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I just want to be a sheep (John 10:11-16, 1 Peter 2:21-25, Ezekiel 34:11-16)

Vicar Justin ClarkeVicar Justin Clarke, April 26, 2020
Part of the One Year Lectionary series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Tags: Easter


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About Vicar Justin Clarke: Vicar Justin Clarke grew up in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a graduate of Crandall University in Moncton New Brunswick Canada, where he received a BA in Biblical Studies. He is currently an MDiv student at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne Indiana serving his one-year vicarage at Catalina Lutheran Church from July 2019 to July 2020. While at Crandall University he met his wife Joy who grew up in San Diego California. They have two sons Alastair and Declan. They lived in South Korea teaching ESL. Vicar Clarke has a wide experience with other Christian groups, have been in Baptist and Presbyterian Churches before joining the Lutheran Church. When he is not serving at CLC he enjoys international travel, reading and writing fiction, and enjoys all things Scandinavian.
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John 10:11–16 (Listen)

11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

(ESV)

1 Peter 2:21–25 (Listen)

21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

(ESV)

Ezekiel 34:11–16 (Listen)

11 “For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

(ESV)

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