In all honesty, this shepherd was busy with the sheep this morning and so my dear friend Barbara Bruneau became my ghost writer. Cool, right? This means Heidi aka RevHRod is in italics and Barbara is in gray.

Happy Wednesday, fellow preachers! How is your sermon coming along? Are you exploring God’s righteous indignation at leaders who exploit instead of lead? Or perhaps you’re using the semi-continuous track and exploring God’s reprimand of David who had appointed himself to build God’s house.

Perhaps you are inviting your congregation to cling to God’s promise of green pastures and still waters, or (in the semi-continuous Psalm reading) God’s promise of loyalty to David and the generations that follow him. Ephesians might be prompting you to think about welcoming in such a way that strangers are no longer strangers but members of the household.

And the Gospel may be a reflection of your life these days. Jesus wants nothing more than to get away for a bit of respite. The people and their urgent needs chase after him and give him no escape. But Jesus had compassion for these sheep without a shepherd.

There is much to love in the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 men plus uncounted women and children. My favorite bit has to be, “but Jesus had compassion on them for they were like a sheep without a shepherd.” While this would give you one more time to talk about sheep, I’d rather talk about compassion. What does it mean that Christ had compassion for the people? How can we follow his lead when we interact with others, particularly those we don’t know?

Wherever your sermon is headed this week, here’s a place you can come to talk about it. Share your ideas, your questions, drafts of your sermons. We will encourage one another in this holy work.

One of the great blessings of this online community is that there is always someone to listen. Whether you are stuck and need a jump start or you’ve got a crazy idea that just might work, we’re here for you dear partners in Christ.


RevHRod also known as Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America living in the Philadelphia metro area. She just completed a call and is getting ready to spend the summer finishing work on her DMin and training to begin interim ministry in the fall.


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One thought on “11th Hour Preacher Party: Sheep Without a Shepherd

  1. I’m leaning toward “Ministry Happens in the Interruptions,” but due to technological challenges this week, I’m very last minute really getting started, which makes me very uncomfortable. And on top of that, I fell last night and messed up my ankle, both knees, my right shoulder, and at least one rib, as far as I can tell. I’ve called for a chiropractic appointment and am waiting for a callback when they open. *sigh* I don’t have time for this. 😛 So … other than running to the chiro, I’ll be camped out with the laptop (now fully charged with the new charger — thank God for Amazon Prime!) on the couch with ice on the ankle and reading and writing the rest of the day. Lord, in your mercy, hear my prayers!

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