Reflections

These reflections are originally published in the weekly newsletter, the Net.
All reflections written by Fr. Bill Garrison will be archived here.
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“I am the Good Shepherd.” 

We will be talking about a Good Shepherd as a metaphor for Jesus Christ this week. Please note that the text quoted above says am, not was. Jesus is the Good Shepherd today as well as he was when he first made the statement about himself.

Jesus as the Good Shepherd has a long history. The figure of Jesus as the Good Shepherd was often found on the walls of the catacombs, where Jesus was depicted carrying a sheep on his shoulders. The spiritual leader of a congregation is often called a “pastor” and this title comes from the latin word for “shepherd”.

We can learn much from this metaphor about God and Jesus. Let’s talk about it this Sunday.

When Did We See You Lord?

`Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them,...

The God We Believe In

In this week's gospel lesson, three people are given incredible wealth to manage while their master is gone. Two invest and earn their master interest. The third hides what he has been given and it remains exactly as it was when the master returns. God, of course, is represented by the master and...

Don’t Wander Off

The gospel lesson this week is about a wedding once more. This time ten young bridesmaids are waiting to greet the bridegroom. It starts getting late, midnight in fact, and five of the girls don't have enough oil. So off they scurry to attempt to buy more and while they are gone the bridegroom...

Enormously Happy

This Sunday we will be celebrating All Saints Day. And yes I am aware the actual date is November 1, but most churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after the first. I imagine we do that because it's difficult in modern times to get to church on another day. In any event, the gospel for Sunday...

Stewardship Message from Ken Duran, Treasurer

Dear St. Andrew’s Family, As our annual stewardship campaign gets underway, you have been hearing about the theme, Rooted in Abundance, and its reminder to us that we are inspired to give because so much has been given to us. This is not transactional – we do not give in proportion to how we feel...

Stewardship Message from Melissa Rigler, Senior Warden

Dear St. Andrew's Family St. Andrew’s has deep roots. Shortly, we’ll be celebrating our 100th anniversary. Life was quite a bit different 100 years ago. As is our community, how we spend our time, and how we communicate. The words of Jesus Christ remain constant. The messages behind the parables...

Stewardship Message from Fr. Bill Garrison, Interim Rector

Dear St. Andrew’s Family, The most important words to say in Church are “thank you.” Say it often, and mean it, and today I say it to you. Thank you for the many gifts that you share with our community. You have heard the familiar expression “can’t see the forest for the trees” before. We most...

By This Everyone Will Know

In the gospel of John, chapter 13, verse 35 we hear Jesus saying the following. "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." What do people think about Christians these days? Do they think about the love and care demonstrated so obviously in our...

But That Isn’t Fair!

In the gospel this week, we find a landowner hiring people all day long to work in His vineyard. The rub comes at the end of the day when everyone gets paid the same amount. The people hired first think they should get more since they worked all day. We aren't sure how the ones who came last feel,...

The Value of Forgiveness

In the gospel this week, Jesus tells us that a King forgave a man the equivalent of $10,500,000,000 just because the man asked for mercy. Then that same man wouldn't forgive another person a debt of $20,000, even though the person begged. Both of these totals are in today's terms for easy...