CALLED TO BE THE HEART OF GOD IN THE COMMUNITY

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Happy Returns

David Stawick, May 7, 2017
Part of the Good Shepherd Sunday 2017 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Every year on the church calendar, three weeks after Easter, we are encouraged to celebrate “The Good Shepherd” Sunday and read John 10:1-11. I love the passage, but I struggle with the imagery. What’s the modern, urban day version of a shepherd, anyway?

Is it the Uber driver who gets you where you are going? No, because you decide the destination and not the driver / shepherd.

Is it a cross-walk guard? No, because although she gets you safely across a treacherous intersection, she stays put rather than walking with you to the next crossroad.

I could continue to seek a city metaphor, but I don’t know anyone in our metropolis whose job it is to make sure I am fed, nurtured, and protected while keeping me connected to my community. On top of that who would be willing to lay down her / his life for me if need be? Only God does that, and this is the God we serve. This is the one who is concerned about our every need and willing to go as far as necessary to care for us. So if you are feeling hungry, lost, without shelter, or alone, come Sunday to meet and talk with the Shepherd through worship, prayer, and song. Or if you are feeling fed, protected, and surrounded with community, come Sunday to thank the Shepherd. No matter if you are wandering at the moment or satisfied in your pasture, God wants to connect with you, to show the way ahead, and to walk with you through all the crossroads.

With all this in mind, I encourage you to listen to our guest preacher's take on the Good Shepherd.

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