Theme of the Day: Fulfilled Works March Victorious Over Empty Words

The world is full of talkers. There are plenty of people who say they care about you. But we are aware of what many of those people will do when it comes time to put those words into action. Jesus tells you in his Word that he cares for you dearly… that he would do anything for you. How do you know you can trust him? Jesus followed up his words with works. Jesus said he would suffer and die for you, so that you might enter Paradise. He fulfilled that promise. Jesus words are followed by works. He once illustrated that point in a striking metaphor, that of the Good Shepherd. All shepherds use words, calling to the sheep hoping they will follow. What sets the Good Shepherd apart is the fact that his words are followed by his works, including his willingness to lay down his life. Every word our Good Shepherd speaks to us is trustworthy!

John 10:22-30
Acts 13:15-16a, 26-39
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 23

471 – Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
552 – The King of Love My Shepherd Is
553 – The Lord’s My Shepherd
555 – The Lord’s My Shepherd
951 – Lord, Now You Let Your Servant
551 – Jesus, Shepherd of the Sheep

Prayer of the Day: O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for the sheep. Lead us now to the still waters of your life-giving Word that we may abide in your Father’s house forevermore; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. Alleluia.