Worship Companion – November 22 2020

The Good Shepherd.

“Shepherd” Samuel Palmer, 1827

This week we’re finishing up our series called “Faithful Then, Faithful Now.” We’ve covered a lot of ground in this series, ranging the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation to see how God has been at work in the world and how He continues to act today.
We’re finishing up with the great Biblical image of God as our shepherd – a perfect way to illustrate God’s faithfulness that has extended all through human history. In our anchor texts today, notice how God describes himself and what kind of actions being the divine “shepherd” entails.
Anchor Texts:
The Theme in Art:

“Good Shepherd” by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1902-1903

Above we see Tanner’s depiction of the “Good Shepherd.” What does the darkness of the scene and the light of the moon tell you about the shepherd? Can you see any sheep? What might Tanner be representing about the shepherd in this particular painting?
Below is a second painting by Tanner, called “Good Shepherd – Atlas Mountains, Morocco).” The scene and lighting could hardly be more different from the painting above. Here, the sheep are much more obvious, too. What is this painting representing about the “Good Shepherd?”

“Good Shepherd (Atlas Mountains, Morocco)” – Henry Ossawa Tanner (1930)

The Theme for Kids:
Here’s the story of the good shepherd from Luke 15!

The Theme in Song:
Jesus is depicted in different ways at different times. Sometimes the strong and imposing King and judge, sometimes, as the gentle shepherd seeking a lost lamb. This song, “Softly and Tenderly” expresses an important facet of God’s care that we ought not to forget, and perhaps need to share with a lost and hurting friend today. Encourage them to “come home” to God and respond to the call of Christ. 


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