Sermon Summary for Sunday, April 17, 2016
His Staff has Two Ends
Today was the Fourth Sunday after Easter - also known as Good Shepherd Sunday and we heard Psalm 23.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Mother Mary pointed out our stained glass on the east wall of the church where we have a beautiful depiction of Jesus as the good shepherd. In His hands are a staff. Mother Mary reminded us that His staff has two ends. One to protect us and restrain us from danger. And the other to prod us so he can lead us where we need to go; even when we may be scared.
Can you think of a time where Jesus has used His staff to save you in your life? Where do you feel He may be prodding you to go next?
Respectfully submitted by Jeff Tindall.