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Resting In The Shepherd King

  1. God Is Great
    1. Invocation/Ps.89 You are our Father, our God, & the Rock of our salvation! You alone are above the highest of the kings of the earth.
    2. The Shepherd King is exalted above all earthly kings. He is our savior.
    3. We find rest in the sovereignty of our Lord Jesus, for he has power over all creation and he has won victory over suffering & even death.
    4. I may fear the power of individuals or organizations, but I have the assurance that my Lord reigns above them all in power and in love.
  2. Trust God
    1. Call to Worship/Ps.23 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
      I fear no evil; for you are
      with me… [you] comfort me.
    2. The Shepherd King is trustworthy, strong, and present with us.
    3. We find rest in the worthiness of our Lord Jesus, for he is present w/us even in the darkest times/places, no matter how divisive & threatening.
    4. I may fear the dark threats of enemies working against me, but I have the assurance that my Lord walks with me & comforts me through it.
  3. Belonging
    1. Offertory/Br. David Steindl-Rast “… you belong to a network of give-and-take & you say ‘yes’ to that belonging. This ‘yes’ is the essence of love.”
    2. The Shepherd King is loving & generous & herds us all together.
    3. We find rest in the fellowship of our Lord Jesus, for his love manifest in us and between us is the bond of unity assuring us that we aren’t alone.
    4. I may fear the isolation of loneliness or rejection, but I have the assurance of belonging to a global/historical body of brothers/sisters.
  4. Unity
    1. Ephesians 2 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.
    2. The Shepherd King is an equalizer & a peacemaker; making unity reality.
    3. We find rest in the unified body of our Lord Jesus, for his peace alive in us & between us is the transforming power overcoming selfish empires.
    4. I may fear the sting of hostility & feel the grief of division, but I have the assurance of peace that passes understanding & makes us one in love.
  5. Rest & Restore
    1. Mark 6 “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” & he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd
    2. The Shepherd King is compassionate & invites us to find our rest in him
    3. We find rest in the comforting compassion of our Lord Jesus, for his joy is to restore us to life, to fill us with hope, & redeem us as his own.
    4. I may fear the press of demands & the weight of expectations, but I have the promise of abundant life empowered on God’s greatness, founded on God’s trustworthiness, expressed in belonging to God’s eternal family, strengthened in God’s unifying love, and sustained in God’s restorative rest and grace.
    5. No matter how alone we may feel or what we fears may haunt us.
      No matter how desperately we may struggle
      or what adversaries may be set against us.
      No matter the burden of expectation we may be bearing.
      We can still find true rest in our Shepherd King; our Lord Jesus.

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