WE ARE NOT ALONE, WE LIVE IN GOD'S WORLD

WE ARE NOT ALONE, WE LIVE IN GOD'S WORLD

WE ARE NOT ALONE, WE LIVE IN GOD'S WORLD

WE ARE NOT ALONE, WE LIVE IN GOD'S WORLD

WE ARE NOT ALONE, WE LIVE IN GOD'S WORLD

Céad míle fáilte / One hundred thousand welcomes

The United Church of Canada is one of many denominations of the Christian faith. Here in the South Mountain-Hallville pastoral charge, we stand in the Celtic tradition as open and inclusive congregations, offering hospitality to all strangers and friends.  We are glad that you are either worshiping or thinking of worshiping with us.

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Enjoy the Our Daily Bread devotional thought

18 November 2018

Daily Devotionals
  • Dumb Sheep, Good Shepherd

    My friend Chad spent a year as a shepherd in Wyoming. “Sheep are so dumb that they’ll only eat what is right in front of them,” he told me. “Even if they’ve eaten all the grass in front of them, they won’t turn to look for a fresh patch—they’ll just start eating dirt!”

    We laughed, and I couldn’t help but think about how often the Bible compares humans to sheep. No wonder we need a shepherd! But since sheep are so dumb, not just any shepherd will do. Sheep need a shepherd who cares about them. When the prophet Ezekiel wrote to God’s people in exile, captives in Babylon, he compared them to sheep led by bad shepherds. Instead of caring for the flock, Israel’s leaders had exploited them, profiting from them (v. 3) and then leaving them for the wild animals to devour (v. 6).

    But they were not without hope. God, the good shepherd, promised to rescue them from the leaders who exploited them. He promised to bring them home, put them in lush pastures, and give them rest. He would heal the injured and go after the lost (vv. 11–16). He would banish wild animals, so that his flock would be safe (v. 28).

    As God’s flock, we are in need of tender care and direction. How blessed we are to have a Shepherd who is always leading us to green pastures! (v.14).

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Traditional Lands Acknowledgement

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We acknowledge the traditional territories upon which we gather to worship. For many thousands of years, our Indigenous brothers and sisters have sought to walk gently on this land. They offered assistance to the first European travellers to this territory and shared their knowledge for survival in what was at times a harsh climate. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.

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