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On “Good Shepherd Sunday” Tomorrow at St. Paul’s, We’re Going to Reflect on “No More Hurting People” as God’s Promise and Ours

April 20, 2013

The photo at the top of this posting is of Martin Richard, the eight year old boy who was killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon, holding up last year a sign about peace that he’d just made in his Grade Two class. This picture is on the cover of the Order of Service for tomorrow.

It’s so fitting that tomorrow is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, for this is always Good Shepherd Sunday, a day on which we focus on Our Lord’s love for us. Our Psalm is always the familiar Twenty-third Psalm about the Lord’s being our Shepherd, and our Gospel always shares Jesus’ words about himself as our Good Shepherd from John Chapter Ten. With the tragic violence in Boston so much in our hearts and minds, we’ll especially reflect together tomorrow on what these and our other passages from Holy Scripture have to share about God’s Presence with us in the midst of life’s darkest valleys, and where the true power in the universe lies.

This Sunday is also two days before St. George’s Day, and we’ll also reflect on how this, too, can encourage our hearts as we give ourselves to live in such a way that “no more hurting people” characterizes everyone’s existence, a world in which these words are not only our prayer but also our song of joy.

Embedded below is President Obama’s speech from the Memorial Service in Boston on April 18 in its entirety. This stirring address uses as its key texts the following two passages from Holy Scripture:

Hebrews 12:1: “Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us;” and

2 Timothy 1:7: “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” 

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