Inviting Other Sheep
Call to Worship
L: The Lord is my Shepherd, who cares for me.
P: He leads me in right paths and restores my soul.
L: Even when darkness threatens to overcome me,
P: I fear no evil, for I know You are with me.
L: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
P: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Eternal God, you taught us that we fulfill the law and the commandments by loving you and one another. We confess that sometimes we fail miserably at this. Help us reach out in love, that your church might be a place of healing. Amen.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”