Category Archives: Good Shepherd Sunday

Four Contemporary Song Choices for Good Shepherd Sunday

Four Contemporary Song Choices for Good Shepherd Sunday

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. – John 10:11

Good Shepherd Sunday is celebrated on Easter 4 which is May 11, 2014.

“You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman:

“Dwell” by Aaron Keys:

“Good Shepherd of My Soul” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend:

“The Lord is My Shepherd (Angel of The Lord)” by Miriam Webster:

For WELS & ELS Churches only – The sheet music for one of these songs will be shared within our group of churches that use Contemporary music.  There are twenty churches so far from all over the US that have already joined the group.  You can see the group members here: link

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There is no obligation on your part to join. You will receive about an email a month containing helpful resources, links and information for churches within our fellowship.

WELS – Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

ELS – Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Psalm 23

Psalm 23

I recently listened to a lecture by Louie Giglio on the WEB. Pastor Giglio is the Minister at the church where Chris Tomlin serves.
Sometimes, we need to hear an opposing side of things for the truth to really set in. Read on.

Two Shepherds…
One Good…
One an Impostor and a Thief…

These readings are more effective to first read Ps 23 vertically down the left column then read the 23rd lie, reading down the right column.

Psalm 23 The 23rd Lie
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. The thief is my shepherd, I am always in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he makes me sleep in barren wastelands,
He leads me beside quiet waters, he hurries me wearily along only to drink from a nasty stagnant ditch,
He refreshes my soul. he destroys my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. He leads me into a corn maze of deception because “Deceiver” is His name.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
And when I walk through the tough times of life, he abandons me.
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Fear and evil are my only companions.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
In the end, my pantry is bare, and my enemies cheer.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
My head is covered in shame.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, Mercilessly his condemnation hounds me, every single day of my life.
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.
And I am a prisoner in his mirrored house of horrors without end.

To me, that brings new meaning to Ps 23.

One restores…

One destroys…

Which will it be? Whom do you serve? You know the answer.

So, let’s look at the Psalm again.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
This is a Psalm for people who are experiencing major loss.
For people who have been stunned by life.
Because the Lord is my Shepherd, therefore there is nothing I lack.
I lack nothing,
I am a sheep.
Alone, I wander off.
Alone, I lack wisdom and strength.
Alone, I have gone astray.
But the Shepherd keeps us together.
He feeds us.
He keeps us safe.
I feel safe in the presence of the Shepherd.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
I, the sheep, lie in the green pasture because I’ve eaten my fill.
I am content and at rest.
I have peace and comfort right in the middle of the storms of life that surround me.
Because I rest in Him.
In Him, I find the soft and comforting “green pastures.”

He leads me beside quiet waters.
Like a sheep, I follow.
I drink from the quiet pool.
It is a safe place.
My thirst is satisfied.

He restores my soul.
He created my soul.
Inwardly I am being renewed day by day.
My food is God’s word.
This word brings me rest, peace and renewal.

He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake.
Because I am a sheep, I need a guide, otherwise I tend to wander.
The path is well worn and I know it well, yet I still stray.
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light to my path.
He doesn’t point the way, He leads the way.
He knows the way because He has been there.
He’s been tempted, he’s got an arrest warrant on his record, he’s been tried, he’s been bullied, he’s been victimized, he’s been betrayed, he’s been crucified, he’s been, he’s been, he’s been. Trust me, He knows the way.
He will do it for the sake of his name.
He must do it. His name, his character, his reputation are on the line.
He will make the rough places smooth.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For you are with me.
He will never leave me.
Never forsake me.
He has summoned me by name.
I am his.
I belong to Him.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The shepherd has a rod and a staff.
The rod is for the outside enemy.
It’s to smack Satan and his evil colleagues.
The staff is to keep me from wandering off.
Both the rod and the staff are a comfort to me.

You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
God feeds, provides, leads and protects.
I do have an enemy.
But he now sees me dining at the King’s table.

Surely, goodness and love will follow me, all the days of my life…
God is pursuing me.
Chasing me.
Searching for me.
God is my creator.
He knows me.
He knows everything about me.
He knit me together.
He understands me.
And yet, He still loves me. Feeds me. Leads me. Protects me.

… And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
That’s right!
I will!
Me!
With the Lord in heaven forever!
This is the most exiting thing that has ever happened to me!

That’s Psalm 23!!!

Forgiveness of Sins for Easter

Forgiveness of Sins for Easter

The following is a “Forgiveness of Sins” written for Easter, but also containing references for “Good Shepherd Sunday.”  It is in a responsive format and is the result of a collaborative effort between Steve Brown (Worship Coordinator of Messiah Lutheran Church – South Windsor, CT and Pastor Michael Zarling – Epiphany Lutheran Church located in Racine, WI).

Minister: May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
C: Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

M: I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing, declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:4)
C: I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands. (Psalm 119:176)

M: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I know my sheep and my sheep know me. (John 10:11, 14)
C: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

Silence for confession for how we have strayed and wandered as God’s lambs and sheep.

M: He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. (Micah 5:4)
C: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. (Psalm 23:1)

M: And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5:4)
C: Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise. (Psalm 79:13)

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

Psalm 23 Responsive Prayer

Psalm 23 Responsive Prayer

P:         The LORD is my shepherd
C:        God, thank you for this relationship
P:         I shall not be in want
C:        God, thank you for supplying my needs
P:         He makes me lie down in green pastures
C:        God, thank you for providing me with rest
P:         he leads me beside quiet waters
C:        God, thank you for refreshing me
P:         he restores my soul
C:        God, thank you for healing me
P:         He guides me in paths of righteousness
C:        God, thank you for providing your word as a guide in my life
P:         for his name’s sake
C:        God, thank you for providing a purpose and direction for my life
P:         Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
C:        God, you know just how much testing is right for me
P:         I will fear no evil
C:        God, thank you for your protection
P:         for you are with me
C:        God, thank you for being with me
P:         your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
C:        God, thank you for discipline when I need it
P:         You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
C:        God, thank you for being my protector
P:         You anoint my head with oil
C:        God, thank you for anointing me
P:         my cup overflows
C:        God, thank you for abundant blessings
P:         Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life
C:        God, thank you for continual blessings
P:         and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever
C:        God, thank you for eternity

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

© Steven Brown, August 2010, http://sjbrown58.wordpress.com, Kenaniah Music

Feel free to reproduce this piece in your worship bulletin or folder for congregational use

Responsive Reading for Good Shepherd Sunday

Responsive Reading for Good Shepherd Sunday

 

Pastor:  I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing, declares the LORD.

-    Jeremiah 23:4

 

All: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

- Psalm 23:1

 

Pastor:  He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.

- Micah 5:4

 

All:  Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.

- Psalm 28:9

 

Pastor:  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.   I know my sheep and my sheep know me.

- John 10:11 & 14

 

All:  Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth

- Psalm 80:1

 

Pastor: And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

- 1 Peter 5:4

 

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

God our Shepherd

God our Shepherd

The Lord my Shepherd is,

I shall be well supplied;

Since he is mine and I am his,

What can I want beside?

He leads me to the place

Where heav’nly pasture grows,

Where living waters gently pass,

And full salvation flows.

if e’er I go astray,

He doth my Soul reclaim;

And guides me in his own right way,

For his most holy name.

While he affords his aid

I cannot yield to fear;

Though I should walk through death’s dark shade,

My Shepherd’s with me there.

In sight of all my foes,

Thou dost my table spread;

My cup with blessings overflows,

And joy exalts my head.

The bounties of thy love

Shall crown my following days;

Nor from thy house will I remove,

Nor cease to speak thy praise.

(Psalm 23 – Metrical Version by Isaac Watts)