The Good Shepherd
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Bulletin: April 26, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Easter
- Praise: Ye Servants of God (lyrics & melody, video, orchestra & choir,trombone, history, background, commentary)
- Preparation: Rescue the Perishing (lyrics & melody, video, background, meditation)
(Author: Fanny Crosby video 1, video 2, video 3.)
- Response: Lord, Thy Church on Earth is Seeking (lyrics, melody, video)
Rev. Mark McKim
In the church’s calendar this Sunday (April 26) is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The reason is that the Scripture lessons appointed for today have a lot to do with sheep and shepherds. The reading from John’s gospel, for example, records the words of Jesus about his being the Good Shepherd. So in many churches around the world you will hear sermons which describe the followers of Jesus as sheep and Jesus as the kindly shepherd who cares for us.
But not at First Baptist.
You see this is the season of Easter, the “great fifty days” between Easter and Pentecost, and instead of readings from the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), the first reading for today is from the Book of Acts, the story of the early church. And it’s the intersection, the placing of the reading from Acts and that of John’s gospel, side by side, which is intriguing. And it’s where things intersect that life often gets the most interesting – and challenging!