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."

Monday, April 24, 2006

this thursday (4/27) - love one another

John 15, 12-19:
This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father. You didn't choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won't spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. But remember the root command: Love one another.

what does it mean to love? does it require sacrifice? is it, as the lesson for this week states, putting your life on the line for others? come this thursday night to hear and explore just what love may be.