Good Shepherd Sunday 2015

The Good Shepherd Gives His Life for the Sheep

This is the Sunday traditionally named "Good Shepherd Sunday" because of the readings appointed for this day.

Please consider the passage below, from John 10:

10:11: I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
10:12: But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
10:13: The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
10:14: I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
10:15: As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
10:16: And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
10:17: Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
10:18: No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

And now I humbly ask you to enjoy and contemplate the lyrics and music for "Brother James' Air:"

The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
the quiet waters by.
My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of blessedness,
Ev'n for His own Name's sake.
Within the paths of blessedness,
Ev'n for His own Name's sake.
Yea, though I pass through shadows death,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still.
Thy rod and staff they comfort still
They comfort still.
My table Thou hast furnish'd
In presence of my foes;
My head with oil thou dost anoint,
And my cup overflows.
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my days
Will surely follow me;
And in my father's heart alway
My dwelling place shall be.
And in my heart forevermore,
Thy dwelling place shall be.
And in my heart forevermore,
thy dwelling place shall be.