May 7th, 2017

Read "JOHN 21:1-19" & "PSALM 100"

Fourth Sunday in Easter

"Jesus said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me? . . . Feed my sheep." (JOHN 21:17)

FEEDING & TENDING

Why do we love our church? Maybe we belong to a small group where we have built strong friendships. Maybe it's the youth group and activities for our kids. Maybe the congregation is friendly and welcoming. Or maybe our pastor is so easy to connect to on a personal level.

So often, our love of church is based on social satisfaction. It is a good thing to have strong personal relationships, but friendships and social activities are not everything or even the most important things.

We are hungry. We need to be fed. We are broken and bleeding. We need someone to tend our wounds. The Church calls pastors, the shepherds of God's people, specifically for this task. Pastors wash clean our wounds in the water of Holy Baptism. They bind up our broken bones with words of Absolution. They strengthen us with holy food. the body and blood of our Lord, in the Sacrament of the Altar. They do these things in the stead and by the command of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Faithful pastors feed the sheep.

We love our church because she is faithful. Our church gives us Jesus, just as He has commanded His Church to do.

Thank You, Jesus, for faithful pastors who feed and strengthen me in the faith with the Word and Sacraments. Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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