Moravian Church in North America

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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message: May 7, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Listening to the Good Shepherd

Jesus is our shepherd and leads to the way of life. A clear truth spoken to in John’s Gospel—a truth, however, that is sometimes hard to grasp. How often do we look for other guides for life’s ultimate answers? How often do we look to a self-help book or political views as our ultimate guide and definer of what’s important?

As individuals and as church, we can find ourselves looking to other guides, listening to other voices. Congregations can strive to be like this or that other church, in order to gain members, money, influence, or power—instead of being who Christ calls them to be.

The only way forward for us is to listen to the Shepherd’s voice. In John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of going on ahead of the sheep, and the sheep follow, because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger.

How do we listen to Christ as a church and as individuals? Cultivating time to pray and listen for Christ’s voice is vital, opening up the Scriptures to passages (even if they make us uncomfortable) is important, and listening to the Spirit of Christ present in the faith community is necessary. The only way forward for us is to cultivate lives and communities attentive to Christ’s voice and to follow.

Marian Boyle Rohloff, pastor, West Side Moravian Church

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Moravian Daily Texts

01/18/2018

Thursday, January 18 — Psalm 13
Genesis 21; Matthew 7:24–8:4

You are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea. Psalm 65:5 (NASB)

Jesus Christ came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Ephesians 2:17

Precious Jesus, you call us to be peacemakers in our homes, in our communities, and in our world. Help us to speak kindness into discord, comfort into mourning, and hope into hopelessness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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