Sunday, March 2, 2008

Good Shepherd Sunday

Good Shepherd Sunday this morning! Psalm 23, good shepherd-y hymns, an excellent bulletin drawing of Jesus as the shepherd, done by one of the young gentlemen in our parish, and Brother James' Air for a choral anthem and the postlude.

And in the midst of it all, I had one of THOSE moments. I have them five or six times a year and they are the moments when I understand why I'm in church. This morning, the moment came during the Offertory Hymn. We were singing the last verse of "Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided" (Thornbury), and WH was pounding away on an alternate harmonization, and I was overtaken by the music, and the words, and the great joy of it all.

Thy hand, O God, has guided
Thy flock from age to age;
The wondrous tale is written,
Full clear, on every page;
Our fathers owned Thy goodness,
And we their deeds record;
And both of this bear witness,
“One Church, one Faith, one Lord.

5 comments:

Diane said...

oh, we call the 4th Sunday of Easter Good Shepherd Sunday. (John 10 and ... Psalm 23 redux.)

Though we did Psalm 23 today too.

Chorus said...

That's entirely possible, Diane - This may have been a sort of informal recognition of the Good Shepherd because of the arrival of Psalm 23 in the lectionary.

It's kind of lovely to think that we get to do it twice!

Crimson Rambler said...

oops...we do it again Easter 4 as well!

Chorus said...

YAY!

Mary Beth said...

I love this! Thanks. And welcome to RG!

I'm also a university administrator!