In Our Music May 7 – Good Shepherd Sunday

 

 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  

John 10:11 

 

 

 

Prelude

Shepherd’s Peace

While this handbell choir selection has no words, its calm and serene tempos give us a feeling of assurance in the Shepherd’s love. You might recognize the hymn tunes.

 

Call to Worship

Lead Me, Shepherd/Shepherd’s Tune  

In Sunday’s call to worship, our Youth Choir describes, Jesus, the Shepherd, as loving his sheep (us), teaching us to hear his voice, and keeping us from straying from the right path.  June Gladding has skillfully arranged the two songs using xylophones, metallophones, recorders and voices.

 

Hymn

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Psalm 23 portrays God as a shepherd, feeding and leading his flock. Some say that “you prepare a table for me” in verse 5 refers to the old shepherding practice of using little raised tables to feed sheep.  The psalm has a long tradition ascribing authorship to King David, said to have been a  shepherd himself as a youth.  In Jewish tradition, Psalm 23 is sung during Friday afternoon services and as part of the Sabbath meals. For Christians, the image of God as a shepherd suggests connections not only with David but with Jesus as “the Good Shepherd” in the Gospel of John.

 

Anthem

Shepherd of My Soul

Susan Dengler has written these words, a tender expression of God as the “Shepherd of my soul, Keeper of my heart, Guardian of each step I take.”  I hope the prayerful words, paired with an equally gentle melody, written by her husband Lee Dengler, will remain with you as you leave worship and move through your daily lives.

 

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