Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sermon for July 22 2012 by Rev. Kate Ekrem

Proper 11B, July 22 2012
Rev. Kate Ekrem

"For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” That’s from our letter to the Ephesians this morning. And our Gospel says Jesus had compassion on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd.

 I used to tell a story about the Good Shepherd to Sunday school children using felt, I still have the felt pieces in my office.  There is felt green pasture and felt still water and also a felt sheepfold, brown strips of felt. Part of the story is to set them up like a fence or wall around the sheep, and to show that the sheepfold has an inside, and an outside, and a DOOR, and then you show how the door can be opened.

The church has walls. But Jesus has broken down a wall