It is helpful to be reminded on occasion that our Lord Jesus was a Jew who was shaped in the Jewish tradition and steeped in the words of the Hebrew scriptures. Among the most beloved of those scriptures is Psalm 23. It is easy to imagine Jesus praying to His Father using the words and images of the psalm. In John’s gospel Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…. I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:11, 14-16. With congregational participation, Pastor Karen Witt preached on April 26 about the good shepherd’s prayer to His Father through the words and images of Psalm 23. Her lovely, moving sermon is at this link.