As we journey in this season of Lent, worship continues to be that place that allows us to open our lives (individually and as a community) to God's voice and leading. For many of us the lenten study groups are providing an engaging and interesting opportunity to reflect more deeply on core beliefs and practices of the Christian faith as we consider the “I Am…” statements of Jesus. This Sunday we consider what it means for Jesus to be the Good Shepherd.

A reminder that this afternoon, March 14, at 5:00pm FPCL will be hosting the Interfaith Religion Chat in our Fellowship Hall. The Topic is - “your religion’s path to leadership” and will consider how different faith traditions prepare and train their leaders. Should be a worthwhile and engaging discussion.

As we continue in this season of Lent I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday.

Grace & Peace,
Steve W

All are welcome to join us Sunday, March 18, 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary as we celebrate the life of Isabel Curry. If you are unable to be present for the service I would ask you to say a prayer for Isabel’s family.

This week's worship information:

Sermon Series: I Am…

Sunday's Message:The Good Shepherd

Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon.]:

John 10:11-18
Psalm 23

Questions for reflection:

• Spend some time reflecting on these past few weeks of Lent; how would you describe your walk with God? How can you intentionally allow these next few weeks leading up to Easter to be a time of reflection and renewal in your faith?

• Did you memorize Psalm 23 when you were a kid? Read it [printed at the end of this email] and ask yourself - why do you think this is one of the most memorized passages in the bible?

• What do you think it means when Jesus refers to Himself as “the good shepherd?” Is it a helpful image for you to think of yourself as a sheep with Jesus as your shepherd? If so, why? If not, why not?

John 10:11-18

‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 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. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.’

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.