“My Sheep Hear My Voice” – Fourth Sunday of Easter [5/12/19]

Today’s Passage:  John 10:22-30

Opening Prayer: Father God, we know there are many voices out there.  May we recognize when You are speaking to us.  May we hear Your voice clearly above all other sounds.  May the Holy Spirit help us to discern Your truth and set aside any worldly deceptions.  May Your words encourage us, reassure us, guide us, and sustain us.  In the name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: “One Step Away”- by Casting Crowns (Lyrics)

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]:  “My Sheep Hear My Voice” by Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia.
“Muppy, Fritzy, Sandy…who were they? They were the three schnauzers who belonged to my bishop when I first moved to Richmond,” Michael Renninger says.  “And may I tell you a secret? They were the most hateful dogs to ever walk on God’s green earth.”  Renninger played a trick on the dogs, imitating the bishop’s voice so closely the dogs were confused and came running, but it wasn’t long before they discerned the difference between their true master and the “terrible young priest” who was trying to confuse them.  In today’s passage from John 10:22-30, Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are his sheep. But how will we know how to follow? Just as the schnauzers figured it out, we listen. But how do we discern the difference between the imitators and Jesus’ voice? Listen as Renninger helps us figure out how to hear, and recognize, the Good Shepherd’s voice.

or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmdwxjhN9E0

Closing Song: Third Day – Follow Me There – Lyrics

Closing Prayer:  Father God, thank you for speaking truth, through Jesus Christ, to us.  We know and recognize His voice.  We are grateful that He guides us to a greater knowledge of You.  He is the good shepherd.  He watches over and cares for each one of us every day.  May we always hear His voice and be drawn to you.  May the Holy Spirit continue to show us the way to follow Jesus.  Amen.

Epilogue:  Hear My Voice by Kindred Souls

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