Prayer: O God of peace, you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep. By the blood of your eternal covenant, make us complete in everything good that we may do your will, and work among us all that is well-pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (The Prayer of the Day for this Sunday)
Reading: John 10:22-30 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: At camp, we often sing the song, “I Just Wanna Be a Sheep.” The song reminds us that we don’t want to be like those who don’t know Jesus. We want to know Jesus and follow the Good Shepherd!
In our gospel story for this Sunday, Jesus reminds us that his sheep hear his voice and follow. In our gospel story yesterday, Jesus restored Peter and told him in three different ways to “Feed my sheep.” He then told him to “Follow me.”
How good are you at being a sheep? Do you listen to Jesus’ voice and follow him, doing what you might be called to do? Or, are you resistant?
As we celebrate the Good Shepherd this Sunday, let’s all be like sheep! --Chad Hershberger
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