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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Fourth Sunday after Easter
MESSAGE FROM PRIEST LISA
The Good Shepherd (-John Beam)
H
olding on is one
Opening new doors
Places around the corner not yet seen
Everywhere once locked, now like bars melted into peace

Beloved Saints,

This Sunday is both the Fourth Sunday of Easter and also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. It is a day to continue celebrating the gift of the resurrection as well as reflect on the particular image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. And I readily admit, until recently, I have had a mighty hard time finding the depth of meaning and beauty in this particular image. 

 
Think about it- sheep, really? I mean of all the animals that God could have chosen to represent humans, why sheep? Sheep are often described as unintelligent, aimless and defenseless. None of the qualities that probably any of us aspire to, and yet, this imagery is prolific throughout scripture. With just a little reading it is clear sheep are fairly weak animals- not strong survivors, not fierce predators- in fact they are almost entirely dependent on the shepherd that cares for them. So for years I have not warmed to the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd and I, a sheep of his fold. 
 
And then over a year ago I started working on an icon of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. I admit I approached it with some resistance, but as with all the iconography I have worked on, I trusted that it would help me enter into a deeper understanding of this imagery and possibly help breakdown some of my resistance, and maybe offer a deeper appreciation. And so I began. 
 
What has happened over the past year and a half is what always happens when I commit to an icon and the work of “writing an image”; I have let it work on my heart and break open what would have otherwise stayed locked away. As I get closer to finishing this piece (the image below is my progress report), I can share that I am finding new richness in this imagery realizing that both the process and the product are rich with nuance, shadows, depth and texture.
 
In a nutshell, I am learning that if “unintelligent” means not knowing everything, and “aimless” means needing to wander a bit, and “defenseless” means being more vulnerable and true to self, then perhaps recognizing how we are indeed like sheep from time to time, might just help us grow in faith as we continue to learn how to trust in the One that calls us by name. 

May you never forget that you are loved.

Priest Lisa
 

SUNDAY REMINDERS
HOLY EUCHARIST at 8:00AM & 10:00AM
 
  
 
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST FOR ALL @ 9:00AM every Sunday.

NURSERY 
(infant-Pre-K)
  is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway.   
  


CHURCH SCHOOL is in session. School begins at 9:30 and children will join us for communion.  

VISITOR & NEWCOMER BRUNCH
TODAY in the Gathering AT 11:15.

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS 
WEDNESDAY - HOLY EUCHARIST WITH INTERCESSORY PRAYER @ 10:30AM in Sanctuary

QUARTER TO FORTY OUTING
Saturday, May 12 ~ 7:00pm. The group (for those 25ish-40ish) will be meeting at Pizza e Vino Cellar 849, located at 849 Penniman Ave. in downtown Plymouth. Call Laura Hoehner at 313-378-4049 for more information or to RSVP.

YOUTH SUNDAY BREAKFAST
& WORSHIP SERVICE

Sunday Celebration on May 21st. The all church breakfast is planned for 8:30am and worship service at 10am. The youth are seeking adult volunteers assist with breakfast. To signup email Jayne Watson.  Please note – there will be NO 8am service this day!

CONFIRMATION AND REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH - Thursday, May 25 ~ 7:00pm at St. John’s. Bishop Gibbs will be presiding at the Deanery Confirmation Service to Confirm or Receive St. John’s members along with members of other Episcopal congregations in the area. All are welcome to attend.

VACATION BIBLE CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
• August 14-18; 9:00am-12:00pm
• Children ages 3-11
• Cost is $25 per child (snacks & t-shirt too!)
• Activities: crafts, music, outdoor games, bible lessons
Registration for campers is now OPEN and can be found at on SJP website or by clicking here. All SJP children, their friends and community are welcome! Contact Jayne Watson for more information.


GOOD LISTEN/READ/WATCH
Gotta Serve Somebody by Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir
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