All Saints Messenger - May 4, 2017

posted May 11, 2017, 11:40 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Having just returned from an Alumni Council meeting in Sewanee and reading the passage from John for this Sunday brought to mind a classmate of mine. He graduated seminary with all of us but he decided to stay in Sewanee and not seek ordination because Sewanee had become a great place of growth and transformation for him. He had become contemplative and listened to the Spirit in new, exciting and different ways.

My classmate stayed, got married, and built a sheep farm. Chris & I (sometimes Emma) stay with him and his bride once in a while when we return and stay in a small apartment above the shed and art studio. We often wake up to the sound of his voice calling the sheep as he and his faithful sheep dog command them to move through the pasture. It is a special sight and experience. What was amazing was how he could easily call the sheep in and lead them where he needed them to go. Chris, Emma & I often laugh about the times our friend let us try to call them as the sheep ignored us.

Our gospel reading says, "When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice." What does it look like in your faith-filled life to listen to the voice of the shepherd? Where are you following this shepherd? Where are you being led in your life of faith--for the sake of the kingdom here and among us?

Faithful God, open our ears that we may hear the voice of the great shepherd and follow as we are led into greater faith and greater opportunities to proclaim the name of Jesus. Amen.

See ya Sunday! 
Fr. Gary+