• Susan Little – has had a challenging week, being evaluated by her doctors.
• Mike Little – continues cancer treatments, has responded better to current medication.
• Francis Feighner – Greenville Memorial, fluid build up with cancer treatments.
• Earl Martin – home after brief hospital stay for a prostate infection.
• Jim Davis – now home after stay at NHC with congestive heart failure.
• Debbie Campbell – Rehab at Foothills Presbyterian in Easley after accident.
• Keith Blore – encouraging doctor’s visit this week, will continue to monitor concerns.
• Wayland Sherman – finished with cancer treatment, will continue to monitor.
• Bryson Davis – recovering remarkable well four wheeler accident, doing well.
• Jim & Elaine Sumeral – homebound, ongoing health issues.
• Allyson Sherer- continues to do well overall, positive recent doctors’ visits.
• Carolyn Madden – cognitive/physical issues.
• Jane Ivey – recent surgery, hopeful to begin to feel better.
• Bill Ramey – continuing to take treatments.
• Joan Owings – NHC, continues to receive care/treatment.
Worship Options: We will continue to post a worship service every Sunday on our website and via the FBC Laurens App. You may also listen to our service on WLBG at 11:00 each Sunday morning.
Worship Resumes in Person this Sunday, June 28: We will offer identical services at 9am & 11:30am each Sunday. Sunday School will remain virtual for the time being. Please read carefully the June issue of The Tie for guidance regarding worship.
Upcoming Youth Event: Moana Drive-In Movie and Ice Cream on the Church Parking Lot, Tuesday, June 30th, 8pm. Please contact Haymes Harlan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or George Lewis Compton (email@example.com) for info.
FBC Golf Fellowship: Tuesday, June 30th at 5:30pm. Contact Tommy Cox to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Adult Sunday School on the Radio: Join us at 3pm each Tuesday afternoon on WLBG. The 30 minute lessons will be offered by a FBC Sunday School teacher.
Children’s Ministry Drive By Ice Cream Fellowship Tonight: Verdin’s Too will be on our parking lot with free ice cream from 6-8pm. Stop by, grab a dish and go.
Read Psalm 23:2-3a
The redemptive name of God that is used in today’s focal passage is Jehovah-Shalom, which means “The Lord is our peace.” Just as a shepherd gives sheep rest in green pastures and refreshes them with quiet waters, so God had done in a spiritual way for David. Likewise, God also provides this for us.
In today’s reading, there are two key words upon which we need to focus – makes and leads. To best understand the context in which these two words are used, we must first consider some of the characteristics of sheep.
First of all, sheep will not lie down unless the conditions are just right. They must be free from all fear. They must be free from the irritations of flies and parasites. They must be satisfied and filled, not hungry. Sheep also have a difficult time getting along and there is a butting order within every sheepfold. As a result, sheep will not lie down unless they are free from friction with others in the fold.
Therefore, the work of the shepherd is to create (make) or protect an environment where it is possible for the sheep to lie down and rest.
Sheep also become thirsty. When they do, they become restless and set out on their own to search for water. Instead of receiving water from the dew on the morning grass or a river or stream, sheep have a strong tendency to drink water from mud puddles along the way. The puddles are often filled with bacteria and other diseases that are harmful to the sheep.
The shepherd’s role is to lead the sheep to the best water source.
We have been created with a thirst for God and only the Spirit and the life of Christ himself can quench that thirst. Through the Spirit, God reminds us of God’s presence with us in the most difficult of times. God provides a focal point for us. God provides comfort and relief from the harsh and abrasive aspects of this life.
The cares and the struggles of this world can leave us exhausted. Such times are opportunities to learn our dependence on the Lord. Life can come at us at a dizzying pace with schedules that are impossible to manage. We are bombarded by the need to do more, to have more, and to be more. But the Good Shepherd has something else entirely in mind when He invites us to lie down in green pastures and stroll leisurely beside quiet waters. Refreshment, rest, and renewal are waiting for us, if we will just allow the Shepherd to lead.
• Review the characteristics of sheep mentioned above. How are we like sheep?
• What are some of the muddy puddles that people drink from? What are the results?
• On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself in terms of peace and contentment? (10= great!)
• Are you satisfied with that number? What would you want that number to be this time next year? What do you need to do so this can happen?
• What are some areas where you might need to allow Christ to be your Good Shepherd and simply follow and trust Him?
Prayer: Lord, you are the Good Shepherd, and we give thanks for your tender care for us. Teach us to follow you more closely and help us to realize that you always have our best interests at heart. Forgive us for the times when we have attempted to do life on our own terms and not yours. Let us rest in your green pastures and lead us into the quiet waters of your peace, Amen.