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Sunday, July 1, 2012

“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…” (John 10:14-15) 

Jesus repeats it again, “I am the good shepherd,” as he stated in verse 11. Why would he have to repeat himself? The answer ought to be obvious to us, as much like children, we need to be reminded we are not the One in charge and to live the life to which God calls us. This Good Shepherd leads and guides us and corrects us when we go astray. Sometimes that correction, that reminder, can be painful, but we rest nonethless in the assurance that it comes from a loving, caring Shepherd, who seeks our greatest good–life in Him.

Lord, help me to remember who You are, that you are indeed the Good Shepherd. Help me to remember that I am the sheep, and I don’t control the days of my life. May I continually trust you, and may I be a sheep worthy of your calling. Amen. 

Good Shepherd, I so easily presume to know the way I should go. May I always perceive Your leading me. Thank you that You have called me, that You know me and for the privilege of knowing You. I take You for granted so many times, Lord, help me to be grateful for Your willingness to stoop and lift me up in your loving arms. Amen. 

 

Saturday, June 30, 2012, Devotion

“He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.” (John 10:12, 13)

The Lord is the One through whom all things were made. We are the work of His hands. Noone loves any one of us as He does. Even though there are shepherds who care for the flock, they cannot love as the Lord loves. God Himself came to deal with what needed to be dealt with. He has shown up, because He cares more than anyone imagines.

Lord, help me see that no matter how much I care, I cannot care as much as You. Help me see that no matter how much I say I will be faithful, I cannot be as faithful as You. Grant that I would trust in You and the Word You give and follow Your voice. Train me to hear Your voice when You speak.

Thank You Good Shepherd for coming into the world to live among us. Thank You for guiding us in the way of truth and light. Grant today, following the truth You have revealed, that I would live in that truth and freely proclaim it to all. Guide me Good Shepherd, that I may guide others into Your loving and caring arms. Amen.

Friday, June 29, 2012 Devotion

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

Jesus came to die. He came to pay the price no sinner could pay, in order to set free the captives; to liberate those who are in bondage to sin and death. Those who follow the Savior, are saved. No other lays down His life for the sheep, for no other can afford the price that has to be paid. Jesus alone is the good shepherd.

Lord, help me to follow You and no other. Grant that I would live into this life of faith that You have given me, knowing that there is no other way that leads from bondage into true freedom. Help me overcome the obstacles that get in the way and impede my growing into the life You have intended from the beginning.

Guide me this day, Holy Spirit in the ways of eternal freedom. In thankfulness for being set free, lead me in the revelation of the Good Shepherd who laid down His life that I may be able to be faithful to the Father this day. In all I say and do, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 5 (July 1, 2012)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 5 (July 1, 2012)
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A: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence

A: Most gracious Lord, have compassion on your Church throughout the world. Heal it from every false teaching, unkind act, and unfaithful witness. Raise it up from sloth and sin; provide so generously for its needs that it may be generous in sharing your gifts with others; and by its winsome and lovely righteousness, draw all people into your Son’s life-giving presence. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Your people cry out to you for deliverance from affliction, wrath, danger and need. Therefore we pray: Raise up earthly rulers who fear and honor your commandments, seek to do you will, and care for the needs of their people; and grant to us all a measure of your peace. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Fill the people of this congregation with the spirit of gentleness, generosity, and compassion, so that we reflect Jesus’ goodness to everyone we meet, and our church becomes a byword among our neighbors for your strong saving love. Deal gently with those among us who are bereaved, whether recently or for many years, and those for whom death draws near. Have mercy on them, be their strong help, and turn their mourning and tears into laughter and songs of joy. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Incline your ear to your persecuted Church, so that they may never despair of your goodness but rather give thanks to you forever for your great mercy. We pray also for our sister congregations and ministries [names]. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: We thank you for those in our military, past and present, who have served God and nation with honor. Especially we thank you for all who gave their lives to secure the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit not only of happiness, but also of righteousness. Keep our nation always in your care; and raise up protectors worthy of the great responsibility entrusted to them. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: Clothe all who wear the sackcloth of suffering with the clean linen of your salvation and joy, especially [names]. Give them such confidence in you, that they constantly turn to you for help, and grant to all who love and care for them such tenderness and skill, that suffering and loneliness are eased and hope and faith are strengthened among us all. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

A: There is no profit if we go down to the pit, nor shall dust praise your faithfulness. Therefore we thank and praise you for your Son’s triumph over the powers of sin, evil and death, and for the eternal life in him that you promise to all who call upon your name. Give us the full measure of your Spirit, so that we may trust you most confidently, even when we are surrounded by our ancient enemies, may encourage and console one another along our common pilgrimage, and may cling to the Cross of Jesus until it unbars the very gates of your Kingdom and you welcome us home. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

P: Into your hands, merciful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers composed by Pr. Cathy Ammlung.

These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at prsteveshipman@gmail.com. There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012, Devotion

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

Through the cross of Christ, I glory, towering over the wrecks of time. There is only way to be reconciled and that is through the cross of Christ. It may be foolishness to the world, which is perishing, but it is the means of salvation for those who believe. We are called to go through Christ, who is the only way to being reconciled with God.

Lord, shut all other doors in my life, that I may go through the only door that leads to life. Grant that I would be aware of the tugs and pulls of this world, which seek to lead me astray. Hold me fast to the truth You have given me, that I may not stray. Grow me in the way You have laid out before me, that I may be a faithful disciple.

Thank You Lord Jesus for coming and breaking through the barrier of sin and death through the cross. Lead me today, that I may faithful, not only living according to Your purpose, but also according to the will of the Father. Grant that I would be an example of a faithful disciple today to the glory of the Father. Amen.

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Devotion

“All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.” (John 10:8)

Jesus is the only way, truth and life, there is no other. We need to be mindful that if we take in other philosophers, teachers, or leaders, regardless the age they lived, they are not the Master. There can only be One who is Lord. Listen to the voice of Jesus and you will hear the voice of the Master.

Lord and Master, help me to hear Your voice and obey. Grant that I would live into this life You have promised me, by living Your Word. Help me see where I have listened to others and then help me to correct my thinking, so that it is in accord with the Word You have already spoken. Grant that I would be led only by the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Lead me today, O Lord, that I may faithfully follow the Word You have given me. Help me to not be contentious, but humble and serving in all I do, following the example You set when You walked on earth. Help me this day, to be faithful in all that I say and do, being an example that points to You, that others may follow You alone. Amen.

Monday, June 25, 2012, Devotion

So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. “ (John 10:7)

Jesus does not lead the way, He is the Way. As Paul teaches, we are baptized into Christ’s death, in order to be raised along with Him, to the glory of the Father. He leads us through death, a death of sin and the devil, in order to live lives that are eternally directed in the Father’s will. A new life comes by going through the door; going through Christ, who leads the Way.

Lord, I make it much more complex than it needs to be. Help me understand that I need to submit my life to Yours, knowing that You will make me into what has always been intended. Grant that I would live into this new life You have come to give. Remove anything that would hinder me living into a new life that is eternally bound.

Thank You Jesus for leading the way. Grant that I would hold fast to the truth You have revealed, knowing that You have revealed the Words of eternal life. Use me this day to live in the truth, that others may see clearly that I follow You. Help me to be faithful in all I say and do, doing the Father’s will on earth as it shall be done in heaven. Amen.

Sunday, June 24, 2012, Devotion

This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. (John 10:6)

Many still do not understand that Jesus, quite literally, speaks to those who know Him. He has come to lead those who will follow and does so personally, guiding and directing day by day. It is not a religious system Jesus came to establish, but a living relationship. Those who want religion do not understand what Jesus has come to do.

Lord, help me, in the midst of my religious practice, to hear Your voice and follow You wherever You would lead me. Grant that I would hear when You speak and follow when You command. Remove the doubts and fill me with belief that I may not be unbelieving. In spite of what others may say, help me be the follower I can be by Your power.

Lead me today, Lord Jesus, that I may be faithful in fulfilling the Father’s will. Grant that I would speak Your Word, that others may have the opportunity to hear You and follow too. In all I say and do this day, may it be with a clear understanding that it is You who is leading me through the day. Amen.

Saturday, June 23, 2012, Devotion

“A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:5)

In today’s world, there are so many charlatans that we need to take great care to be clear on understanding the Master’s voice. What we hear will be the same as those who have gone before have heard. There will be no “new” Gospel. What we hear will be the call to be faithful to the Word once delivered. Flee from the lies of the devil and follow the Master who has come to set us free!

Lord, help me hear You clearly as You have spoken and as You speak. Grant that by growing in Your Word rather than relying on my feelings, I would not be led away by all the winds of false doctrine, but would instead hold fast to what You have already given me. Lead me away from the places of trouble and confusion, and help me to know that You alone are able to do this.

Friday, June 22, 2012, Devotion

“When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:4)

In a world filled with so many conflicting voices, learning the voice of the Lord is the most important thing you can do. Learn His voice and then listen. He will lead each of His sheep where they need to be. Jesus gave Himself up so that we might have the opportunity to follow Him. Following Him starts by learning the sound of His voice.

Lord, open my ears that they may hear clearly when You speak. Help me learn to listen, that I may know it is You. More importantly, when I have heard Your voice, help me to follow Your command. Grant that I would learn to be faithful, as You lead me away from the evil of this world and prepare me for the place where everything is perfect.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for leading the way. Grant that I would faithfully follow You this day, knowing that You will guide and direct me each step of the way. Help me to be faithful, even as You have been faithful, doing those things which are pleasing to the Father. Help me lead others to follow You. Amen.