The lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd and will guide them to the springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7: 17
you sent Jesus, the good Shepherd to gather us together,
may we not wander from his flock, but follow wherever he leads us, listening for his voice and staying near him,
until we are safely in the fold, to live with you forever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
- Acts 9:36 – 43
- Psalm 23
- Revelations 7:9 – 17
- John 10:22 – 30
- Acts 11:1 – 18
- Psalm 148
- Revelation 21:1 – 6
- John 13:31 – 35
Jesus speaks to us of the shepherds voice today. It is the voice of promise. It is a voice that promises stubborn protection and care. It is the voice that the flock hears and knows and follows. It is the voice which is especially precious in times of struggle and pain. And it is one that we sometimes have to work harder to hear in better times when other voices especially seem to drown it out. And yet even when those other voices overwhelm, yes even when we don’t pause to listen it’s always there, inviting and comforting and urging us on.
The rev Dr Janet H Hunt (Dec’d 11/11/2018) acknowledgement to DancingWithTheWord.com
The Reverend Patricia Flenley preaches from the text after the gospel reading.