Scriptures for April 25th: Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 Songs:
Easter People, Raise Your Voices- UMH 304; Would I have Answered When You Called – TFWS 2137; Lamb of God – TFWS 2113
Today we focus on the good works of Tabitha. She was able to use what she had to help others. She had the ability to make clothes, which in turned helped those in need. As a saint in the early church, she was loved by many. Many were devastated when she passed away and they thought they had lost her and her gifts. But the acts of the faithful are always supported by the acts of the Holy Spirit. Peter is able to revive her and bring her back to life, just as Jesus would have done. The Holy Spirit was there, and remains wherever there is the story of the faithful.
This is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, because we focus on Jesus as shepherd of our lives. A shepherd spends so much time with his sheep, that when he speaks they listen for further direction. Jesus is being questioned by those who don’t believe. And yet he explains that if they were a part of God’s pasture – they would know who they were questioning. They asks if he is the messiah – and yet Jesus says that if you understood God’s plan you wouldn’t have to ask. Do we take the time to hear the voice of our shepherd? Do we know what Jesus is saying to us?
Questions: Who do you know in your life who has devoted their lives to charity and helping others? What do they do? How can we as a church honor them and use them as a example of who God calls us to be? Is Jesus really you shepherd? What is your response, when you hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you?
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