Fourth Sunday of Easter 10:30 a.m.
Lectionary Readings: Psalm 23; John 10:11-18
Text: “I am the good shepherd, I know my own and my own know me.” John 10:14
Sermon: “Hook, Or By Crook”
Tease: One of my most memorable experiences was visiting a Bedouin encampment on the Palestinian West Bank. My stay included time in the fields with the shepherds and their flocks. Once the sun was directly overhead, we guided the sheep to a small watering hole where a number of shepherds and flocks gathered for a time of refreshment. What was truly amazing was the way in which the flocks intermingled with each other, with no markings to differentiate one group from another. But, when it was time to go, each shepherd had their own distinct call and the flocks separated themselves and went peacefully on their way. Each sheep knew the sound of his, or her own shepherd. Needless to say, this lovely passage offers some welcomed guidance in cacophony and confusion of our own time.