Celebration of Faith Sunday
April 26 is a big day at PEACE Lutheran Church – we have many things to celebrate! Among them is Good Shepherd Sunday.
Traditionally, on the fourth Sunday after Easter, Lutheran churches have the 23rd Psalm as their psalm of the day. It’s also known as the “Good Shepherd Psalm” for its metaphor of God as a good shepherd who cares for his flock. We Christians understand Jesus as the Great Shepherd, who came as the manifestation of God on earth, in human form, to show us how to live out our faith.
On April 26, children and youth of PEACE will lead the congregation in reciting the 23rd Psalm. It’s one of many aspects of Celebration of Faith Sunday. To learn more about Celebration of Faith Sunday, click here.
This version we will use is the King James Version, published as part of the King James Bible in England in 1611. It is chosen for our April 26 recitation for its classic, poetic beauty. In Sunday School at PEACE, children and youth are encouraged to memorize Psalm 23 so that it’s power to comfort and encourage will always be handy in any moment of difficulty.
Psalm 23 – A Psalm of David (KJV)
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.