Sermon Introduction –
The Good shepherd knows our names and calls out to us.
As God calls we follow.
It is what sheep do.
Introduction to the Readings
The gift of new life, of eternal life, is the gift of the risen Christ. It is the promise of Jesus. It was true for Dorcas in Joppa. It was true for those “who have come out of the great ordeal” in the Revelation vision. It is true for us and for all the baptized: surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.