The Parable of the Wandering Sheep
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Dealing With Sin in the Church
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Look around. We come from many walks of life. Trails and paths, roads and highways, stories from different places. Some of us feel alone, tired and afraid.With no visible trail into our future, we hear the call to step out in trust. To create our path by walking it. But we do not walk it alone. There is One who is with us, who will never leave us. This One’s words whisper to us, “I am with you!” This One offers us grace. Grace of this moment, this people,and this place. Grace to embrace us in our fears. Grace to transform us as we enter in to worship. Let us stand and sing to our God of Grace.