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The Good Shepherd

We are in the third week of Easter Season, approaching Easter 4 this Sunday.  Every year, the fourth Sunday after Easter is Good Shepherd Sunday. The readings come from the tenth chapter of John’s Gospel, and in the three year cycle, every year focuses on a different part of the chapter.  This year, the reading is John 10:1-10.  Jesus as the Good Shepherd is one of the most common images in religious art. The idea of Jesus as the Shepherd of his people, a shepherd who is gentle and kind, yet holds us to a standard of behavior, is comforting to many.

Ironically, this week is also the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival! You can find information about it by googling the title. If you like to knit or crochet, or spin or weave, it is the place for you. There are also sheep shearing demonstrations, and sheep dog trials. Its a fun way to spend the day. And don’t forget the delicious lamb sausages.

This Week at St. Thomas

Thursday:  7;30  Music Practice
Friday:      7:00  AA
Saturday and Sunday:  Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
Sunday:     9:30 Worship and Baptism of James Boblitz, Katie Greenbeck Boblitz’ baby boy.
4:30 Evening Song

Next weekend, the 12th and 13th of May, is Diocesan Convention. As part of Convention, Friday evening is “The Big Tent Meeting” at Goucher Auditorium, with the Most Reverend Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop, as the preacher. He is a dynamic speaker, not to be missed. The event begins at 7:00. Order tickets from the Diocesan office, 410-467-1399.

The Good News went out this morning to all on our mailing list. Hard copies will be available in the Narthex on Sunday.

In Closing

Too late I loved You, O Beauty of ancient days, yet ever new! too late I loved You! And yet, you were within, and I abroad, and there I searched for You…
   You called and shouted and burst my deafness.
   You flashed, shone, and scattered my blindness
   You breathed fragrance, and I drew in breath, and I pant for you.
I tasted, and hunger and thirst. You touched me,
    and I burned for your peace.
–  Confessions of St. Augustine –