Shepherding God’s Flock

Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you, not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 1 Peter 5:2 ESV

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I once was invited by a fellow chaplain to bring some music to the Veterans Home in our city. While we visited a bit after the service, he related to me the following story:

“Not long after I retired from the Methodist church a few years ago and began helping as the chaplain I met one of our congregants downtown. He greeted me pleasantly and asked how I was and what I was doing. When I explained that I was working here as a chaplain, he stopped me and asked, ‘That’s wonderful, but are you pastoring a real church somewhere?’ “To which I replied, ‘ And what would a real church look like Bob?’ “

The calling that God has given some of us to serve in long term care facilities is about shepherding a part of God’s flock, and it is as real as it gets! Here at “Walking With Lambs” we are committed to encouraging, equipping and providing resources for those who are also doing all they know to shepherd God’s lambs in the final chapters of their lives. One resource that we offer is a free weekly newsletter. “Sunshine Newsletter“, is a two-page devotional newsletter and is made available by four of us who write, format and distribute it to 8-10 facilities in New York, Florida and Ohio. If you would like to receive Sunshine Newsletter, you can contact me at Revpete51@gmail.com. You are welcome to copy or distribute this by print or by email its contents in entirety. If you would like to contribute articles, news or fun insights into long term care ministry, I will be happy to send you a copy of our guidelines. God bless and have a wonderful day!

Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

5 thoughts on “Shepherding God’s Flock”

  1. A story Pete…if I may.
    I remember, as a visitor from 8 hours away, tagging along with a pastor to the local nursing home. He asked me to lead music from the piano and do a special. Something happened there that didnt happen in the church (I was the guest speaker for 5 days of revival meetings in the church programming).
    When I played and sang “He Touched Me” . The humming and singing along started, then weeping from a few and then the group. Loud wailings were heard. Soon a pile of nurses and aids filled the room entrance to see what was happening. Hardened nurses were crying.
    What God did for his lambs that day (instead of in the church) was remind them they were not forgotton, and blessed them with an overpowering experience of His presence. A blessing I was humbled by being a part of, knowing full well it was nothing I did.

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