got
into some disagreement and then grew away from each other.
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