Carol Wehrheim tells the story of Jesus as the good shepherd. The Time with Children in the worship service at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ, focuses on telling Bible stories to the congregation. Listen to storytellers from the church bring these stories to life with dramatic flair.
As Jesus and his disciples walked from town to town and village to village, they often saw, out in the fields, sheep. But the sheep were never alone. There were always shepherds with them, because the shepherds had to help the sheep get food and water and keep them safe.
So it’s not surprising that when Jesus wanted to tell a group of people about God’s love, he thought about shepherds and sheep, and this is what he said: “I am like a good shepherd and you are my sheep. I’m not like the person who gets paid to come take care of the sheep. That person, when a wolf comes, runs away, and the sheep have to fight the wolf on their own. No. The good shepherd stays and fights the wolf and takes care of the sheep. I am a good shepherd,” said Jesus, “I know all my sheep - every one of them - and they know me. They hear my voice and they remember it. But I have many sheep who are not here and I take care of them too. One day, there will be one great flock of sheep, and one good shepherd.”
Now the people knew exactly what Jesus was talking about because they knew that shepherds took the sheep to where there was grass to eat, to the brooks where there was cool water, and they did everything they could to make sure the sheep were safe. They were happy to know about God’s love and that Jesus was a good shepherd to them and we can be happy that we know about God’s love and Jesus is our good shepherd too.
Let’s pray. Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus so we could learn about your love, and that he is our good shepherd. Amen.
Storyteller: Carol Wehrheim
Text: John 10:11-18
Carol Wehrheim is a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ, where she is Clerk of Session. She is the author of Getting It Together, Giving Together, and The Baptism of Your Child: A Book for Presbyterian Families as well as the three volumes of Feasting on the Word Children’s Sermons (Bible stories from the lectionary for telling in worship).