Jesus the shepherd

This is one of a series of short reflections that can be used by individuals or small groups. It may be worth considering keeping a journal to make notes as you use each reflection.

In this session…..we shall be looking at Jesus’ as shepherd and door keeper into the sheep fold.

Settling in.
Spend a few moments to prepare to be open to receive from God during this reflection.
You may consider putting your phone on silent for a while. Light a candle. Get comfortable.

Gathering worship
Listen to this song:

Read this prayer:

Lord of the sheepfold, whose love is not for hire, who calls to himself the victims of the world:
we thank you that Christ laid down his life for us when we could not help ourselves;
in the weakness of his love give us strength to work for peace in the world he came to serve, through Jesus Christ, the good shepherd. Amen.

Bible Study

Read John 10 1-18

Both the shepherd and the sheep go in and out between the fold and the country beyond where the pasture is.  So our Christian life is a coming and going between the fold (the church) and the wider world beyond.  Our comings and goings should be centred in Jesus.

1. Reflect about ways in which life can at times make you feel lost and alone.

2. What is it that gives your life meaning and purpose?

3.  Are you as close to Jesus as you would like to be?  And if not, what would bring you closer?

Reflection

Look at the pictures in the Methodist Art Collection and decide which one speaks to you about Jesus

1. Do any of the images speak to you of Jesus the shepherd?

2. Which of the pictures speak to you of Jesus who brings life?

3. Which picture(s) do you find most difficult? Why?

4. Which pictures do you like most? Why?

We suggest that you come back to this collection again – and ask yourself the same questions – notice of you change your mind about the pictures.

Read this Gaelic Blessing:

The Lord bless me and keep me
The Lord make His face to shine upon me
To shine upon me and be gracious
And be gracious unto me

The Lord bless me and keep me
The Lord make His face to shine upon me
To shine upon me and be gracious
And be gracious unto me

The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon me
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon me
And give me peace, and give me peace
And give me peace, and give me peace
Amen

This is part of a series originally compiled by Bob Callaghan and Alison Spreadbridge for St Edmund’s Church, Dartford.

Still figuring out what being a disciple might mean. Anglican priest and cyclist. One of the founders and editors of New Roots - partly as a way of hanging on in there!

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