We gathered in worship this morning considering the theme “Hear His Voice”.  We took time to welcome each person in attendance with a personal greeting, sharing “you are welcome, you are called” and we shared together in the sacrament of communion.  The scripture focus for today came from John 10:1-10.

John 10:1-10New International Version (NIV)

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Val B. brought the message and related the theme to her own intention during and since Lent to remember that God is always present and to look for the sacred in her daily life.

If you haven’t already read it, I recommend Toni Chavla-Smith’s article in the newest Herald magazine.  It is titled “Ordinary Time”.  Toward the end of the article, he shares “hope is purer when it becomes content with the promise that pulsing in, through, and under the rhythms of life is the God who never abandons us…If we’ll simply be present when there’s not much going on, we just may feel the regular flow of an extraordinary love.”  May we each be truly present in each moment of our lives this week and actively look for the sacred that is all around us.

Amazing God – You are a wonderful Parent and we are thankful to be Your children.  You call each one of us by name.  You claim us as Your own.  You know every hair on our heads, every cell in our body and the desires of our hearts.  God – we yearn to sense Your Holy Spirit surrounding us, moving in us and through us.  We know it is always present, but we are not always aware.  Open our hearts and minds to be present in each moment.  Open our eyes and ears to see and hear and feel the sacred all around us.  Guide our senses to make us keenly aware of Your Spirit and that extraordinary love that You give to each one of us.  May we claim that love deep within our beings and then pass it on to all those who we have the privilege of sharing our days with.  We pray these things in the name of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.  Amen.