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- 8:15am - Prayer Time
- 9:15am - Bible Class
- 10:30am - Worship
Laying hands on our shepherds and speaking the words of Christ to them was a special moment for me during the service. “Shepherd the church of God”, “Feed my sheep”, “Take care of my flock”. Simple words, yet rich with meaning.
As Jesus was preparing to go back into heaven after accomplishing the mission he came to fulfill, he spoke the last two phrases to Peter. As the Apostle Paul was encouraging the Ephesian elders knowing he would never see them again he gave them the first phrase, “Shepherd the church of God.” Speaking these words while symbolically laying hands on each elder allowed me to hear Christ whisper into each of their ears.
It is no small thing to accept the invitation to serve as a congregational shepherd. An elder learns that despite their best efforts they will regularly think they could have done more or done things better. Their work often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. Sometimes the only feedback they receive from the congregation is when someone is upset that things are not going as they want. They will listen and pray with people not always knowing exactly what to say, but they pray anyway trusting God will hear and answer according to his will.
Love your shepherds. Encourage them in this work we have asked them to do. Make it your goal to get to know them and to be supportive of their efforts to provide watchful care of the whole church. As far as it depends on you, make their work a joy!