Webb Road Congregation

 

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“To help families and individuals develop  a faithful relationship with God, through  the ministry of Jesus Christ!”

 

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3500 South Webb Road, Wichita, Kansas   67210   

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John 10:  11-18

Many name the fourth Sunday of Easter as Good Shepherd Sunday. Today’s Gospel text and the 23rd Psalm provide an intense image of Jesus, the incarnation of God as the Word made flesh, as the good shepherd for the children of Earth.

Through our modern-day lens, we often underestimate the role of shepherd. It is a thankless job. It requires a deep and lasting love for the sheep. Being a shepherd involves a commitment that goes way beyond a casual relationship. It includes a selfless willingness to give up one’s life for the flock.

The Greek word, kalos—translated as “good” shepherd—means more than the opposite of “bad” in its original language. The word also means “model.” Jesus is not only a good shepherd but also a model shepherd for us.

In a few short verses, this parable represents the depth Jesus willingly works toward for God’s people. It upholds the communal nature of the call to life as a disciple. It highlights the inclusive nature of Jesus’ invitation to all who will listen. It implies the role of disciple in following Jesus’ model of sacrificial service for the sake of all.

Jesus invites everyone into relationship with the Divine and one another at all costs. “God yearns to draw you close…” (Doctrine and Covenants 163:10a). Eventually, we decide whether to accept the invitation.

Therefore, to hear the invitation we have to be open and listening. We have to engage in opportunities that allow us to hear the voice of God. It also means we have to center on Christ so we can recognize and discern Christ’s invitation from the other voices calling out to us (see “Hark! The Voice of Jesus Calling” Community of Christ Sings 592).

We live in a busy world where there are many demands for our attention. In our busyness, we become tired, discouraged, misguided, and lost. Today’s text reminds us the good shepherd is always calling our names, trying to keep us on track, providing support and encouragement, and inviting us into relationship with him and others of the faith community.

Mission begins when we encounter the Divine. Mission is relational—our encounters with God draw us into relationship with the Divine and then with others. Genuine relationships with God and one another provide the foundation for journeying together in discernment and mission. To be able to hear Christ’s voice both individually and collectively, we need to create opportunities for encounter and relationship building. Shared spiritual practices within the body help “the flock” stay connected with one another and the shepherd.

Too often we see spiritual formation as something private and individual. This parable reminds us of the communal nature of discipleship and discernment. When we work together to hear Christ’s voice, we are better able to discover God’s purposes for the Earth and our part as a congregation to help bring about God’s vision of shalom. Shared spiritual practices provide discipline to our communal centering and listening.

Hearing Christ’s voice disrupts our lives. We recognize opportunities around us where we can help resolve injustice and brokenness. We are drawn—individually and collectively—out of our routines and comfort zones and into Christ’s mission. Jesus, our model of the good shepherd, sends us to be the good shepherd for others.  

 

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      pastor@webbroadcoc.org

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Regular Activities

Sunday

Sunday School,  9:30 AM

 

Worship Service, 10:45 AM

 

Pot Luck Dinner on 2nd  Sundays  (Next: Sept. 9th)

Monday

Men's Prayer Breakfast,  8:30 AM
 

Tuesday

Women's Bible Study  Group 
9:00 AM 2nd and 4rth Wks
 

Wednesday

Prayer & Testimony Service, 7:00 PM
 

   


 
April 21st:
  Chihowa Workday @ Chihowa

 

 April 19-22nd:
  Youth Fundraiser (Concession
  Stand) @ Cessna Activity Center
   - Wichita Gem and Mineral
   Society Annual show

 

 April 29th:
  Spaghetti Dinner @ Webb Road
  Fundraiser for Youth

 

 May 16th:
  School's Out Picnic @ Webb
  Road 

   

Pot-Luck Dinner Season:
 

Next Pot Luck Dinner:

Sunday, Sept. 9th

 

 

 

 

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