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Weekly Contact– April 23, 2015

Hello there,

Coming up is the fourth Sunday after Easter.  That means in some churches it is Good Shepherd Sunday.  Now I tried to do a little research on how this tradition started and all I could discover was some circular reasoning.  It is Good Shepherd Sunday because the gospel lessons for this Sunday are always taken from John 10, where Jesus refers to himself as the Good Shepherd.  Okay, so why is John 10 always the assigned reading on the fourth Sunday after Easter?  Because it is Good Shepherd Sunday.

So, we will let it go at that and I haven’t preached on John 10 in a while.  My text will be verses 11-18 and my sermon title is: Needing a Shepherd.  The Chancel Choir will be singing at the first service.

At the end of John’s gospel when the Risen Christ appeared to Peter by the Sea of Galilee he told him to “feed my sheep.”  So that is what we will be doing between services with a pancake breakfast served by the youth.  The proceeds will go to benefit the summer mission trip.

Finally, we will be hosting Family Promise guests the week of May 17-24.  As always, we need volunteers to make this important ministry all happen.  Sign up sheets are in the social room, or contact Sheila Myers.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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