Wednesday, April 26, 2006

next thursday: the good shepherd

Danielle and Andy, you're next up. Here's the gospel text to guide you -- and all of us -- along the way. I'm here as your general consultant, and Rosanne is on top of music. FYI: You'll find the Good News for the next several weeks under "Open Thread."

And now, for the Gospel ...

John 10:11-18:
Jesus said, "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."


Anonymous DrewV said...

I;m picturing an activity. Emerging from a contemplation/centering/community coming together, an art activity w/ people representing (writing names or drawing pictures of) people (in their 'flock') on pieces of paper. Then Body prayer open space with St. Dominic's 9 ways of prayer cycled on a powerpoint (I will make). People can move around the church exploring different spaces and body motions for worship (Dominic's or their own). But they take their flock with them. At the end we all gather under the big hanging cross, put our papers in a pile together under the cross of Jesus, and gather together with them, us, papers and all. Then sing a song. From there... table. I'm really feeling like working my fingers into the meat of this. Ca n we pick psalms/other readings to incorporate, Steph? Any thoughts Danielle?


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