AS we gather, let us pray: (prayer source)
you know your sheep by name
and lead us to safety through the valleys of death.
Guide us by your voice,
that we may walk in certainty and security
to the joyous feast prepared in your house,
were we celebrate with you forever. Amen.
Here we are, the annual discussion of sheep and shepherds. I mean I get how it is a helpful (to some anyway) image but do we REALLY have to read about the Good Shepherd (in conjunction with Psalm 23) every single year? Was it THAT important to the RCL designers?
At any rate, the readings for Easter 4A can be found here.
If one wants to ignore the Shepherd (all we like sheep have gone astray???) you could choose to look at the somewhat utopian vision of community we find in the Acts passage. Mind you it makes a better story when you include the passages from Acts which describe how this utopian plan did not quite work out as well as this section suggests…
Or we have Psalm 23. Since so often we hear this at a funeral it might be worth exploring it outside of that context.
Or then there is the Epistle. This year we are working through 1 Peter. Have I ever preached on 1 Peter? Have I ever read 1 Peter?
And finally there is the Gospel. Gates and gatekeepers this year. Gates are good (also the weakest point in a wall), but then I remember childhood friends who always thought the way to the other side of a fence had nothing to do with the gate–no matter whose voice they heard.
So where are you headed this week? Are you feeling sheepish? Can you totally ignore Mother’s Day in your worship service? Or is Mother’s Day expected to be the focus of your worship service? Share your angst, wisdom, questions and resources in the comments….