The good shepherd 042218

John 10:11-18

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. . . . And I lay down my life for the sheep. . . . No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

From “Jesus is the good shepherd and we are his sheep. He knows his sheep and he loves them. He will protect them when Satan tries to harm them.”

Scripture: April 22, 2018—Acts 4:5–12; 1 John 3:16–24; Psalm 23; and John 10:11–18.

Collect: O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: What does it mean to lay down our lives for one another (1 John 3:16)? Think about people who have been “good shepherds” for you, sharing the love and showing the way of Jesus Christ. Who has helped to lead you in right paths or walked with you in dark valleys? Who has given you comfort and calmed your fears? Who has shown you hospitality and grace, making a place at the table for you, even when you felt surrounded by enemies? How have you done these things for others?

Image: “Christ the good shepherd” icon painted by Ryszard Sleczka

Sunday School 9:15 am

Eye Candy: “The good shepherd” by Yu Jiade; “The good shepherd” by African Mafa; page of good shepherd images

Ear Worm: “Shepherd me, O God“, sung by Youth Noises & Players in 2013; “My Shepherd” by Virgil Thompson (just for you, Richard); “The good shepherd” sung by Yolanda Adams

Brain Food: “Choosing to love” by Robert Roth; “From boys to men” by Larry Patten; a contemporary version of Psalm 23 by Robert Alter

Movies/Videos: “Selma” (2014), many parallels to the good shepherd; “Kolya” (1996), “portrait of a nurturing male in the making”; “Babe” (1995), “a moral masterpiece”

 Study guide, group activity, snacks

: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; crafts;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft

  Let’s talk about what we have learned & what the scripture is for Sunday. Here’s a video to guide the discussion.

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