Monthly Archives: April 2016

Good Shepherd Sunday April 17


 Good Shepherd Sunday is my favorite Sunday of the church year, probably because of the wonderful and descriptive images of the “good shepherd” in scripture. Here are a few:


He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms…Isaiah 40:11


When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Matthew 9:36  


I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  John 10:11 


Prelude   “He Leadeth Me”

Joseph Gilmore was preaching at a prayer service on the topic of Psalm 23. He wrote later, “I set out to give the people an exposition of the 23rd Psalm, but I got no further than the words ‘He leadeth me.’ Those words took hold of me as they had never done before.”


Call to Worship   “Psalm 100″

Sung by the Children’s Choir, this psalm includes the confident words, “…we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”


Anthem “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”

Written by the English musician, Sir Henry Baker, this text paraphrases Psalm 23 – without question the most beloved of the psalms.  Families often request the reading of the 23rd Psalm at funerals, because its words offer so much comfort, but they strengthen us also in happier moments.


Hymn “Savior, Like a Shepherd, Lead Us”

The authorship of these words is uncertain, but there’s no doubt about the composer of the music. It was the famous William Bradbury, one of the most prolific hymnists of the 19th century.




CPC music groups wish Marge Sielinski well as she relocates to Roanoke. Her loss leaves a big hole in our music ministry, as Marge was very involved in our choir, handbells, and chimes.  If you would like to help us fill those positions, please contact Barbara at or 703-346-3512.


Handbell Choir rehearses weekly on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:30.

Chime Choir rehearses twice a month after 11am worship.

Sanctuary Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30



Willingness to serve the Lord through music; no experience necessary!





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