The Promise of the Good Shepherd — This week at ELC

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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.

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