During this Advent season we look ahead to the coming of the Good Shepherd who will care for all of us from the least to the greatest.
Worship this week: Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School, Adult Bible Study and fellowship
10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week: The promised Good Shepherd – December 9, 2018
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Monday, Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd
Tuesday, Isaiah 40:11 The Lord will tend the flock
Wednesday, Psalm 28:8-9 The Lord will save his flock
Thursday, Jeremiah 23:1-4 The Lord will replace bad shepherds
Friday, John 10:11 Jesus the Good Shepherd
Saturday, Matthew 2:4-6 Herod is told of the coming shepherd
Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak — Ezekiel 34:15-16
God speaks against abusive rulers or “shepherds.” God will be the good shepherd who brings back the lost.
- God holds a high standard for those who lead, mostly focused on the care of the ‘least of these’. How are leaders judged in our society?
- In what way can we embody the characteristics of our ‘shepherd’ in seeking the lost, and healing the injured?
- For the littles: What do you do that shows kindness to others? God asks us to be just (fair), kind, and humble (not selfish).
PRAY: God, you have sent Jesus to be our shepherd. Even as we prepare for his coming into our world, help us to embody his loving care for others.
BLESS: May you know the promised presence of the Good Shepherd.